Communication Students Engage With TED Talks

A Message from Stacey Johnson, President, East and Winter Park Campuses

East Campus Speech students were challenged to engage in TED Talks recently when Professor of Speech Kim Long and Professor of Reading Jane Maguire organized the event for their honors speech classes. Kim’s students spent several weeks in classroom group collaboration and developed a list of TED Talk speeches that were relevant for any age group. Some of the topics included social media, self-love, entrepreneurship, education and stereotyping.

Jane contacted Professor of Digital Media Rob McCaffrey to inquire if his film class could help with the setup and filming of the TED Talks. On Friday, November 30, 2018, Rob’s film class organized the set to resemble a true TED Talk stage, and in front of an audience of 45 honors students, the TED Talk presentations began.

The presentations touched on current issues in our society, and, after each presentation, a discussion followed in which audience members voiced their opinions regarding the topics.

“The process of presenting a TED Talk was very challenging academically,” said student Madelyn Torres. “It pushed me to improve my presenting skills and ability to connect with my audience. At the beginning of the semester, this was definitely something I didn’t think I could do. I now feel a sense of accomplishment from it.”

In addition, student Monica Bee shared, “The TED Talk presentations taught me the importance of reliability, patience and communication. This was a lesson in personal growth that I will never forget.”

A huge thanks to Kim, who coordinated the event, Jane, who supported the idea, and to Student Development for providing refreshments.

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