Robert Lockwood – Student Centered Program
Listen as Dr. Lockwood discusses how the CCJO program uses students as “co-teachers” in the program.
00:12 My name is Bob Lockwood and I’m a faculty member at the Portland State University in the Criminology in Criminal Justice Department.
00:19 You know what we hope the online student’s takeaway with is a sense that this university is really student centered. We want to work with them as individuals. We do everything possible to bring them into the course. In our online classes, we make them co-teachers really with the course.
00:38 They talk with us every week about what’s working. We give them feedback. We make sure that the feedback is rapid. We want them to develop a confidence in what they’re doing. We want them to develop with writing skills, could critical analysis skills and we also want them to develop some leadership skills. So we encourage them to help other people. I think that’s one of the key components to the classes, breaking in up to small groups and letting them help other people, and it works wonderfully.
01:02 It becomes their class but it’s an exciting time and each class is different because each group of people wants to do something a little bit different and gives us feedback about what we should do to make it a better experience for them and of course the ultimate hope is they will want to continue their education. So it’s the excitement that we try to create that we think makes the difference and we want them to come away with that sense of excitement. Education is great. We want to do with and it’s meaningful to us.