Teaching Summer Immersion

November 17, 2009-  This months session was Teaching Summer Immersion with presentations from Rick Thompson, Dean of School of Math and Science, Claudia Lingertat-Putnam, Department of Educational Psychology, and Carrie Hulligan from the Department of English. 

          Rick Thompson began the discussion by talking about a class he taught at McMurry University on how to become an astronomer in three weeks. Thompson talked about the “mayterm” courses that were provided to students. These classes were “outside the box” type of courses which created an opportunity for courses to involve travel and field work. Thompson continued by talking about the outline of the course which includes basic observational astronomy topics, computer software, instrumentation, and details of running an observatory. Thompson also talked about the difficulties faced due to this immersion course such as travel expenses, weather, range of backgrounds and abilities of the students, and lack of support. Finally, Thompson discussed the benefits this program has on students. 

          Next, Carrie Hulligan, an instructor from the English department, talked about her unique experience teaching therapeutic writing and literature during summer 2008 and 2009 online. Many of the challenges Hulligan faced was condensing information into a six week program without compromising the integrity of the class, as well as trying to get students involved and motivated online. One way to do so, Hulligan separated assignments into low and high stake assignments on blackboard, including a mini bio in order to create the dynamic seen in the traditional classroom. Overall, Hulligan’s main objective was to create a tone thats inspiring for students. 

          Finally, Claudia Lingertat-Putnam who teaches in the counseling department, talked about her experience teaching a hybrid course usually taught as a graduate course. Lingertat-Putnam saw the immersion format as an opportunity for something different with the intense material covered in the class and skill building. Challenges faced begun with the way summer immersion is marketed, because the class is offered during the summer Lingertat-Putnam found it difficult to get students serious and committed to the three week course. At the end of the presentation, Lingertat-Putnam talked about the syllabus for CSL 597: Counseling Bereaved Children, course outline, and assignments students are involved in during this program. 

Below you will find the materials each presenter shared during the session. To hear this session, as well as past Provision sessions, please visit the “Session Podcast” link.

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