Professional Communication and Presentation Class Mini Discussion

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This week, four amazing artists presented their Mini Discussion presentation.  Here was the prompt: Garr Reynolds says an ineffective slide is a slideument and Nancy Duarte says we should be creating “digital scenery” instead.  Explain the difference between an ineffective slide and an effective one based on these two slide design experts.  Use one outside source, and create an activity to help the class internalize your lesson.

As they were presenting, my students animated their speech using the whiteboard and a few markers.  After they finished, I asked them if I could take their pictures next to the pictures they’re drawn on the board.

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Gerson (left) and Tuan (right) showed us the RIGHT way to design a slide relying on images, a little bit of relevant text, and strong principles of design.

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Brian (left) and Roberto (right) explain what a slidument is and dissect an example of a “wall of text,” bad slide.

I am always so impressed when my students blend what they’re learning and studying (art and design) with what we learn in class.

What great things have your students been working on lately?

Clearly Influential Podcast

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A few weeks ago, I got the incredible opportunity to chat with Sandy Donovan for her podcast Clearly Influential.  Check out the interview here.  

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The research project I reference in the podcast was actually just accepted to the Florida Communication Association this afternoon.  I am excited to present this research to colleagues also interested in online pedagogy in order to learn how to resonate with students as an online teacher and how to create a stronger learning community online.

I highly recommend Sandy’s podcast series.  To learn more, follow her on Twitter here.  You can also visit her Facebook page here.

Professional Communication and Presentation Class Commandments

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Today, a really strong team of students put together and presented a “Mini Discussion” about the TED Commandments, why these presentation rules are important, and how those rules apply to all presenters.

To conclude their presentation, the group asked us to think about our own class commandments for Professional Communication and Presentation.  Here are my favorite 5 of the 10:

Thou shalt respect the audience.

Thou shalt “get naked” with delivery.

Thou shalt interact.

Thou shalt not rely on PowerPoint slides.

Thou shalt always be prepared.

Some of the commandments we wrote on the board are our silly class inside jokes, but most of our tips are incredibly helpful for communicating and presenting effectively.

Here is the Mini Discussion team comprised of Fiifi, Kim, Emily, and Joe posting with the Class Commandments:

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And here is the rest of my wonderful class courtesy of a panoramic photo I had no idea my phone was capable of capturing:

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What great things have your students been up to lately?

Communication Research Projects

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For the past few weeks, as opposed to writing posts for my blog, I’ve been focusing exclusively on my academic writing in the field of communication.  In my Communication and Conflict course, as I mentioned earlier this month, I began a research project proposal.  I am planning on turning this proposal into my thesis.  My focus is female leadership and the identity conflict that often arises between “female” and “leader.”  While I am still nailing down my theoretical lens and methods, I confirmed my thesis chair and an additional committee member.  In August, I am excited to invite my third committee member on board and to present my finalized research project proposal to the entire team.  Once my proposal has been approved, I can begin my work.

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Additionally, I am thrilled to report that I began collaborating with a classmate on a food-related research project based on the “cooking as inquiry” method.  We asked a professor to co-author this qualitative study with us.

I am waiting to hear back from NCTE’s 4Cs and the Florida Communication Association to see if my conference proposals have been accepted for presentation.  I will keep you posted!

Last, but not least, I have a conference call scheduled early next week with a PhD student at my top choice school.  After scouring the program’s website and reading up on the faculty and their publications, I am excited about the possibility of attending this specific doctoral program.  I plan to apply in late 2015 with a fingers-crossed start date of August 2016.

What kind of researching, reading, and writing have you been doing lately?