About me (Dr Deniese Cox)
I get it. Before you commit to spending your time with me, you want to know who I am and where I came from. That makes sense!
The hard part for me is knowing what part of ‘me’ interests you most.
Some of you care that I have the ‘right’ pieces of paper on the wall (I do – MBA, ML&D, PhD), while others care that I have first-hand experience teaching and learning online in a variety of contexts (I’ve definitely got buckets of that), while yet others simply want to know that my sessions really are engaging and packed with practical strategies (clients tell me that’s true too).
So here goes, a little about me…
First things first, having worked as an online educator in diverse vocational, university, and corporate training contexts, I know what it’s like to balance the demands and quirks of the organisation you’re working with, alongside student needs and expectations, and your own ideals about ‘good’ teaching … while also learning a whole range of new skills to bring your teaching into the online world. As an educator, I was always looking for effective ways to ensure my online students were actively engaged and learning. Let’s face it though, some of the ‘best practice’ strategies out there might read well in a textbook, but they’re simply not realistic when faced with a real-world teaching load, student needs, and resource constraints.
When I was doing my Masters of online learning and development, I got to experience being an online student for that whole program – and let me tell you, that did more for my understanding of what doesn’t work online than a dozen textbooks ever could (I happened to be teaching online at the same time, so talk about immersed in all things online!!).
Today, my favourite part of delivering professional development webinars and coaching is helping busy educators cut through the noise around what goes into great online education. It’s not about technological wizardry. It’s not about fitting a one-size-fits-all model. It’s about learning practical, proven strategies that can be adapted to meet the needs of your unique context.
For me, an effective online strategy is one that works for the student and the educator. Teaching online (and learning online) should be more rewarding than frustrating.
My PhD research with online educators helped me learn even more about the day-to-day decisions being navigated and frustrations being experienced. I continue to research what is and isn’t working for real online educators and students because I’m committed to keep bringing you the most up-to-date insights to ensure that you have the tools to be the educator you want to be online.
That’s where you find me today. Revelling in the fact that I get to spend my days delivering professional development that really does make a difference for educators and their students. I’m ably supported by my gorgeous husband (Jason) and neurotic toy poodle (Charlie) … both of whom correctly insist that we really should step away from the computer and get to the beach more often :)
So there you go, as promised, a little about me. Feel free to read more about my specific work experiences at https://www.linkedin.com/in/deniesecox/
I look forward to meeting you and hearing more about where you’re at and where you want to be. Please do get in touch anytime – just use the contact me page or drop me a note at Deniese@TeachingOnline.com.au
All the best,