Steve Klense

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A Certified Professional in Training and Development (CPLP), Elisabeth A. Klar has over ten years of experience in designing, developing and facilitating corporate training programs on business topics such as customer service, management, entrepreneurship and real estate. During her professional career, Elisabeth has served a number of roles within the financial services industry, including manager of a retail banking center, client training facilitator, and a recent role as director of training for a large Midwestern real estate services firm. Presently, Elisabeth operates a consulting firm specializing in the design, development and evaluation of corporate and continuing education adult learning programs. In addition, Elisabeth has enjoyed teaching online and classroom-based courses in management, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior for the last 5 years.
Elisabeth earned her MBA in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, and is presently in pursuit of a Ph.D. in Organization and Management at Capella University.

How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?

As the daughter of two educators, I grew up witnessing the impact that quality teaching has in making a difference in the lives of students. The opportunity to teach at Grand Canyon University has been personally meaningful for me in developing an online teaching practice that does just that - makes a difference! Being a Grand Canyon University instructor has been a wonderful opportunity for me to mentor and contribute to the growth and learning of my students. In the process, I am grateful for my own learning and growth that has evolved as a result of my experiences at Grand Canyon University.

What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?

I believe a critical part of the learning process is providing the opportunity for students to personally apply the course material to their lives and goals. I enjoy using threads within the online discussions to direct students to outside resources, real-life examples and personal assessments. For example, my management course students enjoy taking self-assessments to reflect on their own personal style of managing others. Through this approach, students experience self-discovery while also critically applying course concepts to their own experiences.

What is a GCU online student success story you can share?

I recall one particular student who quickly became discouraged due to a lack of understanding of how to write academic papers in APA format. The lines of communication were open and we were able to discuss his struggles and barriers while coming up with a plan to overcome them. Over a period of 8 weeks, consistent and detailed feedback was provided to help the student build confidence in his skills. The student was also able to refine his skills through the outstanding writing resources offered by Grand Canyon University. In week 8, the student submitted his final paper for grading, and I was so proud of the remarkable writing progress he had made in such a short period of time.