Teaching Philosophy Jannet Walsh St. Cloud State University Graduation, Dec. 16, 2016 - Assistant Professor Jannet Walsh, left, with Ali Grillo, Fall 2016 SCSU Mass Communications graduate, emphasis in Public Relations. Learn more about Ali at her website. View Fall 2016 Husky Agency staff portfolios and Introduction to Multimedia student gallery, websites and videos. Philosophy of Teaching Jannet Walsh Assistant Professor Multimedia and Strategic Communications Department of Mass Communications St. Cloud State University December 2016 More than anything in my classroom, I want students to feel passionate about learning, and be willing to go the extra step if they encounter barriers. More than the knowledge students gain, I want them to build the confidence they need to tackle challenges learning new technology, understanding diverse cultures and preparing for life beyond the university. The foundation of my classroom is built on respect, responsibility and accountability, not just listed in the course syllabus, but expected of students, and myself. The key element to teaching multimedia and strategic communications in a university classroom, I think, is keeping students motivated. My enthusiasm, technology, world travel and cultural diversity, along with real-world work experience crossing several industries and living and working in Europe, engages and motivates students in my classroom. My objective as a teacher is to motivate students to become critical thinkers and independent learners. I want my students to learn how to learn, finding their way to learn what’s needed to accomplish a task. Students learning from fellow students is when the real learning happens in my classroom. (Note: View video editing assignment students are working on featured in the photo, left, using iPads with iMovie mobile app and Adobe Premiere Pro CC.) Talent, I believe, that comes naturally or with practice, and learned skills can be helped along or built with practice. Overcoming barriers of fear – as I have done in preparing to teach – builds confidence. Passion and curiosity for learning might not be something that can be taught, yet both are vital for student success in the classroom and in a career. Learning can have great challenges with the possibility for great student successes or failure, though always with lessons learned. Observing a student having a break-through moment in my class is very rewarding for me as a teacher. Those ‘aha’ moments are more rewarding for the student, as doors will open beyond imagination. Students have called my techniques “cool” in the classroom; they don’t know the days when I was urgently trying to learn basic web design to update a website for my first job in public relations, with providing critical information for job seekers during the Global Financial Crisis. That particular day I was less than composed, lacking knowledge to update a website even as it needed to be done to help people desperate for work. Today I use this example on the first day of class in introducing the basics of website design, to try to cut the tension and fear that’s all too real. The majority of students will rise to the challenge in an environment of mutual respect, although they, too, can have barriers to learning. Pressures outside the classroom, such as full-time jobs, illnesses and family responsibilities are all real, and I have worked with students facing learning barriers, or point them in the direction to receive help. At the end of the semester I want students to take away their new skills and talents, increase confidence to continue to learn and explore their passions and develop a curiosity that propels them in the direction that’s a good match, not just for making a living or career, but fulfills them intellectually. If students forget what I teach them, then it’s critical thinking, along with respect, responsibility and accountability I want them to remember, helping them explore beyond their areas of study and wildest imaginations. Jannet Walsh St. Cloud State University Graduation, Fall 2016 Highlights from St. Cloud State University Fall 2016 graduation at Halenbeck Hall, Dec. 16, 2016. Go to Husky Agency now! Go to Multimedia Toolkit now!