The U.S. Air Force has more than 38,000 Security Forces officers, enlisted and civilian personnel at more than 200 organizations around the globe. The MSU course is being provided under a contract with the Air Force and is designed to prepare persons already proficient in the security forces career field for the role of installation crime prevention and resources protection program manager.
In traditional education students have learned to repeat what their teachers have said in the classroom or lecture halls or what is printed in their textbook (Paul, 1999). They are taught unrelated, often isolated and disparate facts and are then asked to apply that information at some later date. It is difficult for students to learn how to apply that knowledge. In PBL, learning takes place within the structure of solving the given problem and using learning groups to achieve it (Barrows and Tamblyn, 1980). Thus, problem-based learning is seen as an integrated pedagogical approach to teaching critical thinking, rather than a specific teaching activity.
Under PBL the traditional teacher-student relationship is changed dramatically. Increased responsibility is placed on the student for learning. The instructor’s role also changes. The instructor emphasis is placed on providing resources, mentoring and evaluating behavior. The expected outcome is a student who is better prepared to think critically and analytically and to find appropriate learning resources. When coupled with research-based brain-friendly instructional strategies, research shows that a student-focused teaching approach has a high impact factor that influences higher order thinking skills, in the form of deep learning and self-directed learning (Kik & Huijser, 2009, 2011). This critical thinker is someone who possesses higher order thinking skills to analyze effectively and to be an able problem solver.
Audrey holds a Bachelors Degree in Police Administration from Michigan State University and an Urban Planning Masters from Wayne State University. She rose through the ranks of the Detroit Police Department retiring as a Lieutenant in 1981. She worked with Lansing Community College, Criminal Justice and Law Center for several years, teaching in the Mid-Michigan Police Academy and working on special projects. In 1991 she was hired full time by the School of Criminal Justice and remained with the School until she retired as the School's Director of Outreach in 2015. She currently works part-time for the School as a co-facilitator for the MSU School of Staff and Command.
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MINIMUM TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS
Participants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to bring a laptop computer/iPad/tablet/etc. for ease in accessing the many resources that will be available online. Participants will also need a microphone and webcam. Recommended browsers and computers supported by MSU's on-line learning management software Desire 2 Learn (D2L) include the following:
Note the following:
- For desktop systems, you must have Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or greater.
|Browser||Supported Browser Version(s)|
|Internet Explorer||10, 11|
Tablet and Mobile Support
|Device||Operating System||Browser||Supported Browser Version(s)|
|Apple||iOS 6, 7, 8||Safari||Latest|
|Microsoft Surface||Windows 8||Internet Explorer||11|
|Blackberry (mobile only)||Blackberry 7, 10||Blackberry||Latest|