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What technology do you use in the classroom?
"Our online courses are provided through the course management platform SOLE. It is easy for the students to navigate and use. In addition to the standard texts, emails, and discussion boards, the students and I use Zoom, Teams, Google Drive, YouTube, Canva, and/or ChatGPT, among others."
"I make sure to rely on the same tools that health organizations use, to best prepare my students for their next step after graduation."
How would you describe your teaching style?
"My teaching style is highly engaging."
How do you mentor students?
"Mentoring is what I value the most as a faculty. I personally benefited, and I am still benefiting, from the support of outstanding mentors and I know that mentoring is key to students’ development and success."
What is the difference between online teaching vs on-campus?
"I see one concrete difference between on-campus and online teaching. When teaching asynchronously online, I do not see students’ reactions when they work on the materials. It is therefore crucial to encourage students to interact with me and their peers, by asking questions, sharing their understanding, and providing feedback."
What is the key to student success in your classes?
"Every week, I provide a structure list of activities students must complete. If they go through those activities, engage with me and their peers, and ask questions, they have no difficulty being successful in my classes."
France became Director of the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program and Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management, and Leadership at the WVU School of Public Health in 2022.
Her scholarship focuses on the determinants of the demand for health services, with a particular interest in the impact of aging on these services.
She holds a M.S. in economics from University of Lausanne in Switzerland and a PhD in health policy and administration, with a concentration in Health Economics, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.