Hello, my name is Alex Tushinsky. I’ll be your instructor on all of the courses that you see listed here on this web site.
By profession, I am an web and applications developer with almost 20 years experience in designing and implementing solutions for the enterprise.
I began teaching at Bergen Community College, in New Jersey, back in 1997, when a friend of mine asked me to fill in for him for a six hour introductory web design and development course. I went in with very little preparation, and only had a rough idea of what I was going to cover that day. By the end of the course, I realized that I was able to teach people how to write HTML, and use Microsoft FrontPage 97 (don’t laugh, recall the days of FrontPage, Dreamweaver, and GoLive). The class went so well in fact, that I was able to put together my own extended web design and development program at the college, and taught it in the evenings and weekends. The rest is history.
My philosophy and teaching methods are a bit different than what you might expect. I refuse to use a book for my lesson plans. I feel that if I follow a book, there’s really no need for me to teach anything. The book has the information you need, read it, go through the exercises, and avoid the class. While some people like this approach, there’s no substitute for hands-on practice and real-world experience. The knowledge transferred through the demonstration of a shortcut, or an explanation of a potential programming pitfall, is invaluable. It can be the difference between a frustrated student giving up, and a successfully completed project. And so, I try to convey that in my lessons. Most of my courses are hands-on, and include narrated presentations, practical and re-usable examples, and finally offer a lot of commentary on the subject being covered.
I have taught courses for Rutgers University, New Jersey, Bergen Community College, New Jersey, and currently teach face-to-face at University of Las Vegas, Nevada, College of Southern Nevada, Nevada, and online for the County College of Morris, New Jersey.