Educator . Instructional Designer . Artist
Professor, Dr. Iván Tirado believes learning is about transformation. He achieved a bachelors’ degree in Humanities in Liberal Arts, a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology and a Ph.D. in Education in Instructional Design. Dr. T (as the students call him) is currently teaching The First Year Seminar on Inquiry Based Learning and The Health Benefits of the Creative Process, a capstone for seniors, both at Quinnipiac University, Hamden/North Haven, CT. He is also monitors the FYS online course for the same institution, which also required his instructional design knowledge and expertise in the sequence design of the course. His teaching experience also includes individuals of all ages, children with disabilities, working adults, seniors, and corporate training, individuals from all academic and professional levels, in art, computers, performance procedures, ESL, and learning methods. Dr. T was also a radio announcer, stand up comic, graphic designer, and has experience in television and video production, as well as working in health care.
“Individuals can develop skills through experience and exposure and become candidates for success in the process, influenced by previous experiences and how they have interpreted achievement and failure in the past.”
Dr. Tirado’s teaching methods provide experiences that support the improvement of self-efficacy beliefs (perceptions of skills to achieve a goal) by exposing people to new experiences, bridging new concepts to known concepts and experiences, focusing on short-term goals, guidance, feedback, and motivation. He believes that engagement to short-term goals leads to accomplishment, which improves self-efficacy beliefs creating a cycle of transformation. Personal transformation leads to transformation of the environment.
“Individuals are not just the result of their environment or life circumstances, but rather individuals consciously contribute to their environment or life circumstances to change their environments and themselves.”
Dr. Tirado is available for conferences, workshops, art workshops, sculpting and painting parties.
Photos by Allen Keith