James N Shimabukuro
My interest is online learning. As far as I'm concerned, it's the future. It has so many advantages over F2F learning that any comparison is ridiculous. It's greatest advantage is anytime-anywhere access for both students and instructors. This one freedom alone presents opportunities that boggle the mind. I'm a graduate of local public schools and University of Hawai'i Mānoa. I majored in English and Education. In 1986, I wrote my doctoral dissertation on a suitcase-sized IBM portable computer equipped with a floppy drive and a 20-megabyte hard drive. I wrote the statistical programs for my study in Microsoft's QuickBasic. In spring 1997, I taught what I believe is the UH System's first completely online course, ENG 100 section 5660. I've been teaching online ever since. I've always loved to read, as far back as I can remember. I can honestly say that no movie has ever come close to matching the novel that it was based on. The written word has a power that's limited only by the reader's imagination. My interests outside of teaching used to include pick-up basketball, distance swimming, and surfing, but now it's limited to martial arts, my motorcycle, opae'ula, reading, high-end headphones, fountain pens, photography, and blogging. My greatest joy is my four children and three grandchildren, with a fourth on the way. A quirky interest that I developed is a love for K-pop, which I load into my MP3 player for long walks. My teaching philosophy is aligned with the fact that I love working with students, teaching writing and Literature, and doing it all online. In online teaching, course design is the first critical element. It must present a landscape that excites and invites exploration, discovery, collaboration, and engagement. The second critical element is 16/7 communication with students, from 7am to 11pm every day of the week throughout the semester. This guidance is, of necessity, asynchronous via email.
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Innovation of the Year Award 1997 (League for Innovation in the Community Colleges) - for creating and developing the Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference, an international, completely virtual professional development event.
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