TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Newsmaker: Michael Curran

Michael Curran, 51, of Coraopolis, received Strayer University's Faculty Award of Excellence for his use of more than 5,000 videos in online teaching during the past year.
By Timothy Puko
Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, 11:48 p.m.
 

Noteworthy: Strayer University gave Curran its Faculty Award of Excellence. Curran has recorded more than 5,000 teaching videos this year to interact with online college students and explain course materials to them.

Age: 51

Residence: Coraopolis

Occupation: Curran is a full-time faculty member at Strayer's Warrendale campus in Marshall. He teaches undergraduate and graduate philosophy, humanities, history and business courses both online and on campus. He's also a part-time faculty member teaching communications at Robert Morris University.

Background: Curran has taught at Penn State University's main campus and at Pittsburgh Technical Institute. The Journal of Online Learning and Teaching recently accepted an article he wrote about using video to engage students, to be published early in 2014.

Education: He received a bachelor's degree in history from Slippery Rock University in 1984, a Master's of Business Administration from Chatham University in 2004 and a Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications from Robert Morris in 2013.

Quote: “Tone of voice, things you will miss online in typing, even a smile, that type of empathy is what helps you build connections in a classroom. (After seeing a video) students have told me it's so nice just to see you smile at me when you've told me I've done a good job.”

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Fans flock to what they hope will continue ‘magical season’
  2. PennDOT to install art murals along Route 28
  3. First overnight closure of the Parkway West begins Thursday
  4. Advocacy groups call for closer scrutiny of charter schools
  5. Point State Park honored as top-notch public space
  6. Spokesman for India’s PM tells Pitt audience of pro-business agenda
  7. Ross planners find housing plans incomplete
  8. $5M Penn Avenue reconstruction project is ‘killing everything’
  9. Controller recommends hiring to reduce 911 center overtime
  10. Man in critical condition after jumping from train to platform
  11. Threat at Sheraden school a ‘student hoax’
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.