Tulsa Tech Instructors Find News Ways to Connect With Students

Working from home, distance learning and non-essential businesses closed. Now, more than ever, people need to make a connection. With face-to-face meetings no longer a possibility, Tulsa Tech instructors are getting creative to help students.

Instructors like Taylor Deatherage are turning their courses online. Her medical coding class is using Blackboard Connect and Zoom to make virtual meetings happen. It is a luxury Deatherage realizes not every person has at their disposal.

“I am fortunate to teach a program that translates well to online,” Deatherage said. “As educators, we have to meet students where they are, right now that is in an online environment.”

Instructors finding new ways to connect with students

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tulsa Tech has been impacted like many businesses, while we still strive to live our mission of Educating people for success in the workplace, that education is looking a little different. The chance to try something new is an exciting challenge for our instructors.

“These opportunities to meet the needs of students and solve a problem is electrifying,” Deatherage said with a smile. “One of the unique parts of CareerTech is that many of us come from the industry, and for now the medical field is adapting to an online world as well.”

The health crisis is also something Deatherage and many of the medical instructors at Tulsa Tech are tackling head-on. Our students learn the proper way to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep themselves and the patient safe.

Last month, Tulsa Tech gathered thousands of items to donate to local hospitals to assist health care professionals on the front lines. These donations are just one way we are working to help our community through this pandemic.

While we can’t be together in the classroom, instructors are finding new and creative ways to create that all-important human connection with students.

“My hope is through the use of distance learning we can grow the quality instruction Tulsa Tech offers outside the four walls, and into virtual classrooms,” Deatherage said with a smile. “I think this virtual space can help some programs reach even more people and help them find success.”

While this global event has changed the way we teach, for now, Tulsa Tech is committed and will be here for you now and in the future.

If the recent events have you looking to make a change in your life, start your application today and see which one of our more than 80 programs could help you Make Your Own Path.

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