Kaplan University, Online
Erica Ellsworth has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Women’s Studies from New Mexico State University, and a Master’s of Arts degree in Literature from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Currently, she is a PhD student at Walden University in the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership with a specialization in Educational Technology. Erica has taught for over sixteen years. She began her teaching career at Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University, Mankato) as a full instructor teaching assistant and then as an adjunct instructor in the English Department. She taught for the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education program teaching adult basic skills (reading, writing, and math), Basic Writing, Business Writing, Freshman Composition I and II and literature courses as well as beginning through Algebra II math classes. She has taught a variety of study skills, adult basic education, and English writing and literature courses online.
Presenter for the Following Session
- Citizen Journalism: Social Media as the Writer’s Canvas
As teachers, we have to consider how voice and authority change in the technological realm of writing. Because students are becoming authors and generators of ideas, their voices and authority move from passive, student voices, to more active voices of experts. This change will influence the dynamic of power in the writing classroom.
- Beyond Email: Harnessing Multimedia Tools to Effectively Communicate with Students
Forging a connection between instructors and students presents continued challenges in all course modalities. When Wooten-Blanks (2012) used PowerPoint to share her story including her struggles as a student, grades in her courses went up by about 20%. She said “I realized that my story had impacted the students” (par.2). Sull (2012) stated “Today’s technology allows us to get closer to our students—and lets our personalities really shine through” (par. 9).