Teaching, Presentation, and Publication
I. Questions I Was Looking to Answer
a.) How do I develop and share ideas and concepts I have learned with students as well as fellow student affairs professionals and faculty members?
b.) How do I share these ideas and concepts in original and innovative ways?
c.) How do I reflect on my experiences and make constructive changes and improvements?
II. Introduction- What did I already know?
I did not have any teaching, formal presentation or publication experience coming into the CSSA program. I had spent a great deal of time in classrooms, both K-12 and college and had an understanding of some of the things that made for effective teaching and things that did not. I had given recruitment presentations as part of my work as a campus ambassador and NCCC member and had worked as an editor for both NCCC’s monthly newsletter and my Semester at Sea news group. None of the work that I had done was published in a frequently viewed publication.
III. Hypothesis-What did I think the answers would be?
a.) I need to find ways to communicate my ideas clearly and concisely. I need to create ways to engage the audience in the material I am covering and ensure that they have a voice in how the material related to their own experiences and academic areas of interest.
b.) I need to become comfortable with using multiple venues to convey information (newsletter, blog, PowerPoint, webinars, etc.)
c.) I can bounce ideas off others who have had similar experiences and journal on my own. I can write down my comments and suggestions and share them with stakeholders.
IV. Methods and Materials- How did I learn?
MB 699: Success in the College Classroom
Presenting at regional NODA conference
Presenting distressed and disruptive student presentation to incoming GTAs: disruptivedistressedpres
Presenting registration information to incoming San Jose State University students at late-registration program • SJSU Late registration Powerpoint presentation
V. Data- What did I learn AND Analysis- How do I know I learned it?
a.) There are countless venues with which to share information. I have personally gained as much out some one-on-one conversation with colleagues and as I have from presentations at conferences. Great teaching opportunities are well thought out. They require a clear connection between theory and application. Taking into account individual learning styles and personal experiences is essential and is setting up clear expectations for both those doing the bulk of the learning and those doing the bulk of the teaching.
b.) I am not as interested in presenting ideas in original and innovative ways as I am in presenting them in ways that will reach my target audience and convey the information I want to present in effective ways. I plan on being thoughtful of which venues I chose to present in and unafraid to try new ways of teaching and presenting when I need to reach larger or more specialized audiences.
c.) When it comes to certain teaching, presentation and publication experiences I will rely on the formal feedback from assessment in order to determine my effectiveness. I will also rely on informal feedback from participants and my own critiques in order to facilitate constructive changes.
VII. Further questions
a.) How can teaching and learning be accurately assessed?
b.) How or can technology be as effective a teaching tool as traditional methods?