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I taught online from 2004 until 2013. During that period, I had the opportunity to teach students who are physically located in some very remote places, especially since so many students were affiliated with the United States armed forces. Most of the students were Americans, but my rosters have included citizens of several countries.

During the first several years, I asked every student's location and kept a record of all the places they were taking the class from. That list included at least the following locations. For students who moved during class, I have named only the location they started in or the place I learn about. No location is listed more than once, regardless of how many students I have had from there. Location names are those given by the students themselves. Sometimes they name a town, sometimes a military base, sometimes only the country or region. Students who are vague about their location don't get listed any more specifically.

The photos were submitted by the students themselves. If your name or picture is on this page it was by your request. If you want me to take it down, simply contact me and I will do so immediately.

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This is APUS student Jamon Lifsey from a winter, 2009 section of World Civilization. He took my class while in Qingdao, China, teaching English. He notes: "It is a picture of me last year on the great wall just outside of Beijing. It was a 12km day hike winding through mountians and valeys. What a great experience."
This is APUS student Myra McGee from my summer, 2007 section of Renaissance and Reformation, at a Renaissance fair in Concorde, North Carolina. She notes: "The costume was from a local theatre group from their last Shakespeare festival and is supposed to represent Tudor England. It was quite uncomfortable and I am glad we don't dress that way any more."
This is the tent at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, that Western Civ 1 (fall, 2007) student Adam Holmes used to live in. It burned down, destroying his laptop and hence, his access to my classroom. That's the kind of thing that makes one long for the good ol' days of "The dog ate my homework" kind of excuses! It's all part of teaching for UMUC during the GWOT.
This is Michael Miller, Western Civ 1 (spring, 2007) standing in front of the famous law codex by Hammurabi, of which we read excerpts in class. He didn't have to go to Iraq to see it, as it is now in Paris.
This is Richard Crocker, Western Civ 1 (term 2, 2004/5), standing in front of the Temple at Ur in Iraq, a very large, three-dimensional primary source for Babylonian culture.
This photo shows Hillary Morton, a civil affairs soldier, reading our Problems of World Politics (term 3, 2004/5) theory textbook, Nye: Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History (4th ed.), 2003., to some of her comrades in arms. She writes, In the picture we are sitting on the roof of the Zhargoona Mausoleum, a historical site we are refurbishing very carefully. The Zhargoona Alakozai Mausoleum is ... in Kandahar, Afghanistan. It was built in the 1700's to honor the mother of the "father of Afghanistan" (a king). Within the the past 30 years it has been subjected to the ravages of war. Most of the damage was done between 1973-1979. During the Soviet occupation the Mujhadeen frequently used it for concealment against the Russians.
Hillary also took this shot. She writes: The second picture is of Jennifer Brooks [another Problems of World Politics student] (on the right) and me (Hillary, on the left). We attend many dinners with the locals. This particular event we hosted and decided to dress up in our Afghan attire. The food is delicious here! The first half of our last tour we lived entirely off the economy, living in a mud house in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif (showering once a week with our candle lit evenings and fires to keep warm, truly an amazing experience, talk about being submerged in a culture). I really acquired a taste for the food. I live outside of DC back home and to my advantage I have a plethora of Afghan restaurants and markets close by. I am really lucky. I have a great job here. I couldn't do it any other way. Enjoy the photos!
This is Western Civ 1 student David McDaniel,(term 4, 2003/4), holding our textbook in the Dutch town of Wassenaar. He soon graduated and is now pursuing a PhD in history!
This is Jennifer Shellhorn (UMUC Western Civ, 2006) who has just finished her AA degree in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
This is Frank Muniz (UMUC Western Civ, term 5 2004/5) with his wife Yazmin in Luxembourg. He is going on to grad school in international relations.
This is Nina Crist, a student from Western Civ 1 (term 4, 2003/4), on her staircase in Niefern, Germany.
This is Nina's hometown of Niefern as seen from her balcony. It is not far from where my wife grew up.
This is western civ student Jasmine Irvin (term 2, 2004/5) with her two children, Desiree and Damara, up on Neuschwannstein castle while on R&R in Garmisch, Germany.
Jenn Lashley, Western Civ 1 (term 2, 2004/5), sitting on a bridge within the Oirase Gorge, which is in the Town of Towadako, in Northern Japan. She writes that it is a beautiful place for hiking in the Spring, Summer and Fall months, but it is up in the mountains and gets quite the amount of snow in the winter.
This is Hector Falcon getting ready for another 18 hour day in Kuwait. He spends the other six hours reading his Western Civ 1 textbook (term 4, 2003/4).


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