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 Jarrod B. Peterson:
What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct? What course/s do you teach at StraighterLine and why should students signup for them?
This is my first semester teaching at StraighterLine’s Professor Direct Program. I am excited to meet the new students that will be taking the Macroeconomics course. Also, I am looking forward to developing the course in a way that is dynamic, interactive and helpful for students in meeting their academic and professional goals.
What do you like about teaching online that you can’t do in a traditional classroom?
In a traditional classroom, the professor generally highlights topics that he/she considers interesting and of primary importance. In the interactive online course, I am hoping to develop a class that incorporates the interests of the students in determining the focus of discussions and research during the week.
Why did you become a professor? What motivated you to become a teacher?
I worked in the field of valuing commercial real estate for over 12 years. The business world allowed me to work on interesting projects in detail and travel throughout the United States. However, I enjoy the big picture concepts of academic studies. Plus universities tend to be at the cutting edge of knowledge, research and technological innovation. The social aspect of being a professor is a welcome change from the job specific requirements of the business world.
What is your favorite way to learn? Do you recommend this to students?
I enjoy the rewards of learning, and I make sure to reward myself. Rewarding yourself for studying does not need to be expense. After studying for 45 minutes maybe you will want to talk to a friend, drink some tea, eat some milk and cookies, spend 10 minutes watching a movie, etc. The point is that studying (or whatever work you set your mind to do) can be incorporated with fun. Over time you can become an expert on how to make your studying/work fun! … Do I recommend this style of studying to students? With a lot of freedom comes a lot of responsibility. Make sure you practice dedication to your established goals to avoid being a slave to free time!
Tell us about your favorite hobby or your favorite way to spend time away from work.
I used to enjoy traveling. Now, I simply enjoy living and working in exotic locations. One of my favorite places in the world is Costa Rica! Thus my online teaching and hobby of living in dream locations go hand in hand. It takes a lot of work and dedicated effort, but you too can reach your dream location!