Dr. Steve Hunt is Director of the School of Communication at Illinois State University in Normal Illinois. For several years, Steve and his colleagues have worked with the American Democracy Project, which is a program of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, to integrate political engagement activities into college curricular and co-curricular experiences. Dr. Hunt discusses how this initiative has grown at Illinois State, assessment data on its success, and steps that teachers and parents can take to promote political engagement among students. To learn more about the American Democracy Program, visit: http://www.aascu.org/programs/ADP/
Ulrich Boser is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, where he examines education issues. He talks with Scott Titsworth about his recently published book, "Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything". For more information on the book, visit: http://ulrichboser.com/
As Basic Course Director in the Department of Communication at George Mason University, Melissa Broeckelman-Post is responsible for training and supervising 50-60 instructors who teach 3500-4000 students per year in the required introductory communication skills courses taken by all students, as well as developing curriculum, managing the program, and assessing learning outcomes. Dr. Broeckelman-Post discusses how different course structures and interventions facilitate learning.
Dr. Katherine Ziff is an assistant professor in the department of counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC. Ziff's recent book, Art Break: A Creative Guide to Joyful and Productive Classrooms, was published in 2016 by Swallow Press. In this episode, Ziff discusses the use of Art Breaks in elementary school settings as a potential therapeutic intervention that can improve students emotional orientation toward learning while at the same time centering them around productivity tasks like critical thinking, problem solving, and positive social interactions. Art Breaks, according to Ziff, are potentially useful for students in any classroom and can potentially be used by parents in home settings. Ziff's book can be purchased through the Swallow Press website (http://www.ohioswallow.com/search?q=ziff) or through other online booksellers.
Dr. Angela Hosek directs the basic communication course in Ohio University's School of Communication Studies in the Scripps College of Communication. Dr. Hosek discusses how group dynamics play a role in the learning process for millennial students, as well as how education approaches must adapt to the ways in which millennial students tend to learn.
Nathan Carpenter and Laeeq Kahn – Nathan Carpenter is the Director of the Social Media Analytics Lab at Illinois State University, and Dr. Laeeq Kahn is director of the Social Media Analytics Research Team Lab at Ohio University. Carpenter and Kahn discuss uses of social media analytics as a new arena for teaching millennial students a wide range of liberal arts issues, ranging from quantitative reasoning to critical thinking.
Dr. Mayhew is a professor of Music in the College of Fine Arts at Ohio University and Conductor of the Ohio University Women's Ensemble and Ohio University Choral Union. Paul discussed the role of communication and creativity in the classroom.
Ruthi Engelke, a representative of a national organization called Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, discusses how the theatre of the oppressed philosophy provides a meaningful learning experience for contemporary learners of all ages.
April is a teacher at Athens Middle School who teaches courses related to technology and other STEM areas for 7th and 8th grade students in the Athens City Schools. April has recently integrated coding into her curriculum and discusses effective practices in student-centered teaching, particularly in technology-related subjects.
Dr. Chabot is a professor of Child and Family Studies in the College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University. Jennifer specializes in issues related to pediatric health care and discusses the changing roles of children as those changes potentially influence how children and young adults experience educational settings.