Faculty Members to Showcase Media Integration in Classrooms

Faculty members Peter Young and James Morgan and a student panel will talk about engaging students with media tools, which are becoming essential in achieving the university’s mission (eCampus image).

By Carmen Shiu, Student Assistant, eCampus
International and Extended Studies

San Jose State University faculty members who are incorporating the use of media in the classroom will showcase some of their innovative work at the Spring ’12 eCampus Faculty Showcase on Wednesday, April 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in rooms 225/229 of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

Media have transformed how people learn and communicate in ways that were never done before. Moving forward, media will only become more advanced and more integrated into everyday life. Two SJSU faculty members and a student panel will talk about engaging students with media tools, which are becoming essential in achieving the university’s mission.

New media Lecturer Peter Young from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who believes good instructors are entertainers, will showcase different tools he finds useful in the classroom.

“New media is important, not unto itself, but rather what it allows one to do,” said Young. “Teaching is entertainment and using some of the new media that is available can be motivating.”

The second faculty member on board to present is James Morgan, who is an area coordinator and advisor for digital media art. He has found success in incorporating media into his teaching, such as screen casting and using YouTube videos.

“It’s all in the balance of an interesting class to be able to show media and do discussions and group work,” said Morgan. “Recently, I’ve heavily integrated videos, allowing students to hear another voice and perspective, and it’s a pleasant change.”

The student panel is returning after its successful debut in the Fall ’11 eCampus Faculty Showcase. Selected students will be on hand to talk about what media they use to help them excel in school and what kinds of media they wish instructors would use in their classes.

Following each presentation is a Q&A session, allowing audience members to ask the presenters any questions they may have. In addition to lunch being served, there is a raffle drawing for a $20 SJSU Gold Points Card for those who preregister at http://tinyurl.com/sp12showcase and are present at the showcase. This showcase is free and open to all SJSU faculty and staff members only.

“All of us share the same passion for teaching and learning,” said Mark Adams, the lead instructional developer of eCampus. “Our showcase serves as a chance for everyone to come together, relax, eat and be inspired by our colleagues’ work.”

WHAT: Spring ’12 eCampus Faculty Showcase

WHO: Open to all SJSU faculty and staff members

WHY: Learn how to engage students with media tools

WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Rooms 225/229, Martin Luther King Jr. Library

INFO: To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/sp12showcase

CONTACT: Jessica Gonzalez, eCampus Administrative Assistant, at 408-924-2742 or jessica.gonzalez@sjsu.edu

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