Like most professionals passionate about what they do, I was excited about the opportunity to share with my colleagues how I had incorporated social media technologies in my public speaking course. This opportunity presented itself in late February when I presented “Teaching Social Media vs. Using Social Media To Teach” Teaching Social Media vs. Using Social Media to Teach I was excited to share with my colleagues, and others from around the University, what I found to be an engaging, student-centered educationally enriching way to teach Public Speaking.
Whenever you present a new area of research there is always some trepidation in regards to reception. My anxiety was quelled by the warm reception of the audience. Unexpectedly, Paul Peghar Creative Director of University Communications decided to attend my talk — to my surprise! Paul like the other attendees seemed enthusiastic about how I had encouraged students to use their own experiences to teach others communication principles. Well, that presentation piqued the interest of Paul.
Soon after he contact me to inquire about doing a short promotional video for the University on this innovative teaching practice of using social media to enrich the educational experience of students enrolled in public speaking. I admit that at first I was a bit apprehensive about the invitation. I’m not the most comfortable in front of the camera, and I felt as though my role at the University is not that of a spokesperson. However, after speaking with the students enrolled in the class and seeing their excitement about the opportunity to share with others what they believed to be an engaging educational experience — I soon changed my mind.
As of now, I have been interviewed by someone in University Communications. This interview included questions about my teaching practices and how I came to the decision to teach Public Speaking in a Digital World. The second — and more dominant — component of the video features the students and their work. I admit, I am excited to see how the video turns out. I promise to share it with my readers here. Stay tuned!