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Dr. Nancy Hastings

Dr. Nancy Hastings, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean

"I teach because I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with students and engaging in discussions and activities that expand both my mind and theirs. I look for and embrace opportunities to mentor students in and out of the classroom to help them achieve their goals."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Instructional Technology – Wayne State University, 2005
  • Master of Training and Development – Oakland University, 2003
  • BSBA – Oakland University, 1999

Career Highlights:

Appointed Assistant Dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at UWF June 1, 2017. I also serve as the Chair of the Department of Instructional, Workforce and Applied Technology (2014-present) and the Interim Chair of the Department of Legal Studies, Public Administration, and Sport Management (2017-present). I am extremely active in the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and was presented with a Special Service Award from the organization in 2016 in recognition of my contributions.

In which online program do you teach?

M.Ed. Instructional Design & Technology

Which classes do you teach online?

I teach many of the M.Ed. in IDT courses, including EME 6427, EME 6429, EME 6458, EME 6946, and EME 7676.

What do you want students to learn in your classes? What is the expected outcome?

My goal is for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to obtain employment in the fields of instructional design, instructional technology, and performance improvement; preparing them to add value in a wide range of organizational skills. They accomplish this by mastering the content and developing high level critical thinking and communication skills.

Why did you start teaching?

I teach because I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experiences with students and engaging in discussions and activities that expand both my mind and theirs. I look for and embrace opportunities to mentor students in and out of the classroom to help them achieve their goals.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

So many people have given me so much great advice, both personally and professionally, that it is nearly impossible to identify one thing as "the best." If I must select one thing, I suppose it would be to be open to new ideas and to never stop learning.

What's the best advice you could give to online students?

The keys to success are communication and time management. In regards to communication, be proactive about reaching out to your instructor and classmates with questions and concerns. Remember, I can't see the confused look on your face through the computer. You need to let me know if you need more than I am providing. In regards to time management, you must actively carve out time in your schedule to engage with your coursework. Don't procrastinate, don't wait until the last day of a lesson to get started. Start early in the week and do a little bit every day or two to stay on track.

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