Karen Fischer

Karen Fischer

Karen Fischer

Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology, 2013

“Thank you for connecting me to the wonderful world of teaching and learning with technology.”

After earning a degree in biology, Karen Fischer, who lives near Ft. Lauderdale, FL, worked in a clinical laboratory and as a health administrator in the Air Force National Guard. It was while taking a technical training course that she first found herself intrigued by the combination of adult education, science, and technology.

Soon after, she joined the teaching staff of a biomedical instrumentation manufacturing company, where she taught adult learners how to operate the instruments. She has since transitioned to the technical support team as an applications scientist, where she designs, develops, and implements effective training events.

When Karen found out her employer offered tuition assistance at Ashford University, she realized her dream of completing an advanced degree was within reach. Even better, she found a program that would allow her to design, develop, and implement online training using technology tools that matched the start of the art instrumentation she already works with. “Ashford’s Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology proved to be just the right program at just the right time for me.”

Karen graduated in September 2013 and raves about the program and her experience with it. “This program has been my most rewarding educational experience to date. The interactions with teachers and students were actually at a higher level than I experienced in the traditional classroom setting.”

This Golden Key International Honour Society member explains that she now has full confidence in designing, developing, and implementing collaborative elearning programs and is eagerly exploring opportunities using her new skills. “I have implemented multiple successful just-in-time [JIT] training programs in my current job and am currently working on implementing a new training program that I systematically designed and developed following the instructional design principles, logic model, and program planning learned in the program. I will continue to use my knowledge to revitalize the existing training programs I am responsible for.

“Any academic goal can be achieved with hard work, commitment and having faculty the caliber of Ashford University’s faculty,” she continues. “I am empowered by my new knowledge and skills gained from the Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology program to advance distance learning opportunities for adult learners.”

Karen has especially kind words about her faculty members, saying, “The instruction received from the professors is beyond measure. It is with great fortune that I was able to experience instruction from professors who practice what they teach. The engagement, enthusiasm, and encouragement in the feedback and class interactions all exceeded my expectations. The tone of conversation throughout the instruction is purposeful and always on task.”

In fact, in one of her last class discussions, Karen reflected on her program and thanked her professors directly, saying, “I am thankful for the modeled ethical standards demonstrated by Ashford professors. I feel privileged to have worked with you and to have learned from you. I am truly inspired by you. Thank you for connecting me to the wonderful world of teaching and learning with technology. Any success I achieve in my own teaching and learning with technology is a direct reflection of this incredible Ashford University program.”