Ferris State University’s Mischelle Stone, an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice, helped organize and later presented at a panel discussion titled “Adapting to the New Digital Reality” during the Introduction to Criminal Justice Symposium Feb 3 through Feb. 6 in Pasadena, Calif.
The panel that Stone helped put together addressed teaching strategies in which “digital natives” learn, and then compared them to the learning style of “digital immigrants.” A digital native is a young person who was born during or after the beginning of the digital age. Digital immigrants are people who were born before the digital technology age, but have adapted to digital technology.
“I presented strategies for incorporating online pedagogies to address these differences,” she said. “This symposium gave me the opportunity to showcase some of the best practices being used here at Ferris both in criminal justice and throughout the university.”
Stone was part of a select group of 10 college and university professors from around the country selected to participate in the symposium after she was nominated by the publisher’s district representatives. The selections were based upon experience and contributions in teaching online introductory criminal justice courses.
“This symposium presented an opportunity for me to collaborate with outstanding educators in the field of criminal justice who were experienced in online teaching and learning,” she said.
Stone valued the opportunity to collaborate with educational peers on the design and content of an online introductory course that utilizes interactive applications of critical concepts to enhance student learning. She was especially grateful for the collaboration and feedback she received from fellow instructors at the symposium.
“The ability to be part of a group of experienced online instructors that was engaged in establishing best practices for teaching introductory criminal justice online was invigorating and fun,” said Stone, whose areas of specialization include: private security and investigations, ethics, corrections, juvenile justice, research methods, and online instruction.
The symposium was sponsored by McGraw-Hill publishers.