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April 12, 2013

Instructor Profile: Camille Nelson

BYU-Idaho Instructor Camille Nelson answers some questions about her experience as an online teacher

"One of the greatest accomplishments in my life has been enjoying the passions and talents that the Lord has blessed me with and seeing others magnify their talents as their life's calling." —Camille Nelson

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Instructor Profile: Camille Nelson

What do you teach for BYU-Idaho, and how long have you been teaching?

I have been teaching GS 120L PathwayConnect Life Skills and English since June of 2012.

Why do you enjoy teaching for BYU-Idaho?

I enjoy connecting with students from all over the world and being a part of their initial university experience.

What is the biggest lesson you have learned as an Online Instructor?

While I do not get that face-to-face interaction that I enjoy while teaching in the classroom, I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring other ways of connecting with students teaching online. I have also been introduced to other online teaching tools that bring a different aspect to the classroom.

What are some of your favorite pastimes?

My three greatest passions outside of teaching are traveling, music, and sports. I try to combine them all when I can! I have a group of adventure friends and we have to plan a huge adventure at least once a year. We all have a goal of completing a marathon on all seven continents. Last year, we were able to head down to Antarctica and run the marathon down there. It was one of the most fantastic and fulfilling experiences of my life! I also came in as second woman in the marathon and look forward to running the Easter Island Marathon later this year.

What is one of your greatest accomplishments or experiences you have had at this point in your life? Why was it so important to you?

One of the greatest accomplishments in my life has been enjoying the passions and talents that the Lord has blessed me with and seeing others magnify their talents as their life’s calling.

What advice would you give to prospective online instructors?

Teaching online allows for instructors to be creative in their teaching techniques. I would advise instructors to think of ways in which they can connect with students.

What else would you like to tell us about yourself?

As an online instructor, I have heard many excuses. I hear students who fear that they are falling behind. Try to focus on falling forward instead of behind!

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