Teaching like a late-night talk show host? Great article from Faculty Focus

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This article from Faculty Focus entitled "How Conducting a Mixed-mode Class is Similar to Hosting a Late-night Talk Show" is a worthwhile read for those teaching online, mixed-mode, or even fully face-to-face.   I was reminded of Spring 2020 when we all had to quickly pivot to online as universities sent students home during early COVID days.  I had a class of over 180 students and had several guest lecturers in applicable practice areas of nutrition scheduled for the second half of the semester (cardiologist, nurse midwife, disordered eating therapist, etc.).  After learning nutrition fundamentals earlier in the semester this gave students (many future health care providers) exposure to the role nutrition plays in the guest lecturer's field and practice.   I didn't want to forfeit these opportunities and yet hesitated to ask these busy practitioners to record a lecture or VOPPTX - so, I decided to record Zoom interviews where I served as the host and guided a discussion that aligned with what would have been addressed in a lecture.  I sent them a few questions ahead of time, but also left time for natural flow of conversation.   I limited these to about 15-20 minutes.   Students loved this approach!   I noted on analytics that they watched more of these type videos than they did of narrated PPTX or lectures.   This approach would work well in face-to-face as could have guest join in remotely and have class share in host role as interview is projected on a screen.   


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Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for Learn25.com (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.