Professor shares ‘secret sauce’ for mastering online education

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By Marissa Wells

Contributing Writer

“Diary of an Online Professor: In a World of Fuzzy Logic,” by Marilyn Carroll, is an informative book that offers guidance and insight on how to navigate education online.

In it, Carroll includes both research and analysis and her own diary entries chronicling her experience teaching an academic term during the pandemic.

“My favorite part of the book is understanding the various conversations the students have with the professor,” Carroll said. “Each expressing their challenges and then seeing the positive outcomes to their challenges as they build solutions with their professor in order to achieve their educational goals.”

The concept was inspired by Carroll’s experience teaching online and her work on a proposal of how to deliver diversity, equity and inclusion training in the Dallas Independent School District.

“I was pretty successful at delivering online education to my students and my clients that came to my virtual seminars,” Carroll said. “I felt that I had a winning combination that was the secret sauce, so I decided to use my daily diary entries on my experience as an online professor and educator, and training professional to document that evidence of the secret sauce.”

“Diary of an Online Professor” will stimulate the minds of educators, students and parents as it offers insightful information regarding virtual instruction.

“My intended audience is anyone in the online or virtual teaching or business of education and schooling looking for ways to craft and build processes that help all stakeholders in the space achieve success,” Carroll said.

It’s the author’s hope that her book proves to be informative for readers.

“It is my prayer that readers take away various insights into how to prepare for online teaching and instruction whether you are a professor or student in higher education, a teacher, parent or student in K-12, or an instructional designer or leader responsible for those on the front-line teaching to understand and provide for the methods and systems for supporting and understanding online teaching.”

In addition to being an author and professor, Carroll operates a training and development company. She is based in both Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. To learn more about the author and her work visit

“Diary of an Online Professor: In a World of Fuzzy Logic” is available for $27.95 via, Amazon, and wherever books are sold. A portion of each book sold goes to Edu/Choice Teacher awards.

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