Usha Jagannathan, (Ph.D)
Usha Jagannathan began her professional career as a Senior Programmer Analyst designing database programming for Dept. of Economic Security State Agency in AZ. She also worked in private industries for several years as a software consultant, and later chose to pursue a career in education. She has worked as an adjunct professor in Computer Information Systems at Baker College Online for Graduate Studies and Jones Online. She currently teaches part-time at Kaplan University and Maricopa Community Colleges in Arizona.
She also conducts technology training workshops and go as consultant for client sites to train clients on databases to apply for their job responsibilities.
Ms. Jagannathan has taught at Kaplan University since 2002 and taught a number of courses in the KU School of Information Technology and currently teaches IT 350: Structured Query Language, and IT 358 Oracle Query Design.
She is moving into her dissertation phase in her PhD program at Northcentral University and her research focus would be on student retention issues, persistence and in engaging students to successfully complete their degree programs.
In her spare time, Ms. Jagannathan enjoys being very active in STEM projects for local school districts in AZ and helps her children with their school state science fair projects every year. Her eighth grade daughter recently won a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) award recently on Environmental Science project. She is married to a wonderful, supportive husband and have 3 children ages, 13, 8 and 6.
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- I Deserve an “A”: Effective assessment in online courses
How many times have you heard students say, “I deserve an ‘A’”? As online professors, we want our students to learn and earn the grades they truly deserve!! How well is the assessment component of your course structured?
- Engage the Disengaged: Strategies for addressing the expectations of today’s online millennials
Are we going to engage or disengage our students? The choice is ours. It is certainly not the short attention span of our students or their lack of focus! We are expecting today’s students to learn based on yesterday’s educational strategies. Students want to learn using new strategies and technology! This is not going to be solved by bringing new ‘lesson plans’ into our curriculum, it is much more than that.
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