Anna Kniebel

Business Computer Systems and Management Professor
Business, Technology, and Career Programs Department

I have a Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in Business and Marketing Education. Most of my work experience other than in education was in telecommunications with a major telephone company in the human resources department.

I enjoy teaching a skill that students can put to immediate use in their everyday life or in their career. In my introductory and advanced Microsoft Office software applications courses, students learn the applications of Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint as well as the concepts that they really need to know to be successful digital citizens in college and beyond. Students study such topics as computer ethics, Internet research, mobile computing, operating systems, and security. They practice critical thinking and use problem solving exercises. Students practice higher-order thinking skills with the hands-on exercises and activities. I encourage students to use what they are learning as often as possible outside of the classroom.

My goal is to make a difference in students’ personal and career goal attainment. I aim to guide the students through our curriculum considering their goals and academic abilities while achieving the learner outcomes of the course.

In my courses, I use various techniques for assessing the student learning and providing feedback to the students. Because all of my course materials are online I can provide friendly reminders to students about the college deadlines and that we have advisors and counselors here on campus to help them. All of my courses are available online with supplemental materials, a discussion area, and a dropbox for homework feedback.

Each year, I plan professional development activities and follow it to be sure that I set aside the time to reflect on my teaching effectiveness and how I can incorporate new ideas into my course delivery. I enjoy trying new techniques and learning activities and sharing ideas about teaching and learning with colleagues and my professional network outside of North Hennepin Community College. Every semester, I incorporate a student reflection and evaluation component into my teaching so that I can use the results to improve my teaching and the student learning.