The Last Day…

What do you do on the last day of class? Is it time for ‘business’ and getting the last tasks done? Or is there opportunity for critical reflection and closure?

reflection on water

Making the Last Day Meaningful is focused around the idea that the last day is just as important as the first day of class. Being intentional and thoughtful about what this learning space includes is key to students’ learning and experience. Would love to hear your ideas about what you do on the last day of class…

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Disrupting Learning Through Mobile Exploration

Excited to be facilitating a workshop on mobile learning at the CSU Symposium on University Teaching this month @CalPolyPomona! Get ready to go mobile in this session!

Here’s a sneak peek: How can we disrupt learning through discovery and exploration in ways that allows learners to engage with the world around them?

student using iPad and iPod for studying on a car road trip

Mobile Learner by kvlayton, 2015

Mobile technology allows this reach beyond the four walls of a physical classroom. In the Mobile Learning Scavenger Hunt activity, learners work together to discover and capture a variety of objects/visuals that represent motivational appeals closely tied to the emotions, needs, and values of their audience in persuasive speaking and writing.  Find out the results of students’ learning performance, as well as what they walked away with ‘beyond the grade’.

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Rock Your First Day of Class!

In writing this tip, I kept reflecting on various ‘first’ days that I experienced, both as an educator and a student. So much is happening on this first day! Everything from excitement, to fear, to curiosity.  As I leave my office and head to the first day of class in a new semester, I often have emotions that feel just like the first time that I taught the class. I am nervous but excited. As a student, I get these very same feelings.

How can we tap into these feelings and really set the stage for the learning experience? Check out some brief tips: Rock Your First Day of Class!

Blended Public Speaking Course

It has been a journey creating this learning experience for my public speaking students. Each of them has been a part of this creation and I am excited to share this course publicly through creative commons licensing in Canvas. It is a blend of face-to-face and online elements that support engaging opportunities for students to practice critical digital skills as a community of learners. Please click the homepage image below to view the course.

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Eleven Things You Should Never Say During a Presentation

Bravo! These 11 things really spoke to me in Marr’s (2017) post on Eleven Things Your Should Never Say During a Presentation.

As someone who teaches a required class on public speaking to college freshman, I remind them that everything they say impacts their credibility to the particular audience.   While their audience includes their peers, it is a great opportunity to practice for other audiences.  “I didn’t have much time”, or “I am running out of time” are better left unsaid.  My other big point is to remind them that the intro and conclusion are critical.  The “attention getter” at the beginning should do just that; grab attention.  Same with the conclusion – don’t tell the audience “now I am done”. If you have a good “clincher” the audience will know you are done. Being mindful of the ‘filler words’ is important, but also know that we are humans and a few ‘ums’ or ‘ers’ is not going to ruin the whole speech.