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Final five OHIO Communication Fellows explore new media during campus residency June 24-27

Jul 2, 2018

J.W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems Director Hans Kruse, rear center, speaks with 2018-19 OHIO Communication Fellows on the basics of coding and scripting on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. / Photo by Erin Roberts
 

Final five OHIO Communication Fellows explore new media during campus residency June 24-27

 

By Erin Roberts
 
ATHENS, Ohio (July 2, 2018)—The remaining five of nine inaugural Ohio University Communication Fellows visited campus June 24-27 for a residential learning experience as part of a new Scripps College of Communication program that focuses on curriculum development in communication in grades PK-12 through awarding fellowships to teachers in the state of Ohio.
 
“Now that we have been able to spend time with all nine of the Communication Fellows in this first cohort, I feel confident in our ability to help them to better communication curriculum in their classrooms this coming academic year,” said Dean Scott Titsworth. “Their projects range from new initiatives like podcasting and newspaper creation to bettering existing projects like the Jumbotron productions for Jackson High School. We’re happy to help these innovative teachers to bring new topics, tools and applications to their students.”
 
The Communication Fellows program was announced in December 2017 for innovative educators who want to infuse communication topics into their classrooms. The program was established as part of the college’s 50th anniversary celebration in April 2018.
 
Among those who attended the second session were Ashley Aldrich, of Jackson High School; Chris McVay, of Ridgewood Local Schools; Megan Nurge, of Alliance Academy of Cincinnati; Theresa Poulos, of John Glenn High School; and Lisa Walker, also of Jackson High School.
 
“I was so impressed by all the faculty, staff, and students who were so eager to share their work and to help us to understand the changes in communication and media,” said Poulos, of the experience. “It was sometimes overwhelming to see how much the world of information and information sharing is changing and has changed, but what a benefit to me and my students for me to have such an insider’s view. 
 
Topics covered during the experience included podcasting and blogging, Adobe Creative Cloud software, learning through immersive media, teaching video, basic infographics and coding and scripting.
 
Walker, who has already benefitted from her mentor’s advice in using some of the more complicated equipment at her school, says the residential experience netted new information and a resolve to better her project.
 
“Everything was very well organized and thought out,” she said. “I enjoyed all of the sessions and came home with so much information.”
 
Titsworth and the Scripps faculty team met the first four fellows on campus June 10-13. He said the idea behind the program is “to foster communication education among the state’s youth.”
 
“We hope this program will increase our impact on the state by bolstering the communication expertise of some of the state’s K-12 teachers and enriching the education of their students,” he said.
 
In addition to the residential experience, fellows receive free tuition for a graduate-level online course, a $1500 stipend and $1000 classroom stipend. Fellows also work with college faculty mentors and college leadership to achieve their project proposals.
 
For more information about the Communication Fellows Program, visit https://www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege/PK12Fellows.cfm. To view an album of photos from the second residential learning experience, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/scrippsou/albums/72157692679701990.