Photo Description: Alexander Lester speaking at the Black Scranton Project's Juneteenth Jubilee.
I am an Instructional Designer at Labouré College of Healthcare a role that sees me partner with faculty to assess student learning needs and analyze existing online instructional materials, work with faculty and IT staff to identify ways the LMS can advance teaching goals, and expand learning activities, assessment strategies, and collaboration opportunities.
As an educator, I have a track record of providing high-quality, online, and face-to-face instruction across many disciplines to widely diverse groups of learners.
My outcomes-driven approach to pedagogy emphasizes teaching material as praxis. Heavily leaning into critical and feminist pedagogical practices while staying true to the tenets of philosophy as a way of life (PWOL) and active learning.
I do this by having students apply theory to real-life situations helping them hone their analytic skills to navigate the 21st-century more effectively. This can sometimes be through role-playing, reflective writing prompts, or using theory to dissect the media they are exposed to daily, be this advertisements, social media posts, or a television episode.
Areas of Expertise:
• Teaching and curriculum design.
• Providing enthusiastic and motivational instruction that leads to high retention and transferable skills.
• Creating classroom environments that allow for students to be vulnerable, both online and in-person.
• Instructional design, eLearning, hybrid learning, and learning management systems.
My core accomplishments in the realm of higher learning include:
• Course development, in collaboration with program chairs.
• Creation of elegant, media-based, online philosophy and communication courses.
• Providing differentiated delivery of instructional material through various learning management systems, including Canvas, Brightspace, Jenzabar e-learning, and Google Classroom.
• Successfully taught over 40 undergraduate courses across various schools and disciplines.
• I hold a Masters’ degree in Curriculum and Teaching with over 20 credits of coursework in Cultural Studies.
• I also hold a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy with a minor in ethics.
• I am broadly interested in the current state of higher education, from institutions' resistance to disruption to the effects that faculty precarity has on student learning.
• I am also interested in using popular culture in the classroom (online and off) and how media used in education can affect the epistemological self.