eLearning faculty testimonials
David Harland Rousseau
Foundation studies professor
"SCAD eLearning is interactive. Through discussion boards, students give and receive feedback on their submissions; this makes for a surprisingly supportive environment.
I connect with students through video critiques, instant messaging and discussion boards. I also chat on the phone whenever further clarification is needed. Whenever possible, I upload video messages — a sort of "fireside chat" — to share my insight on broader issues related to the creative process.
Foundation studies serves students from multiple disciplines. Therefore, we encourage students to think of themselves as focused professionals who embrace process, take calculated risks and share insight. When critical thought and creative process are ingrained, the professional can pursue any career goal.
The asynchronous, 24/7 availability of SCAD eLearning allows creative professionals the ability to challenge themselves while leading busy lives. The lectures are always available as are the assignments. Feedback is provided on discussion boards, so it is easy to review in-class critiques from the comfort of one's home.
Successful SCAD eLearning students manage their time wisely. They contribute greatly to the discussion boards and find that providing feedback helps them to better understand their own work. They embrace process, objectively analyze their work and always look for ways to create a more dynamic composition.
I'm always touched by the support students show one another through discussion boards and forums. The collaborative growth is inspiring."
Beverly Lynn Elson
Art history professor
"The eLearning immediate environment provides the platform for my most meaningful, creative teaching. Breaking-edge technology encourages myriad approaches to meet individual learning needs, resulting in a harmonious educational experience for all of us without time and space constraints.
The eLearning experience for students will be a lively one with in-depth interaction between the professor and students. Students can march forward quickly to career goals because they can work at their own pace. Experienced leadership accompanied by skilled teaching nourishes students to produce their best work in a friendly environment.
Independence, creativity, excellent communication skills and enthusiasm are common traits of eLearning students. Discussion threads frequently turn into exciting explorations, furthering the learning experience into unexpected areas of knowledge."
Imani Michelle Scott
Liberal arts professor
"Our students can expect rigorous and challenging opportunities for learning and personal growth where they engage in practical activities to improve their communication and public speaking skills.
The scholarly quality, integrity and rigor of SCAD eLearning courses replicate that of traditional brick-and-mortar courses; students benefit from convenient and flexible class schedules without sacrificing academic excellence.
I have 25 years of experience teaching communication and public speaking skills in various academic institutions and corporate settings throughout the U.S. The most successful eLearning students care about their educational experience; consequently, they are also disciplined, committed, hardworking and conscientious. The most encouraging experiences I have had while teaching this course occur when students share their stories of developing confidence and skills that exceed their own expectations."
Christina A. Gonano
Interior design professor
"Although the information is presented differently, lectures, assignments and discussions are the same whether gained through eLearning or on the ground.
I still hold conferences and individual meetings with students through SCAD Connect. Students are typically working in their fields and gain the same familiarity with classmates and faculty as in an on-the-ground class."
"eLearning allows me to extend my reach and help students all over the world reach their full potential.
Students are able to continue with their day jobs or regular lives while pursuing a degree. In my experience, [they] are self-motivated and eager to learn, [so] I try to structure feedback and projects as close to real-world situations as possible.
I enjoy being able to look back on the work from the quarter and seeing how far a student has grown."