Brenda L. Heiman is an adjunct professor in the Lesley Graduate School of Education.
Brenda L. Heiman
Professional Title: Adjunct Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Using technology to improve and enhance the educational experience for students with disabilities and students with diverse learning needs; universal design for instruction; assistive technology/augmentative communication; language arts through the K-12 curriculum; higher education coursework relating to technology in teaching and learning.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Technology; language arts; online, distance, and hybrid learning experiences
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: ECOMP 5007 - 21st Century Teaching: Supporting all Learners on the Ability Spectrum; ECOMP 7103 - 21st Century Leadership Supporting All Learners on the Ability Spectrum; ECOMP 5004 - Technology in the Language Arts Curriculum
Education: MA (Speech-Language Pathology), East Texas University; PhD, University of New Mexico (Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Teacher Education)
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of Special Education Technology, a publication of the Technology and Media Division of the Council for Exceptional Children.
As an educator for over 30 years, my philosophy of education has evolved, expanded and hopefully, improved. I began my teaching career in public school, and have now moved into the world of higher education. In both, however, I have found that as long as I keep the students’ needs first and foremost in my pedagogy, my purpose and my philosophy, I will make a difference. I am a firm believer in hard work and have high expectations for all my students. I am also convinced that educational technology is providing teachers the opportunity to teach (and learn) in a digital environment that is purposeful, enabling our students to be prepared for real-world opportunities. I love to teach in both face-to-face and online environments, and that, I believe, makes the job easier, more enjoyable, and yet still a challenge each day, a challenge to which I look forward.
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