Teaching was never on my list of probable, or even possible, careers as I went through my undergraduate experience/adventure. It is my belief that the destination is much less important than the journey itself. Through my experiences of ultimately becoming a teacher I have found that the experiences in life are valuable in the classroom environment. Once I started teaching, it was the signal I found in the experiences that said this was for me.
The courses I teach through out the normal year and including summer teaching are the Web Design Intro course, the Advanced Web Design class and most recently I have been teaching Multimedia Design and Production and Technology in the Classroom. None of these courses are required, yet all are full at any given semester. I love teaching these courses because of the use of technology and I see students come into the classroom ready and very eager to learn. They leave the course with newly gained knowledge. They have some of the most creative ideas that one could dream of and these make the classes exciting and fun as well. The end results are some outstanding designs.
Here are the courses and their descriptions:
COMM 270: Intro to Web Design
An introductory course in graphic and web page design and development. This course introduces computer software for creating interactive web pages and web sites, featuring color scheme concepts, application of graphics, and other basic design principles
COMM 271: Advanced Web Design
This is an advanced course in web development. This course introduces students to web development with Flash as well as CSS and other programming languages. The course emphasizes new techniques and the practical aspects of web development versus the theories of designing.
COMM 273: Multimedia Design & Production
This is a fun course covering multiple applications that would be potentially used in a multimedia designing situation. The class members all become part of a designing firm and take on the roles of the various firm members. These are the positions of videographer, SME (Subject Matter Expert) AKA Content Specialist, Project manager, graphic designer, audio engineer etc. Combined into one, these students learn each others areas and build one final product for the completion of the course.
COMM / ARTS 491 (Special Topics): Digital Portrait Photography
The digital portrait photography course is predominantly a hands-on type of course. As a hands-on type of course, students have the opportunity to practice / apply learned techniques with their classmates. The course is, at this time, a special topics course. We hope that the experience of the course will make it a permanent course in the catalog of courses. Students will learn to not only take professional photos of individuals, couples, and groups, they will also learn to properly use lighting equipment and natural light. As students works are placed online, the class will critique the works and help each other improve.
EXAMPLES: Some of my portrait photography and some of my students works can be seen on my site, “Art to Life Photography” – The URL is http://www.cmsturgeon.com
EDUC 301: Computer Applications for Teachers
A course designed to equip the student with the knowledge and skills necessary to utilize computer software in the classroom as a means of improving instruction and classroom management. Prerequisite: CISS 100 or demonstrated computer proficiency.
EDUC 575: Technology in the Classroom
I love teaching teachers. This course is in the masters of teacher education program. This introduces students to various technologies that can be used to enhance teaching / learning. Included are various theories that support the concepts behind using technology in teaching. In the conclusion of the course, theory is brought to practice and there is a full understanding as to appropriate times for the use of technologies.
EDUC 675: Multimedia Design & Production
This is an advanced course in the Lee University Ed.S. program. The course covers instructional design and technology theories and bridges the theories with daily practices in teaching. The course allows students to be introduced to multiple applications that would be potentially used in a classroom setting; both K-12 and Higher Education. The class members all learn the parts of a designing team and take on the roles. Combined into one, these students learn each others areas and build one final product for the completion of the course.