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

This podcast offers 4 tips for parents of soon-to-be first time college students from Professors (and parents of college students), Daniel de Roulet and David C. Pecoraro.

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This podcast is for all students who will be going to college for the first time. Most of your education, especially the last four years—has been pointing to this moment.  But now what?  What should you expect from going to or going away to college in the fall, and what can you do this summer to get ready? Listen for 10 ACTION STEPS STUDENTS CAN DO DURING THE SUMMER BEFORE YOU GO TO COLLEGE.

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DAVID:  Welcome.  I’m David AND I’m Daniel AND This is a podcast for: Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education. Our mission is to champion “Student Caring” as a way of addressing the challenges in higher education today.

This is our 17th Podcast!

This Episode it titled: THE COMMENCEMENT FROM HELL!
THE COMMENCEMENT FROM HEAVEN!

In our last episode we explored the expectations and challenges of a commencement ceremony from the perspectives of each group of participants: students, attendees, organizers participants, and faculty.
In this episode, we’ll take you through a sequence of activities which often occur for a commencement ceremony and what can make them HEAVEN or HELL.

DANIEL
LONG RANGE COMMENCEMENT PLANNING
- This is usually the responsibility of an individual who chairs a committee.

  • The importance of selecting a date.
    • Way in advance (Minimum of 18 months)
    • Do not change the date.
    • DAVID: I recently heard of a college who give a “T” shirt to all incoming freshman on their first day which has their commencement date and time on it.

- The involvement of the Registrar’s office is essential.

DAVID:
PLANNING DURING THE 9 MONTHS BEFORE THE CEREMONY

  • Secure the venue or venues.
    • Your decision about the interior or exterior is a crucial one. Be sure to take into consideration:
      • If outdoors, what you will do in the event of inclement weather.
      • The time of day when the event will begin and the position of the sun in relationship to the stage or attendees. (I’ve seen this decision result in misery for all attendees, in the form of about 4,000 sun-burnt people.)
      • Identifying the number of graduates and attendees is essential.
  • Chair monthly, then weekly meetings to review and prepare all areas.

 

DANIEL:

SELECTION OF KEYNOTE AND STUDENT SPEAKERS
- Decisions about who will speak at your ceremony can easily make it HEAVEN OR HELL. How many of these have you attended, or heard about where the speaker was terrible?

  • DAVID:  I have attended too many where the keynote speaker ruined the day and made it HELL. Let me tell you a story about the politician…
  • Make sure they have an opportunity to speak with each other about what they plan to talk about. During the ceremony is not the time when you want them to make an awkward discovery that they are speaking about the same or opposing topics.

PRE COMMENCEMENT PLANNING In general, I recommend that you, with the entire planning committee, “Go to your event, in real time – in your minds” and visualize all aspects well in advance. I doing this,m you will discover many details that you need to take care of. The key to any successful live event lies in what you do before the day of the event.
- Contract all vendors – from staging to restrooms.

  • A printed program for in person attendees.
  • A digital program for those viewing via the Internet.

THE COMMENCEMENT REHEARSAL
The venue must be set-up and have all essential areas tested and ready to go at least 2 days before. The essential areas may include:
- Staging, which is safe and handicapped accessible.

  • Lighting, in necessary for viewing or for the television cameras.
  • A professional audio system.
  • Video
  • Photography
  • Security
  • First Aid
  • Concessions
  • Restrooms
  • Traffic and parking control.

ELEMENTS OF THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY – THE BIG DAY
- Ticketing

  • Security / Extra Security / Traffic Control
  • Directions / Parking / Location of the Ceremony on Campus
  • Locations for: Graduates / Platform Guests / Attendees
  • Admission to the ceremony / Ticketing / Program Distribution
  • Start on time. (Live and Internet audiences.)
  • A word about the music – it must be good.

The Procession
- Platform dignitaries enter

  • Faculty enter
  • Students enter (Pomp and Circumstance)
  • Welcome
    • Water and restrooms
    • Handicap access
    • Taking of photographs (Must be instructed)
    • Emergency Exits / First Aid / Lost and Found

 

  • Student speaker introduction / Student speaker
  • Keynote speaker introduction / Keynote speaker
    • Focus on the students
    • Short and meaningful
    • We hope for moments of humanness and appropriate humor.
    • Speaker – Rick Warren story.
    • The politician who would not stop talking
    • The speaker who spoke all about themselves.
  • Reading of the names.

Things students may do:

  • Firecracker
  • Tortilla throw
  • Students give gifts to the president
  • As they are walking across the stage – cartwheels.
  • Length of the ceremony
  • This is NOT the time to welcome them into the alumni association.

