Team Teaching Approach
The capstone course is taught by Dr. Matthew Koehler (professor at Michigan State) and a teaching assistant, Aric Gaunt (Ph.D. Student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology).
We teach as an integrated instructional team. When faced with a decision, we employ group decision making. Specifically, the whole team meets each week to talk about the course, make decisions, and troubleshoot any issues that have arisen.
What does this team approach mean for you? Mostly, you will experience the team approach in the way you converse with us. For example, we ask you to send email to us through the email address firstname.lastname@example.org because that means the entire team receives your email. Only one person may answer your email on behalf of the entire instructional team, but the entire team has received it and thought about it.
Even though we teach as a team, there are some specific roles that individuals serve. For example, most of the all-class emails will be sent by Aric. Many of the other roles are behind the scenes. However, it is worth noting that Aric will conduct most of the day-to-day operation of the course, including checking for submitted work, grading work, and troubleshooting student questions and issues. Dr. Koehler, on the other hand, is responsible for the developing the curriculum, creating the website, managing the technology, leading the instructional meetings, and providing overall direction for the course. He is also responsible for signing off on each of your qualifying exams at the program level. Dr. Koehler also gets involved in the day-to-day operation of the course when an issue becomes complicated, or special circumstances warrant extra attention.