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 Dan Gryboski:
What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct?
I think Professor Direct takes the uncertainty out of online education. Students are given help for their specific course from a professor who knows where the course is headed and exactly what information is necessary.
What course/s do you teach at StraighterLine and why should students signup for them?
I’m teaching College Algebra and Business Statistics. I have test preps that are specific to each exam. I have 50 video tutorials for each course already completed. As student questions come in, I’ll make video responses – somewhat of a video FAQ section. For Statistics, I’ll have additional videos and materials for help with Microsoft Excel. I also have office hours!
What do you like about teaching online that you can’t do in a traditional classroom?
The students can rewind my videos again and again! Or they can fast forward if they want. Hands down, the most important aspect to learning something is that the delivery be at the right pace for the individual. Online, a student never has to feel awkward for asking a question.
Why did you become a professor? What motivated you to become a teacher?
Simply put, I want to save the world. I believe a free world works best when every individual is equipped to make logical decisions.
What is your favorite way to learn? Do you recommend this to students?
I learn best by practicing, checking to make sure I did it correctly, and then practicing some more. Especially in math, I recommend this to all of my students.
Tell us about your favorite hobby or your favorite way to spend time away from work.
My favorite times are spent with my wife and 3 kids. A perfect day would be SCUBA diving followed by a bike ride followed by slow-smoked ribs.