Ronny Bazan Antequera recently earned two campus awards, one from the Online Teaching Foundations Program and one from Student Teaching as Research.
Online Teaching Foundations Program Award
The new assistant professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science participated in the ET@MO Online Teaching Foundation Program (OTF), a program for Mizzou instructors interested in exploring teaching online and/or building on their previous online experience.
“The program lasted four months, and faculty members from different Departments participated in the OTF Program. We covered very important topics such as ‘Engaging students while teaching an online course,’ ‘Pedagogy and the science of learning online,’ ‘Exploring tools that support online teaching,’ and a final project,’” Bazan said. “Optionally we also had to cover two electives events (webinars or workshops) as part of enrichment activities and writing a final report.”
After completing that process, a $1,000 prize was awarded to Bazan that will help him to enhance the quality of his online classes and effectively enable student interaction and participation.
“I learned that enabling effective interaction in online courses is fundamental to keeping students engaged. I am planning to use different available tools and methods in my upcoming online courses in order to keep my students motivated and engaged.” Bazan said.
Student Teaching as a Research (STAR Award)
While Bazan was participating in the OTF program, he came up with the idea of enabling interaction not only among students within a class but among students from two of his online courses: INFOTC 3850 Computer System Administration and INFOTC 3001 Advanced Cyber Security.
“In one hand, I am teaching an online class that focuses on configuring computer and network services, and on the other hand, I am teaching a class that focuses on finding vulnerabilities on services for exploitation based on the CIA triad: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. Both courses are intense hands-on oriented, with 10 percent of theory and 90 percent of hands-on labs that include the use of cloud resources and the IT hardware hacking and security lab.” Bazan said
The main goal of his research is to measure the feasibility and impact of intersecting two classes with different course goals that could be a benefit to each other by enabling technical interaction among students that will require working collaboratively and taking advantage of the nature of an online class.
The idea was proposed and selected among the top STAR proposals to be funded with a $750 prize that will be used to initiate the research; results will be presented at the Celebration of Teaching at MU.
Besides the mentioned courses, Bazan will teach a third online class during Spring 2019: Computer and Network Security.