 

POST EVENT MEETING
- This is crucial, weather or not there were problems, the committee needs to meet to review what went well and what cold have gone better.

  • If available, watch the video of the ceremony to refresh everyone’s memory.
  • Detailed notes should be taken, then reviewed at the first meeting for the following year.

 

The importance of the faculty after the ceremony to be available for meet and greet and photo’s.

Well, thank you very much for listening to this episode and sincerely hope that we have provided you with some helpful information.

 

DANIEL
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Heaven or Hell - it’s really up to you.

THE COMMENCEMENT FROM HELL!
THE COMMENCEMENT FROM HEAVEN!

Student Caring - Podcast No. 16
Outline:
DAVID: Welcome.  I’m David AND I’m Daniel. AND This is a podcast for: Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education. Our mission is to champion “Student Caring” as a way of addressing the challenges in higher education today.

 DANIEL: Can you believe it?  This is our 16th Podcast! We want to talk to you about a very important day which occurs regularly in Higher Education - COMMENCEMENT.
This Episode it titled: THE COMMENCEMENT FROM HELL! THE COMMENCEMENT FROM HEAVEN!

 DAVID: But first - Student Caring NEWS  Thank you to all the people who came by our table at the WASC / ARC - Western Association of Schools and Colleges- Accrediting --  Academic Resource Conference in Costa Mesa, California on April 19. It was so very to good to meet so many of you and talk about your interest in  The Student Caring Project. Many people in attendance were interested in inviting us to speak - if YOU are interested - we are currently booking for the 2012 - 2013 Academic Year - Please send an email with the dates you have in mind to:  info@studentcaring.com

Thank you to Rosa Ray from COLLEGE COURSES . COM - who listened to our podcast on HOW TO CHEAT IN COLLEGE - AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT - and was inspired to create an INFO-GRAPHIC based on the information.  -  You can find a link to this excellent resource in the blog post for this episode. - If you teach - you might want to post it in your room or in your syllabus.

LINK:  http://www.studentcaring.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/How-Students-Cheat-800.png

 DANIEL: Next we would like to thank listener Melody Prado for leaving a Student Caring story on the care - phone number. 1 -(855) 639-9292 - Please listen to this story - - -  The Professor - The Student and WISDOM TEETH - ECTOMY.

 DANIEL and DAVID: Reactions to the student caring story.

Informational link for Melody Prado:  http://www.davidpecoraro.com/students/?p=207

 DAVID:  Opening statement. Commencement - Heaven or Hell - it’s really up to you. This ceremony will create memories, good or bad, which will last a lifetime for thousands of graduates, attendees, and participants - - you have to this right.

DANIEL: First we are going to talk about the expectations and challenges of a commencement ceremony.

 

STUDENTS
Expectations

  • This will be a happy day.
  • I will feel relief having completed this significant goal.
  • The ceremony will be organized and I won’t be confused about what to do.

Challenges

  • This will be a happy day - it isn’t always, many factors, both personal and professional may contribute to this.I
    • My parents, family, friends may not be able to - or want to attend. Maybe someone passed away who was looking forward to this day for you.
    • Now What? I have been in a fairly protected environment, now my life is changing and I don’t know what to do.
  • Now I will have to find a job.
  • Now, I am off to graduate school and more education.
  • Do I really have to sit through the whole ceremony just to hear my name called and receive an I.O.U. for my real diploma?

Related activities often include:

  • The burning of textbooks!
  • Moving out of a dorm, or moving to another city.
  • The loss of day t day personal contact with friends and the college environment.

DAVID:
ATTENDEES: PARENTS / FAMILY / FRIENDS

Expectations

  • They will be able to see the person they came to support receive their degree, hear their name called, and be able to take pictures.
  • They will hear the traditional music, “Pomp and Circumstance.”
  • It will be a happy day and I will feel PROUD!
  • This will be an emotional day.

Challenges

  • They might not be able to attend - or they may not be able to obtain admission due to a limited number of tickets.
  • The expense of traveling to the ceremony may be a strain.
  • Parking, walking and getting a good seat can be stressful.
  • The sound system may be inadequate.
  • The person reading off the names may pronounce it incorrectly.
  • YOUR graduate may be coming back home or moving away.

Related activities often include:
- Photo’s at the event.

  • Gift giving.
  • A special meal or party before or after.
  • The gift of a trip to celebrate.

DANIEL:
ORGANIZERS / ADMINISTRATION

Expectations
- All will go according to our plan.

