FSCJ has the best and brightest faculty who are committed to providing meaningful and rewarding educational experiences for our students.
As a way to continue the 2015-16 theme of “engagement,” Dr. Angela Browning will be highlighting the extraordinary work of a faculty member each month to share his/her teaching and engagement techniques, professional development, community service, and unique College contributions.
This month’s spotlight is Mark Barber, professor of IT at North Campus.
Engaging with and supporting students:
- Created the Financial Skills Academy (FSA) with Professor Harvey Slentz and Professor John Lyon
- The FSA offers several courses, including Basic Financial Skills, FOREX trading, and Investing. Each course is four weeks long and free for all FSCJ employees and students
- Courses are offered in a variety of modalities: face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line
- Working to re-establish a Forex Trading Club at North Campus
- Uses Camtasia Studio to create short videos for his credit courses as well as his Forex Trading course
- Assigns students a culminating project in his programming class that requires students to produce code
- Students use a methodology developed by Mark that requires them to use a seven-step, problem-solving methodology
- The methodology, suitable for business-based word problems using a structured solution, is required of the students on several assignments. You can view an example of one such assignment here.
Engaging with the College and the Community:
- Volunteers at First Lego League Competitions
- Facilitated a First Lego League practice tournament at FSCJ’s North Campus with 130 Duval County middle school students participating
- Students were required to research a topic, make a presentation, demonstrate technical knowledge, and demonstrate a willingness to help others from other teams.