"CengageNOWv2 has allowed me to create a real world class setting in my Full Distance Learning Course, thus fully engaging my students within a non-traditional setting."
Michele Martinez is an Accounting Professor at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. She has been teaching accounting for over 12 years and her experience thus far includes Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, and Micro-Computers in Accounting. Michele has always had a passion for training and learning and her love of teaching started at a very early age. At 16 years old, she taught dance, gymnastics, and cheer leading. Michele teaches in a variety of learning environments, including full distance learning, hybrid, traditional on-campus (face-to-face), flipped classrooms, and web-enhanced. HCC includes 7 different campuses and has an extremely diverse student population (with the majority being non-traditional students). Therefore, Michele tries to incorporate activities, in all her teaching environments, that hit on every type of learning style. She continually strives to engage her students with active learning activities and put them in charge of their education. Michele feels it's extremely important for students to understand "why" the subject matter she is teaching them is important and "how" it may be applied to the "real world". The more a student applies the subject matter to their life the more passionate they become about the subject. Additionally, Michele stresses the importance of 24/7 learning. Learning doesn't just take place in the classroom twice a week or in front of the computer once a week (when they login). It's imperative that she provide student's the opportunity to continuously practice and have access to accounting materials when needed; no matter what time of day; in order to be successful in any accounting course. To keep her student's attention, Michele wanted to offer a variety of activities and practice to engage them 24/7 in accounting. Thus, CengageNOW and MindTap become the perfect addition to all her courses.
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