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The Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is both an annual event and a year-round online discussion of ways that faculty and staff are using technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research.

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Saturday, March 21 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Invigorate Students’ Interpersonal Communication and Presentation Skills with InterviewStream

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Today’s students communicate, almost exclusively, through technology. Fast and furiously, they text, email, and use social media to express themselves. Happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, it is all shared with no interpersonal connection. As a result, students struggle with real-world, one-on-one, face-to-face interactions because they are not developing meaningful interpersonal communication skills. During the workshop, participants will learn to integrate technology and interpersonal communication strategy in a meaningful way.

InterviewStream is an interactive, online program purchased by Penn State as an enhancement tool for Career Services. It allows students to behave and answer questions in an online "mock interview" for assessment purposes. The beauty is that the manager of the interview designs the format, questions, time allowance, and assessment criteria for each answer. Because not all students take advantage of Career Services, and because today’s students are competing for internships earlier and earlier, Penn State Lehigh Valley is bringing InterviewStream into CAS 100A classes. Students do an early semester interview, study interview strategy, then complete a late semester interview. Results, to date, have been assessed and we see a dramatic difference in the pre- and post-interviews. Additionally, students have completed surveys that indicate a positive response to the activity.

The applications for this program are far from limited to just Career Services or CAS 100A. It can help enhance overall presentation skills, marketing proposals, debate platforms, etc.

Our goal is to acquaint attendees with InterviewStream, demonstrate its applications, and give tips for its use in classes.

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Eileen Grodziak

Instructional Design Specialist, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Saturday March 21, 2015 10:00am - 10:45am
Room 218

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