TribLIVE

| News

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

Newsmaker: Michael Curran

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
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.”

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. One person taken to hospital after fire in Scott
  2. Gunfire wounds man near Riverview Park
  3. Allegheny County Airport gets FAA grant to trim trees under flight path
  4. County police officer on leave after assault charges filed
  5. Civil War vet gets 21-gun salute
  6. Overnight closures, lane restrictions announced for Fort Pitt Tunnel, Parkway West
  7. Newsmaker: H. Scott Cunningham
  8. Port Authority of Allegheny County eyes $2M in detour costs
  9. Teen caught after stolen car crashes in Homewood
  10. Pa. trooper jailed in co-worker’s fatal shooting during training class
  11. Flooded out of Big Easy, veterinarian builds new life in Lawrenceville