Student Caring - A Podcast for Professors
Join professors de Roulet and Pecoraro as they encourage professors to achieve success.

How We Spent Our Summer Vacation

How We Spent Our Summer

In this podcast we talk about our activities during the summer of 2013 and give you a preview of what to expect from Student Caring in the fall.

Sound Bites:

  • I taught the typical college composition class.
  • I produced a theatre production and in doing so, re-designed how I will teach my course in producing for next spring.
  • Any fun this summer, David? With a student of mine, we helped to put on a local fireworks show.
  • We would like to hear from you about future topics for us to research and present.
  • If you are a student, we would love to have you as a guest for a podcast interview.
  • We have listeners who are in India, England, and Australia. If you are in one of these countries, we would like to make personal contact to get to know you better. Please, introduce yourself!
  • If you have an educational conference in your area, we would love to join you as guest speakers.
  • We hope you are all having wonderful summers!

Upcoming Podcast Topics:

  • Professor, Ellen Bremen, M.A. will join us for a podcast and talk about her new book, "Say This, NOT That to Your Professor. 36 Talking Tips for College Success
  • E.S.L. programs and their importance.
  • International students in the Unites States.
  • H.B.C.U. Lifestyle

 

Why Your Opinion Matters: 

Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

Thank you!

Daniel & David

Direct download: sc_47_our_summer.mp3
Category:Higher Education -- posted at: 9:08am PST
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NOW WHAT?! 

Student Caring Interviews Ari King
Student Caring Interviews Ari King

In this podcast, Student Caring's Daniel and David interview Ari King about his new book, NOW WHAT?! - Conversations about College Graduation and the Next Step.

College acts as a giant umbrella when you transition from high school. There are majors to declare, dorms to live in, and peers to bond with. Not only can you can rely on older students, family members, and the college’s staff to assist you, guide you, and answer questions, but all of the options are pre- sented to you. However, when you graduate from college, there is little to no structure about what comes next. So what are you supposed to do?

BOOK DESCRIPTION FROM AMAZON:
Now What?! Conversations about College, Graduation, and the Next Step features over sixty interviews with college graduates about their experiences transitioning from college students to recent graduates looking for work, applying for graduate school, and trying to figure out what to do next. From the budding marine biologist who studied abroad in Saint Croix to the driven journalist who graduated early for a newspaper job, Now What?! is packed full of advice for students and alumni alike. Now What?! features interviews with a writer and former pro basketball player who found himself on academic probation twice, a C-suite executive who contemplated ballet or TV reporting, a university president who never left school, a producer for Modern Family and Will & Grace, a systems engineer for the U.S. Navy with dreams of teaching kindergarten, a job-hopping competitive rower who won gold at the 1984 Olympics, and more!

DANIEL: Today, we welcome a man who was one of the first to become a member of the Student Caring community. In March of 2012 we published an interview with Ari: Listener Ari King: The College Graduates Handbook.

Our Questions for Mr. Ari King:

  • One of the things that our project has been concerned about that you really tackle in Now What?! is the overemphasis on getting to college but not on what to do when you graduate.  What do you see as the sources of the problem of overemphasizing admission to college, and what can we as a society do about it?
  • In the interviews you conducted, where did professors play a positive role in preparing their students what comes after college?  If you were a prof today, what would you do to make a difference for your students in this area?
  • You have divided your interview into four categories of people:  "know-it-alls," "roundabouts," "no-ideas," and "pathswitchers."  Could you describe the characteristics of each group just a little?  Into which category would you put yourself?
  • You interview a lot of successful people in your book who have obtained success in very different ways.  Which of the paths you encountered are of the most interest to you?
  • Tell us just a little about the experience of writing this book.  How much work was involved on both the writing and publishing ends?

Sound Bites:

  • When I graduated, I realized that there was not a blueprint to life in post-college, like there was for getting into college.
  • It would be beneficial, for the professor if there could be a little bit more than just information giving.
  • I am a professor and I also a human being on the side. My door is always open.
  • Just as my mom said, "You just put one foot in front of the other and it will get figured out."
  • If you are still in college, you should be proud and happy about that.

 

Now What?!
Ari King
Ari King
Why Your Opinion Matters: 

Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

Thank you!

Daniel & David

Direct download: sc_46_ari_king.mp3
Category:Higher Education -- posted at: 8:30am PST
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Caring Online - Student Caring
The Online Challenge? 
Caring in a Different Kind of Presence

Caring Online

The Online Challenge? Caring in a Different Kind of Presence.

"We worry about a loss of physical presence and all that goes with it."

How "Student Caring" can help with online education (Courses which are 100% online).

Our Concerns:

  • Online education is education-light—there is little way of controlling or determining the quality of the instruction and learning.
  • For those concerned about the student side of the equation—whether students are doing enough work to earn the credit—this aspect of learning is still controlled by the instructor and her or his department.
  • How do I know that the person doing the work is the student—not a parent, a significant other, or a paid “for-hire” student?
  • Aren’t online classes an excellent place to hide for students uncomfortable with the course’s primary language, or the subject matter, or the physical classroom? Yes and no…and for bad and good.

How can a "Student Caring" approach affect an online class?

  • Put ground rules and expectations in place and up front. This is an act of caring.
  • Use discussion boards to build community.

We explore this topic more fully in our upcoming book: The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching.

Sound Bites:

  • Parents are hiring, "Students for hire," to take college courses online for their son or daughter.
  • I have one student who spends 30 hours of work on her essays.
  • The online class environment can relieve anxiety for E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) students.
  • Online classes seem to attract folks who tend to motivate themselves.
  • When you are taking an online class, dress like you are going to an in person class.
  • We don't want merely teach like "Chalk and Talk" in a digital environment.
  • Make sure that there are opportunities to put in a little entertainment into your lectures.
  • Get involved with those discussion groups.
  • I am seeing people who are disconnecting from Facebook.
  • Think of your online class as an opportunity for personal connection.

Professors, who are often are seen by students as role models, are also models of adult thinking.

 

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Why Your Opinion Matters:

Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

Thank you!

Daniel & David

Direct download: pod_45.mp3
Category:Higher Education -- posted at: 5:00pm PST
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