Now that StraighterLine also offers professor-led online college courses, we thought you might want to know a little more about our professors. We’ve asked each of them to answer a series of questions to help you decide whether you want to enroll in their courses or stick with our more traditional self-paced courses. As with everything else here at StraighterLine, like publishing student course ratings and average pass rates, our goal is to give you the information you need to make the right choices for you.
And with that, it’s time for you to get to know Professor Bethany Bird:
What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct?
Professor Direct by StraighterLine is a wonderful opportunity for students to fulfill their educational goals at an affordable price. I’m excited about this exceptional format because students will get top quality instruction on their own terms.
What course/s do you teach at StraighterLine and why should students signup for them?
I’m teaching United States History I: Inception to Reconstruction. Students should sign up for my class because we are going to have a great time discovering how America came to be such an amazing nation. We will have weekly discussions based on an assigned topic to keep students motivated and I will provide access to great primary and secondary sources to keep things interesting.
What do you like about teaching online that you can’t do in a traditional classroom?
I love being able to teach while I’m in my pajamas! Online instruction is wonderful because it is flexible, convenient, and not bound by traditional limitations. The online classroom community is diverse and that diversity among students provides multiple perspectives. I especially enjoy when service men and women sign up for history classes because they provide a unique perspective not usually available to civilians.
Why did you become a professor? What motivated you to become a teacher?
I became a history professor because I love to learn and history is a never ending, always changing subject. It’s all connected, we are living it every single day, and I’m excited to be a part of it. I became a teacher because I enjoy motivating students by sharing my enthusiasm for history.
What is your favorite way to learn? Do you recommend this to students?
I like options and I encourage students to use a variety of learning resources when studying history. I like to layer primary and secondary sources with video documentaries and top it off with animated discussions. I highly recommend the use of multiple resources to my students because history is all about perspective and each author (book, film, or lecture) provides their own fascinating interpretation.
Tell us about your favorite hobby or your favorite way to spend time away from work.
I love spending time at the happiest place on Earth. I’m a total Disney nut! This photo was taken on my birthday with my best friend and fellow Disney nut. But when I can’t hang out with Mickey, I enjoy hosting dinner parties for my friends, baking, reading, and doing bootcamp style workouts.