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Quote: "Education is one of the most valuable assets in life because it is something that
can never be taken away from you."
An ancient philosopher, Confucious, once said, "Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. But involve me and I will understand." That concept is manifest in both Dr. Eric Oestmann's educational philosophy and the project-based approach to learning that is taken with degree programs offered through AIU Online. "I have always hung my hat on understanding as the key to effective teaching and learning methods. I tend to utilize a combination of various teaching styles, particularly androgogy, which is an adult learning theory that emphasizes a combination of knowledge gained through life experiences with the application of that knowledge in the real world. Whether through lecture, participation, application, or self-learning, involvement maximizes the potential for students to understand and learn concepts."
Dr. Oestmann's educational philosophy is also founded in the wide array of academic and professional experience that he brings to the courses that he facilitates through AIU Online. He earned a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of South Dakota and earned two doctorate degrees in Healthcare Administration and Management, one from Southwest University in New Orleans in 1999 and one that he earned online through Capella University in 2006. "Research is one of my passions. Earning a second doctorate degree gave me the opportunity to take my first doctoral dissertation, which was "Mutual Expectation Theory of Motivation," and tests that theory over seven years of implementation in community hospitals for my second doctoral dissertation." Dr. Oestmann also holds the following professional certifications: