Day 1 The Virtual Journey Begins


Hello!  My name is Danica Hubbard and this is a snapshot of my family in Saugatuck, Michigan.  My husband Brian and our two daughters Morgan and Madison are happiest outdoors hiking, running, biking or dancing on the beach. Whether we’re outside or inside, technology is a big part of our lives and this blog is about how I teach with technology.

I am a full-time English Professor at College of DuPage, a community college located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with approximately 26,000 students currently enrolled. We offer more than 250 courses in 44 disciplines in online and hybrid formats covering a variety of subject areas.  Students have the opportunity to earn certificates entirely online in programs like Early Childhood Education, Criminal Justice, Fire Science and Accounting or Associate Degrees in General Studies, Applied Science and Arts.  Our online program is constantly growing as we offer outstanding access to resources, a rigorous curriculum, and good tuition value.

I have been teaching at COD for 22 years and have been part of our online program since the beginning.  I teach a variety of classes in our Liberal Arts Division including English 1101 Composition, English 1102 Composition, English 1105 Writing for the Workplace, English 0482 Developmental Reading and English 0492 Developmental Writing.  My teaching assignments are usually split between a few face-to-face classes and a few online classes.

But this semester we are trying something new. In collaboration with our Associate Dean Sheldon Walcher, he assigned me and my colleagues Jason Snart and Nicole Matos all online classes or a combination of hybrid and online classes during Spring 2016.

To celebrate this experience, I am recording a digital diary and plan to write about it for 116 days (yes, I’m including weekends).  I’m expecting that teaching all online will welcome new challenges and successes with students, colleagues, administrators and staff and am looking forward to the journey.

Ready, set, go!