  • The persons responsible for running the ceremony will do a good job.
  • It will be a happy day for the students and their families.
  • Now, I will have time to focus on areas of responsibility which I don’t have time to do when classes are in session.

Challenges

  • Worry about security.
  • Worry about.
  • Worry about bad weather.
  • Worry about the unknown.

Related activities often include:

  • Posing for photographers.
  • Meeting with the press.
  • End of the academic year luncheons.

DAVID:
PARTICIPANTS / Speakers / Academic Officials

Expectations

  • I won’t have to worry and will be taken care of by the organizers.
  • The stage will be safe and the sound system will operate properly.

Challenges

  • “There is so much that could go wrong!” - Worry!
  • “What if I trip and fall?”
  • “What if the sound system is bad?”
  • “What if I get bood?”
  • “What if they don’t like me and throw stuff?”
  • “What if I am nervous and forget what I am supposed to say?”
  • “What if the script that I have been given to follow is wrong?”

Related activities often include:
- Pictures before and after.

DANIEL:
FACULTY
Expectations

  • This will be a time of happiness and relaxation
  • The event will be organized and start on time.
  • I will be told what to do so I don’t have to think that day.
    • For New Faculty
      • “This is cool!” “I feel special in my academic robes.”
      • I will feel edified - “This is why I went into teaching in the first place.”
      • I will feel like I accomplished something.
    • For Experienced Faculty
      • I will feel some relief - a  short break

Challenges

  • Even though the student are graduating and I get a break from teaching, I have the pressures of getting all the finals graded and turned in on time.
    • New Faculty
      • What am I supposed to do?
      • What will I experience as a result of this ceremony?
    • Experienced Faculty
      • The loss of working with students whom you care for.
      • A negative attitude: “We are only set-dressing - icing on the cake.” “We really don’t do anything other than walk in sit down - watch - and parade out at the end.” “There’s nothing for me to do.” “How am I going to survive the next 3 hours?”
        • Survival techniques that we have witnessed:
          • The reading of a book - carefully placed inside of the commencement program.
          • The marriage game.
          • Casting faculty members in a Shakespeare play.
          • The “Faculty Bingo Game!”


Related activities often include:

  • A department dinner / awards ceremony for the majors in my department.
  • Student evaluations.
  • Faculty / Course evaluations.
  • Program assessment paperwork.

Well, thank you very much for listening to this episode and sincerely hope that we have provided you with some helpful information.

DANIEL
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David: david@studentcaring.com

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How To Cheat In College & What to do About It

PODCAST OUTLINE
I’m David AND I’m Daniel.
This is a podcast for: Students, Professors, Parents, and all of higher education. Our mission is to champion “Student Caring” as a way of addressing the challenges in higher education today.

DANIEL
Today, for PODCAST #15 ---------   HOW TO CHEAT - AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

DAVID
NEWS:  Thank you to listener Rick Willems who currently working on my Masters in psychology, for your feedback about our “Career Directions and Your Daily Bread” Podcast.  / Student Caring On The Big Screen? - Yes!  Read all about at studentcaring.com
I ASKED ON FACEBOOK
Have you seen a student cheat on a test? How? Cheat while writing a paper? How. Please share - we are collection information.

FORMER STUDENT:   This feels like a trap.

FORMER STUDENT:Well in my good ol' cheating days I would record my answers onto my iphone and put it in my pocket with my earphones hidden- I’ve also written equations onto my calculator in lead so it doesn't show up until you reflect it off light. Sometimes i'll write answers on my arms or legs and pretend I have an itch to check them. before class i will also get there early and write answers on my desk and cover them with my arm until I need them. These are my secrets I'm giving to you David for I no longer need them- use them well

Miranda Gorman: Sometimes wonder if those who cheat really come out ahead in life?

Janet Arbuckle:  I'm with Miranda, but I'm also in support of the teachers who want to protect from cheating. Sorry, no specific stories to tell.

FORMER STUDENT:   I never cheated, I also never studied. Hence, my grades in college

At A FAMILY GATHERING COMPRISED OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS & SEVERAL PROFESSORS - I ASKED THE SAME QUESTION:

(I AM FASCINATED BY PEOPLE’S WILLINGNESS TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ME)
UCI computer engineering: tapping simple morse code with class ring. (2/3 of exam was Morse Code, so it worked until they got caught.)

"Professors just just set up their desks and I don't have a clue why what's going on."

"Sticky note on the back of the calculator or photograph of notes everything is view on the phone."

"We just look up papers online and use somebody else's."

"It’s not called cheating.  Just using your resources."

