Teaching Effectiveness: Goal 4

Goal

Design courses, lectures, and presentations and utilize business professionals in class to provide students with an engaging and interactive learning environment.

business professionals

Whenever possible I try to incorporate guest speakers into my classroom. I try to engage with professionals in the community who can add a unique perspective to the class. Their experiences add to the conversation and I find that students love to ask questions about their career, education and experience. Below is a brief list of guest speakers/co-teachers I have invited into my classes with hyperlinks to their LinkedIn profiles (if available) and a slideshow of pictures from some of the events.

  • Ashley Anderson, PHR – WSU Human Resources – guest speaker in MGMT 317 Management of Human Resources
  • Joe Solheid, QSSP – Fastenal – co-teacher and guest speaker in MGMT 317 Management of Human Resources and MGMT 325 Organizational Dynamics
  • Judie Foster-Lupkin – former Executive Director of Winona ORC on performance appraisal in MGMT 317 Management of Human Resources
  • Cherie Gabbert – former recruiter for Manpower on recruitment and selection in MGMT 317 Management of Human Resources
  • John Warner – VP of Claims Operations for Federated Mutual Insurance in MGMT 317 Management of Human Resources
  • Elizabeth Jayanti, Ph.D – owner of Shrewd Analytics on using data to make hiring decisions in MGMT 427 Human Resource Development
  • Justin Paperny – director at Whitecollaradvice.com and the Michael G. Santos Foundation on white collar crime and business ethics in BUSA 321 Applied Business Ethics
  • Rick Craft, CSP – co-owner of Authentic Saftey on safety in the workplace in MGMT 317 Management of Human Resources
  • Xamayta Graver – professional coach on coaching for increased performance in MGMT 427 Human Resource Development
  • Ling Ma, PhD – visiting scholar from China on ethical business culture in China in BUSA 321 Applied Business Ethics
  • Tyler Kiel – Human Resources Specialist at J.R. Watkins Company on employee motivation in MGMT 325, 317 and 427.
  • Peter Guidinger and Courtney George, Fastenal School of Business on Training and Development in MGMT 317 for Fastenal Day, February 2017.
  • Joe Solheid on Leadership in MGMT 325 for Fastenal Day, February 2017
  • Melissa Skagdon on Recruiting and Staffing in MGMT 317 for Fastenal Day, February 2017

  • Tyler Kiel, J.R. Watkins

 

In a course I wrote entitled BUSA 270: Business and Society I felt strongly that pre-business majors should benefit from networking with business professionals. When I built the course around sustainable business practices, I incorporated giving a lecture on local sustainable business practices on the Cal Fremling. With this idea came the next logical step–to invite business professionals to speak about their organization’s sustainable business practices and participate in the lecture with students. In addition to my students, below is a list of local business professionals who have joined us on the Cal Fremling and accompanying pictures.

2014

2015

  • Rinnie DiCenzo and Will Kitchen

presentation design

In 2010 my husband attended an OSHA conference where a professor from Idaho State University presented a session on how to make your presentations more powerful. Using basic techniques of visual storytelling from Nancy Duarte’s book, Slide:ology with examples from Garr Reynolds and his book, Presentation Zen, he presented to an audience of safety trainers a new way to do visual aids in their training rooms.

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My husband was home a few days and I was finishing up a PowerPoint for a lecture. He took one look, asked me to “stop killing my students” and gave me the notes to the conference presentation.  Fast forward seven years later and I’ve been re-imagining and re-creating all of my lecture slides from scratch. Because, have you seen a publisher created PowerPoint lecture?

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In Fall 2015 I attended a workshop to be certified in Visual Storytelling delivered by Duarte Designs.

I’ve curated a sample of book PowerPoint lectures and the re-created lectures that I deliver. Please note that I re-create ALL of my lecture visual aids and this is but a sample from a few chapters from each of the courses I teach. 

course design

BUSA 270 Business & Society, Chapter 3: The Stakeholder Approach to Business, Society and Ethics  |  Book Version  •   My Revised Version

MGMT 427 Human Resource Development, Chapter 2: Influences on Employee Behavior   |  Book Version  •   My Revised Version

MGMT 325: Organizational Dynamics, Chapter 16: Cultivating Organizational Culture    |  Book Version  •   My Revised Version

MGMT 317: Management of Human Resources   |  My Revised Version (no book PowerPoint)

I feel so strongly about presenting well that I teach my MGMT 325 students how to present using my Stop Killing Your Audience method. This provides them a leg up in the real world of work. Below is a video of my SKYA presentation from 2014. I have presented this same information to academic and practitioner audiences and it always goes over well.

Description:

Tired of your audience zoning out during your presentation? Annoyed with yawning students in your training sessions? Want to impress the board of directors at work? This 20 minute session will introduce you to a more powerful way to present information without compromising credibility or completeness. Based on the combined works of world-renown visual communicators, this interactive presentation asks you to consider two important questions: so what? and who cares? You will learn strategies for addressing these questions in an engaging and memorable way, utilizing widely available presentation software.

RESULT

Design courses, lectures, and presentations and utilize business professionals in class to provide students with an engaging and interactive learning environment.

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