Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Insighting Connections

Good Afternoon!

As I am working with Global Citizenship and Career Capstone students right now, I am in the trenches with Insights and loving every minute of it.  But, as I am helping my Capstone students put the finishing touches on some of the work I'm realizing many have "forgotten" about their Insights work they completed earlier on in their academic careers.  I'm seeing the light bulbs flicker for them in their responses of "great idea, I never thought of using that information in an interview!" or "that is the exact sentence I needed for my cover letter."

Because of this, and since we are rounding the corner and getting closer to the last stretch of the quarter, I thought now would be a great time to send out a reminder of looking at the courses we teach and stepping back for a moment to ask ourselves as instructors "how can I connect this direct course material to the big picture of their education?"  My answer for you, Insights is a great first step!  Simply posing a question in a discussion board, as a topic or even as a single thread, such as:  "How might you gain greater understanding about this strategy at work in the real world by examining it from what you have learned about the four different color energies from your Insights profile?" could help make connections between courses and concepts that otherwise might get missed.  It could work beautifully when talking about organizational leadership, conflict, structure, client communications, and the list goes on.

I challenge you to make the Insights Connection in your class!

Heather Thomton-Stockman
Online Instructional Specialist

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