"Students don't know how to cite.  If they pull from multiple sources they think it's not cheating."

"Someone else writes the paper. Often a girl friend."

"Wear a hoodie with an iPod, listen to the answers."

"Pre program answers into a calculator."

"There is real  vs fake  ignorance."

"I write answers  in between my fingers or on my shoes."

"I use white quote marks - surrounding the entire purchased paper for turnitin.com --  it doesn't catch that I purchased the paper."

"Submit a bad file to get out of turning a paper in on time. Shows to the Professor as a “Bad file” - It buys you more time to turn it in.

"Put chapstick on a SCANTRON. All answers come out correct.”

"Place notes in a jacket sleeve."

"Mirrors on the top of my shoes. Answers under the desk."

"Create sources which don't exist."

"I watch people teach all the time."

"Answers are placed just under the hem of a skirt."

"Most of the time nobody gets caught."

"Have a scantron already made out from a previous class who took the same test."

"I place a paper under test and look at at."

"Get there early and write the answers on desk."

"Answers on the floor in the text book."

"Answers on sandals - under my foot.

"I ask the person next to me."

"Professors need to pay attention when someone turns in their paper to you, that's when students cheat."

"Answers are placed in side of doodles."

"Wear a jacket - place the empty arm on the desk - answers are on your arm - inside the jacket."

"Answers under the bill of a hat.

From our online community:
Colin Fredericks - I've seen some people take advantage of the fact that sitting in banked lecture halls gives you a great view on the diagonal. I've had students (both my own and friend's) cut-and-paste from scientific journals and papers. Hell, I had someone cut-and-paste from Wikipedia and not even take out the [1] footnotes. I've had students who copied someone else's scantron sheet, not realizing that every single person in the 150-seat class had an individually randomized exam.

This is not restricted to my teaching days. I had classmates in graduate school who used the Chinese version of the textbook, which had the answers to the homework. (They failed the tests hard, having never done the work to learn.)

A graduate student at my old college cheated on his qualifying exams by hiding books in a bathroom stall, and the college was too cowardly to kick him out. Later he plagiarized his masters thesis and finally got kicked out. He'll never work in physics again.

But just type "buy a paper" or "write papers for money" into Google and page through the results. Or check out this article: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/shopping/2001/12/adventures_in_cheating.single.html

and this one http://www.salon.com/2010/07/26/write_college_essays_for_cash/

YouTube - How To Cheat
How To Cheat On Any Test - Links (Millions of views)

DANIEL:
Our recent podcast details a number of amazing ways students have developed to cheat on exams and essays, suggesting that cheating is happening much more (and in more sophisticated ways) than we would like to admit.

What should we, as educators who care for our students' futures, do about this?

1. The Preemptive Presentation:
On the first day of class, while discussing the syllabus, share with your students what you now know about cheating. Show them a website, talk about different techniques, and talk to them about your need to take this seriously because academic dishonesty robs them of an education.  Remind them of your knowledge, you policies and the consequences of cheating before exams and before essays are due.

2.  Have a Plan
Be active during tests, circulating through the class (or assigning a T.A. to circulate through a larger lecture), and have policies established about not allowing students to leave during the class, not allowing phones, etc.

3.  Know Your Policies
Know your college's policies on academic dishonesty and abide by them--don't over-punish students and try not to under-punish them as well.  Report instances of plagiarism or other dishonesty per your policies.  If you don't report a case, a student may continue to act dishonestly in other classes and have a further incident be treated as a first offense.

4.  Understand, Build Relationships, and Care
Understand that some students cooly choose to cheat, while others panic.  Try to have a conversation on the substance of what has happened and what cheating does to people, rather than focusing on just the grade implications.  If the student is open to it, give them some advice on studying / preparing / essay writing.

DAVID
Well, thank you very much for listening to this episode and sincerely hope that we have provided you with some helpful information.

DANIEL
We welcome your feedback to this podcast and our work:

YOU CAN
Go to iTunes and write a review.
Or simply, in iTunes, click on STAR to rate us. - we would really appreciate that!

Email us! Daniel: daniel@studentcaring.com

David: david@studentcaring.com

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You May:
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Email us! Daniel: daniel@studentcaring.com
David: david@studentcaring.com
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This episode was recorded on: Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Until next time:  Keep Caring!

 

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How to Identify and Fix a Bad Class

What Happens When a Class Goes Bad?

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PODCAST OUTLINE
Difficulty of materiel?
Does class seem well organized / well planned?
Inconsistency with the syllabus and assignments.
Is the class what you expected it to be?

