Meet Professor Aimee McKinney

Jaime Dalbke

Aimee McKinney

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 Aimee McKinney:

What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct?

There are lots of exciting components to Straighterline’s Professor Direct!   It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to blend the learning environments (self-paced and instructor led), on their own terms.  It will provide the support that many students need to keep motivated, and it gives the students the opportunity to interact with seasoned professors!  It’s a win-win!

What course/s do you teach at StraighterLine and why should students signup for them?

I am currently teaching BUS 105 (Business Communications) for Straighterline.  I would love students to sign up for my course, because I believe that I bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the teaching profession.  In a Business Communications course, it’s helpful to practice and learn from others.  I am working to provide the most interactive, online experience for my Straighterline students.

What do you like about teaching online that you can’t do in a traditional classroom?

What I really like about teaching online is that you get such a diversity of students, from all over the world.  It brings richness to the teaching experience that you sometimes can’t get in an onground traditional classroom.

Why did you become a professor?  What motivated you to become a teacher?

I have been teaching for Universities and Colleges (both onground and online) for over 10 years.  I decided to move into this role because of my love of working with students, of all abilities, and trying to make a difference in their lives.

What is your favorite way to learn? Do you recommend this to students?

My favorite way to learn is to take complex information and to summarize the information visually.   I believe this works with many students, because it allows them to synthesize the data and learn how the pieces interconnect.

Tell us about your favorite hobby or your favorite way to spend time away from work.

I am a certified Educational Assistance Volunteer for an organization called Paws4People.  The mission of Paws4People is to enhance the lives of special education students by using dogs in the classroom.  I visit classrooms  with my trained dog, Cayman, in Loudoun County Public Schools and work with many children with autism, intellectual and emotional disabilities.

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