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 Jerry Israel:
What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct?
The chance to work closely with students; the opportunity to teach and learn in an online environment; the fun of thinking history again!
What course/s do you teach at StraighterLine and why should students signup for them?
United States history. History 'storia (Latin) is a story…about fascinating people, places and things. About why things change. No memorization of useless dates and facts allowed!
What do you like about teaching online that you can’t do in a traditional classroom?
I am communication junkie. I can't get enough fast enough. Online allows, invites quick, continuous conversation; I love it!
Why did you become a professor? What motivated you to become a teacher?
I have no technical skills. Had to cheat to pass any lab classes. Good communication skills and memory. So it was lawyer or teacher. Wanted to be Perry Mason or Clarence Darrow not a corporate lawyer worried about torts (sounds like something you eat!). So on to graduate school (also kept me out of the Vietnam War!) Did the big time research thing but too impatient; love seeing the light go on in a student's eyes!
What is your favorite way to learn? Do you recommend this to students?
Stories…we remember them; we are fascinated with other folks. But we all learn our own way…finding it is the key. Think about what you do well and what you would be doing for fun. Discover what it is about that favorite activity that makes us love it. Use what you learn about yourself to maximize your strengths.
Tell us about your favorite hobby or your favorite way to spend time away from work.
Love solving problems: love playing duplicate bridge (each hand is a strategic problem/opportunity. Love being present in the company of "excellence": music, sports etc.