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    Communicate Like a Pro--Think Like a Journalist: Simplify Your Message
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 8/23/2018
    Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    Created as a series, but designed as discrete workshops, this series focuses on improving communication and presentation skills. Each workshop will focus on a finite skill required for effective communication. Each workshop begins with a mini-lecture on a specific communication or public speaking skill and then guides participants through a series of activities designed to highlight the skill while also providing strategies for later use.

    These sessions are interactive and experiential. The only way to confront the fear of public speaking or to improve communication skills is to practice. These workshops provide opportunities for practice and attempt to alleviate anxiety around public speaking through the process of desensitization and laughter.

    Participants are invited to attend all of the sessions or select the workshop(s) of most interest in need.

    Communicate Like a Pro--Think Like a Journalist: Simplify Your Message

    The “nut graf” rules in journalism. Referring to the phrase “in a nutshell,” the nut graf is a stylistic convention in journalistic writing. Journalists often provide the who, what, when, where, why and how in a few simple lines. The skill of writing clearly and concisely applies to public speaking. In order to be effective, the speaker must have a defined message for her/his audience. This workshop focuses on defining the central message and provides three practice strategies for clarifying and simplifying the message.

    Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
    • Describe three elements of a well-defined message
    • Apply one of several strategies to generate a clear and concise message


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Communicate Like a Pro--Think Like a Mime: Use Nonverbal Communication
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 9/18/2018
    Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    Created as a series, but designed as discrete workshops, this eight part series focuses improving communication and presentation skills. Each workshop will focus on a finite skill required for effective communication. Each workshop begins with a mini-lecture on a specific communication or public speaking skill and then guides participants through a series of activities designed to highlight the skill while also providing strategies for later use.

    These sessions are interactive and experiential. The only way to confront the fear of public speaking or to improve communication skills is to practice. These workshops provide opportunities for practice and attempt to alleviate anxiety around public speaking though the process of desensitization and laughter.

    Participants are invited to attend all of the sessions or select the workshop(s) of most interest in need.

    Communicate Like a Pro: Think Like a Mime: Use Nonverbal Communication

    Mimes tell stories without making a sound. Mimes know how to use their bodies and their facial expressions to convey emotion and advance a story. Effective public speakers do not need the skill or expertise of a mime to harness their bodies potential for communicating ideas. Speakers simply need to be aware of nonverbal communication, its potential to impact the audience perception and practice at using the body to convey a message. This workshop focuses on key elements of nonverbal communication, such as eye contact, stance, hand gestures and facial expression to deliver more effective messages with more. Participants should prepare for an introductory round of charades!

    Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
    • Discuss the importance of nonverbal communication
    • Describe two primary components of nonverbal communication
    • Apply at last two techniques to improve nonverbal communication


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Reflection as a Tool for Teaching and Learning
    Instructor: Anthony J Frisby, PhD
    Date: 10/9/2018
    Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
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    This session will focus on the use of student reflection as one method for deepening their understanding of course content (Mezirow, 1997). "Critical reflection is the means by which we work through beliefs and assumptions, assessing their validity in the light of new experiences or knowledge, considering their sources, and examining underlying premises" (Cranton, 2002, p. 65). Strategies for reflective practice will be discussed and will include the use of a private journal (communication between instructor and student only), Wiki, reflective written assignments and other related activities. Join the discussion and learn how to incorporative this valuable evidence-based practice in one or more of your courses to benefit your students and gain a better understanding of their thought processes.

    At the end of the session, participants should be able to:
    • Discuss the value of student reflection as a potential strategy for facilitating deeper learning
    • Develop a tentative plan for incorporating reflective activities for one or more courses
    • Select one tool for consideration for one or more reflective assignments


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Creating Effective Learning Experiences
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 1/10/2019
    Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    "The intentional, systematic planning and sequencing behind effective assignments often goes unnoticed by learners. This workshop demystifies the assignment design process by deconstructing an activity within the context of a learning experience.

    Participants will explore the importance of aligning learning activities with learning goals and explore key characteristics in developing learning activities, the importance of scaffolding the assignment to enhance student success and the importance of feedback.

    At the end of the session, participants should be able to:
    • Describe the importance of aligning course activities with learning goals
    • Identify key characteristics of effective learning assignment or experience
    • Discuss the role of scaffolding in designing a learning experience


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Building a Better Lecture
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 1/21/2019
    Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
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    According to classroom observations and self-report data, instructors rely heavily on lecture as an instructional method despite research documenting the limited effectiveness of lectures as a teaching strategy. Lectures can be integral to the learning experience with an understanding of the factors contributing to its effectiveness as an instructional tool. This workshop will focus on identifying key uses of lecture and three simple strategies for building more effective learning experiences for students. Participants are asked to identify and bring a lecture they have previously developed for use during the experiential workshop.

    Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be to:
    • Identify best uses of lecture
    • Define one organizing technique for lectures
    • Incorporate signposts into a planned lecture experience
    • Apply best practices to a planned lecture experience


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Active Teaching, Engaging Minds
    Instructor: (TBD) CTL Staff
    Date: 2/1/2019
    Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
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    Active teaching is an umbrella term used to identify a variety of teaching strategies. It includes most anything that students do in a classroom other than passively listening to an instructor’s lecture. Research demonstrates active learning improves students' understanding and retention of information and can be very effective in developing higher order cognitive skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. Active learning, however, presents challenges and requires re-thinking the classroom space and traditional roles.

    This interactive workshop will:
    • Summarize the impact of active teaching on student learning
    • Demonstrate a handful of active teaching strategies
    • Discuss some challenges to adopting active teaching techniques


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Communicate Like a Pro--Think Like a Designer: Create an Impact with Visuals
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 2/4/2019
    Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    Created as a series, but designed as discrete workshops, this series focuses on improving communication and presentation skills. Each workshop will focus on a finite skill required for effective communication. Each workshop begins with a mini-lecture on a specific communication or public speaking skill and then guides participants through a series of activities designed to highlight the skill while also providing strategies for later use.

    These sessions are interactive and experiential. The only way to confront the fear of public speaking or to improve communication skills is to practice. These workshops provide opportunities for practice and attempt to alleviate anxiety around public speaking through the process of desensitization and laughter.

    Participants are invited to attend all of the sessions or select the workshop(s) of most interest in need.

    Communicate Like a Pro--Think Like a Designer: Create an Impact with Visuals

    Visuals matter. Designers understand the importance of aesthetics and how to use visual elements to set a tone or elicit a response. Communicators could benefit from borrowing a few design principles to improve the now ubiquitous PowerPoint (PPT) presentation, This workshop focuses on a handful of design principles that will elevate the look and feel of PPT presentations to make the message pop. Participants will apply the highlighted design principles to a selection of PPT slides to evaluate the good, bad, ugly and possible fixes.

    Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
    • Discuss the importance of visually appealing materials that complement a presentation
    • Identify key design considerations in preparing visual materials
    • Identify common errors in PPT design



    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Communicate Like a Pro---Think Like a Radio Host: Find Your Voice
    Instructor: Julie Phillips, PhD
    Date: 2/11/2019
    Time: 9:00am – 10:00am
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 200A, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    Created as a series, but designed as discrete workshops, this series focuses on improving communication and presentation skills. Each workshop will focus on a finite skill required for effective communication. Each workshop begins with a mini-lecture on a specific communication or public speaking skill and then guides participants through a series of activities designed to highlight the skill while also providing strategies for later use.

    These sessions are interactive and experiential. The only way to confront the fear of public speaking or to improve communication skills is to practice. These workshops provide opportunities for practice and attempt to alleviate anxiety around public speaking through the process of desensitization and laughter.

    Participants are invited to attend all of the sessions or select the workshop(s) of most interest in need.

    Communicate Like a Pro: Think Like a Radio Host: Find Your Voice

    Fans of WKRP in Cincinnati and News Radio probably had a favorite personality from the fictionalized radio stations. For me, it was Les Nesman (“Oh, the humanity.”) and Bill McNeal (played by Phil Hartmann). Each of the radio hosts capitalized on their voice to delivery news, information and “gripping” music (a la Dr. Jonny Fever) to the listeners. As presenters, we must cultivate a signature style that addresses the speaker’s authenticity and vocal capabilities. This workshop encourages participants to reflect on the signature’s authentic speaking style they would like to cultivate experiment with simple techniques to add more energy, variety and interest to their voice.

    Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:
    • Describe the concepts of a “signature” style
    • Identify the importance of vocal variety in communication settings
    • Apply at last two techniques to improve vocal variety


    This workshop is also available online on the date of the session--click here to enter the virtual classroom.

    Creating and Preparing Charts for Publication
    Instructor: (TBD) CTL Staff
    Date: 2/28/2019
    Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Location: Scott Memorial Library, Room 307, Center City Campus
    (Register for this workshop)

    Creating charts for publication is a snap with Microsoft Excel. The graphing and formatting of Excel make it a quick and easy solution for many types of data display. We’ll look at optimizing your format in Excel for easy placement into PowerPoint, Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. Participants should already possess the skills to work with data in Excel.

    During this workshop we will:
    • Create various types of graphs including: bar charts, x-y plots, scatter plots
    • Manipulate formatting to gain adequate resolution
    • Add a chart to MS PowerPoint for automatic updating
    • Copy and manipulate a chart in Photoshop that satisfies publishers’ requirements