Faculty Spotlight: Prof Dubear Kroening

UW Colleges Online courses are taught by the very same exceptional UW Colleges faculty that teach in the UW Colleges campus classrooms. Using the same learning materials, they adapt and enhance their courses to create an interactive online experience for their students. Our faculty is committed to helping you succeed and welcome any opportunity to get to know their students. This week, get to know Professor Dubear Kroening, a professor of biology at UW Colleges Online.

Q: Why did you become a professor of biology?

I actually enjoy being in school and learning, so I got my Bachelor’s degree, did some Master’s work, and then earned my Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics. After doing a few post-doctoral positions at UW-Madison, I applied for a teaching position since I had done a bit of it before and enjoyed helping students learn interesting material. 

Q: Why should students consider taking a biology course?

Biology is extremely important since that’s why we are here! Biology is the scientific study of life and what could be more important than that? There are diverse areas of biology, which are all fascinating. Not only that, but the general population needs to understand science in general better and how it works to help with their critical thinking skills and detecting false information.

Q: What are you most proud of regarding your work as a professor for UW Colleges Online?

Getting my feedback to students quickly so that they can learn from their mistakes and be more successful. Providing a number of different resources to help students learn the material in different ways. Providing positive messages for students to let them know that if they work hard they will succeed!

Q: What do you like best about teaching online courses?

[I like being able to] interact with and help a lot of different students in different areas and in different situations. Reaching out to help students is one of the best things about online teaching.

Q: How can students be successful in an online class?

Know the Course Calendar well so that you know when things are due and be sure to submit work well in advance of the deadlines so that technological glitches or life’s curve balls don’t get in the way of being successful in the course!

Q: What is one piece of advice you'd give to students thinking about taking an online class?

It is so very important to schedule your time to make sure you turn things in on time. It is relatively easy to earn at least a B in a course, as long as you do the work.

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