James is a proud product of the North Carolina Community College System. Throughout his journey, James was exposed to diverse teaching styles. One the most significant learning experiences in his life happened when a professor in his human performance technology professor invited a CEO of a major shipping company as a guest lecturer. When given the opportunity to ask questions, James’s question was, “Do you have any advice for an INTJ professional?” The CEO replied, “Get out of your own head!”
This statement continues to drive James’s approach to learning and teaching. He believes in learner-centered environments that facilitate transformative learning experiences. James’s approach to teaching [and life] was not so collaborative in the beginning, but throughout his journey in education and life’s experiences, he recognizes and embraces the value of peer-to-peer learning and social constructivist environments. James feels this is a key factor in reaching adult learners. As an advocate for online education, he promotes the use of any approved communication technology to enhance social presence or to expedite immediacy in feedback for assignments. Most of all, James highly encourages faculty to be reflective about their teaching practices in order to evaluate their growth and foster continuous improvement.
James is a husband to the most beautiful woman in the world and father to the most independent toddler to ever grace a car seat.
Credentials. James is a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College, where he received his Associate in Arts. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. James obtained a Master of Science in Instructional Technology and a graduate certificate in Distance Learning and Administration at East Carolina University. Recently, James acquired a graduate certificate in Workplace Performance Improvement (formerly Human Performance Technology) at Boise State University.