DAVID
Questions to ask yourself?
Am I revising / deviating from the syllabus?
Am I revising / deviating from students exceptions?
How do I feel about going to class?
Are there one or more students who are showing their discontent?
Respond to positive feedback and students will notice.

DANIEL
DON’T fall into a retaliation mode.
Inform your department chair about the situation and ask for advise.  - Avoid surprises. - Be pro-active. - Ask a trusted colleague for advice.

DAVID
Before walking into the classroom - re discover you “Self Confident” Mode.
“CHEERFUL EXPECTANCY” are good words to keep in mind.
Review your resume and prior EXCELLENT course evaluations.
If you have teaching for awhile, look at where previous successful students are now today

DANIEL
Use a little humor to lighten the atmosphere.
Find an acceptable way to lighten their load without sacrificing quality of instruction.
Don’t give up.

We welcome your feedback to this podcast and our work:

You May:
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David: david@studentcaring.com
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Until next time:  Keep Caring!

 

 

The Student Caring Project / Podcast No. 14
What Happens When A Class Goes Bad / Part Three
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How to Identify and Fix a Bad Class

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PODCAST OUTLINE

What can a professor do in this situation?
DON’T GIVE UP - a course can be turned around.
What can happen when these symptoms occur?
- Students can complain to the professor
- Or, more commonly, they go over their head
- Parents complain to the administration
- Students become disruptive in class

All of this, unfortunately results in, “Students are not learning”

Some of these FEELINGS might be experienced:
For the students
Frustrated /  angry  /  overwhelmed /  inadequate / apathetic / passive-aggressive

For the professor
Frustration / worry / concern / helpless / defensive

For the administration
Frustrated / Concerned / wary / increased workload - aka - fire fighting

DON’T GIVE UP - a course can be turned around.

When you address the problem is important.
- Don’t assume that you know what the problem is.
- Conduct an anonymous - in-class survey.

Midterm Evaluation (pdf)

Upcoming Conference:
WASC Academic Resource Conference 2012
We welcome your feedback to this podcast and our work:
You May:
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Until next time:  Keep Caring!

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Category:Higher Education -- posted at: 4:04pm PDT
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How to Identify and Fix a Bad Class

What Happens When a Class Goes Bad?


PODCAST OUTLINE
What do you do with a dead class?
What do you do when a class isn’t working?
This is not for the faint of heart.
It is our hope that this information will prevent the Professor from receiving poor course evaluations - or worse.
OR - taking away from the quality of learning.

For our student listeners, we hope that information will give you some insights into some of the challenges your professors may be dealing with.

A moment of truth, albeit - too late, is when you open the sealed envelope containing your course evaluations - often, months after the course has ended

HERE’S A LIST OF SITUATIONS WHICH MIGHT CONTRIBUTE TO A CLASS GOING BAD - BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF INSTRUCTION:

- At the last minute, a professor is unable to teach a course and you take over.
- The professor who taught these students prior to your arrival taught very differently. This situation is very common, someone leaves a university and takes a different job, retires, or passes away. - The current student population, and the new Prof. are forced into a transitionary situation -sometimes overnight.
- When the professor designed the course, they deviated from the course description, which the students read when they registered for the course.
- The professor was just hired shortly before the class began did not have adequate time to design the course.
- The professor did not take the time “get to know who their students are” when they designed the course.
- The professor does not know how to design a course.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS WHEN A CLASS IS NOT WORKING?
Some symptoms might be:
- Students are not engaged.
- Students drop early in the semester
- A student or students tell the Prof. the class is not working.
- Attendance problems.
- Lack of participation.
- Lack of community atmosphere in the class.
- Students not doing well with the materiel.
- Obvious lack of professor respect.
- Professor’s attitude toward the class changes.

WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN THESE OCCUR?
- Students can complain to the professor

In our next podcast, we will continue with this topic and discuss solutions.
Well, thank you very much for listening to this episode and sincerely hope that we have provided you with some helpful information.

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David is interviewed by Daniel about a course that he teaches designed to help student make the transition from college to career.

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SC 10 Rebuilding the Bridge: Responding to Change in the Higher Education Landscape

From Waikiki, Daniel reads his paper to the atendees: Rebuilding the Bridge: Responding to Change in the Higher Education Landscape.

The audio quality will sound a little different than what you are are accustomed to from us because we used microphones which pick up the entire conference room.

The setting is a conference room at the Hilton - Waikiki Beach.

Just outside of the room is a swimming pool - in case you wonder about the background noise.

This was recorded during an afternoon session on January 5, 2012. 

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