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.

Daily Photo Galleries

Allegheny Photo Galleries

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. Hill District leaders irked as Penguins submit former Civic Arena site plan to city
  2. Job prospects drawing workers to Western Pennsylvania
  3. City’s plan for Strip flummoxes vendors
  4. Family becomes ‘forever’
  5. Orders for Pittsburgh police hats soar with new uniform policy
  6. Judge denies request to lift gag order in Ford case
  7. $5M grant sought for trade center site near Pittsburgh airport
  8. Google grants teachers’ school supply wishes
  9. Marshall land parcel along Route 910 eyed as park site
  10. CDC backlog means W.Pa, likely won’t get respiratory virus diagnoses quickly
  11. Newsmaker: Ron Rohall
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.