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Four of nine inaugural OHIO Communication Fellows visit campus June 10-13

Jun 18, 2018

WOUB Public Media Director Tom Hodson, center, discusses podcasting resources with Ohio University 2018-19 Communication Fellows on Monday, June 11, 2108. Also pictured, from left, are Celine Quinn, Megan McKee, Allison Ricket and Carly Neely. / Photo by Erin Roberts
 

Four of nine inaugural OHIO Communication Fellows visit campus June 10-13

By Erin Roberts
 
ATHENS, Ohio (June 18, 2018)—Four of the nine inaugural Ohio University Communication Fellows visited campus June 10-13 for the first of two residential learning experiences 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.
 
“We were excited to have the first half of this cohort on campus to meet each other and their faculty mentors and to learn about new media trends through a number of presentations from Scripps College of Communication faculty and staff,” said Dean Scott Titsworth. “It was exciting to hear from them about their innovative projects for their students, and we look forward to enriching those projects with mentorship from leading faculty as well as funding for both the classroom and for the fellows.”
 
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 first session were Megan McKee, of Eastern Local Schools in Beaver, Ohio; Carla Neely, of Anton Grdina School in Cleveland; Celine Quinn, of Princeton City Schools, in Cincinnati; and Allison Ricket, of Athens High School in The Plains, Ohio.
 
“The residential learning experience allowed me to look at the different avenues I could take when creating my project,” said Neely, who teaches fourth and fifth grade. “All of the professors and the teachers that I was grouped with were helpful and gave me ideas on how I can make the magazine project for my students even greater than what I originally imagined. … This experience has taught me how to think big when it comes to educating my students.”
 
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. Quinn, who teaches poetry and performance, said the experience was a springboard to creativity as she imagines a project that will enrich her students’ education.
 
“It was a pleasure to connect with other educators who are in the same arena of creativity in the classroom,” Quinn said. “The experience was an expresso infusion toward even more possibilities with the OHIO and Scripps faculty and staff presenters!”
 
Titsworth and the Scripps faculty team will meet the final five fellows on campus June 24-27. 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 will receive free tuition for a graduate-level online course, a $1500 stipend and $1000 classroom stipend. Fellows will 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 first residential learning experience, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/scrippsou/albums/72157696271506311.