JEM Assistant Professor Nick Geidner’s March 9, 2017 UT Mic/Nite presentation, “Working with community partners to create beneficial experiential-learning opportunities,” focused on how to incorporate more experiential learning into the curriculum. A video of Geidner’s presentation is available at: https://utworks.tennessee.edu/micnite/Pages/results.aspx?sp=136#.
Geidner has been integrating experiential learning into his classes for many years by engaging community partners such as government agencies, non-profit organizations and media companies into his students’ assignments. This approach allows his students to create meaningful pieces that simulate real-world projects and which often have an immediate impact on nearby communities.
Geidner’s presentation outlined the practical concerns, benefits, and takeaways of working with community partners to create courses and class projects. Several of the student projects led by Geidner are featured at www.landgrantfilms.org.
Twice a year the Office of the Provost hosts Mic/Nite. The Pecha-Kucha format is a simple lecture format where presenters show and discuss 20 images for 20 seconds each. The objective is to communicate in a simple, quick format the research, creative and pedagogical work being done by UT faculty to foster a deeper appreciation for that work and to build connections for greater intellectual interaction.
The event draws a large crowd to the Relix Variety Theatre in Knoxville and generates excitement and discussion among faculty and staff across campus. Past CCI Mic/Nite presenters include: Suzie Allard (IS), Eric Haley (ADPR), Mark Harmon (JEM), Barb Kaye (JEM), Virginia Kupritz (CS), Michael Palenchar (ADPR), Vandana Singh (IS), Peiling Wang (IS), Courtney Wright (CS) Beth Avery Foster (ADPR) and Laura Miller (CS).