This article, authored by former Trident professor Dr. Steven J. Gold, originally appeared in the TUI Network in 2012.
Joining Trident University in 1999, about one month before we opened our doors for business, was like stepping into the wild west of technology and teaching. We had a plan, we had a detailed model to help guide the University, and it all conceptually was perfect. But actually making it happen, three, and soon five, faculty members (with maybe 9 students at first) getting our hands dirty and trying to figure out what would really work technologically, pedagogically, so this vision of quality education could be realized at Trident, well, they were days that will never come again.
The sense of play in a startup organization is unnerving but fabulously exciting. And as our Director of Instructional Services I made sure we played hard until we came up with a routine that really worked for the Trident students. Technology was always the main challenge. We were always about solving problems with ideas, not wasting money on shiny metal objects; the pedagogy always drove the choice of technologies.