The CAP virtual lecture series is the newest way for educators and students to tap into renowned scholars and experts in their field, with the convenience of watching lectures online whenever they want. The lectures are produced by the Consortium for the Advancement of Professional Communication (CAPC) and are free to watch. If you want to get your mind blown, or at least unload some of that information that’s been accumulating in your brain lately, this offer could be your key to liberation.
The virtual lectures are a “two-way” educational experience — they’ll inform you while they’re helping you. And so far, the lectures have proven quite popular with educators and students around the world. Perhaps you’re interested, or at the very least curious. So let’s take a look at some of the amazing experts being featured this quarter through the CAP Virtual Lecture Series.
1. The presentations are “live,” not pre-recorded.
Author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki wants you to know that he gives the lecture in front of a live audience once — and that’s it. There will not be other opportunities for viewing his lecture, so you’d better schedule some time for viewing on the scheduled day.
Ole Dyrnes, the coordinator of the Virtual Lecture Series, wanted to give educators and students a more personal experience with the presenters, rather than just another “pre-recorded” video by an expert in their field. The fact that each lecture is only presented once makes each one special; it’s a unique opportunity for insight from an expert in their field, as if they were right there teaching you.
2. Committed presenters have been known to conduct impromptu field trips.
During the CAP Virtual Lecture Series on “Design Learning,” David Harris of Lock Haven University conducted an impromptu field trip to a local restaurant. He used the opportunity to illustrate his point about experiential learning, or learning by doing. He took his students out for lunch and pointed out various aspects of the design that he found noteworthy. The part-time faculty member was able to capture his audience’s attention by leaving the studio and taking them along for his personal educational experience. Yes, that’s what we’re talking about! Presentations with this kind of creativity can really blow your mind!
3. Some presenters have their own unique style.
A professional speaker and trainer, Andrew Sobel will be presenting a Virtual Lecture on the topic “Communicating Science.” He describes himself as a “stickler” who’s determined to help you understand science so he brings donuts, hand-outs and candy bars with him to the lectures. It’s this kind of personal touch that makes the Virtual Lecture Series special. Lots of presenters have great information for educators and students, but as we all know, that doesn’t always translate into an enjoyable experience for listeners trying to absorb some information.
The Virtual Lecture Series helps to address this issue by providing a “live” experience that is both interactive and engaging. A presenter’s personality and sense of humor will help to engage listeners, which will make information easier to absorb. The CAP Virtual Lecture Series makes it possible for presenters like Andrew Sobel to be themselves, which in turn makes for a more enjoyable educational experience for everyone.
4. Some of the presenters hold passion for their subjects.
David Harris, an assistant professor of communications at Lock Haven University, will be presenting a lecture on what he calls “best practices” in the field of public relations and marketing. He brings his love and enthusiasm for this topic to his lectures, which really make these sessions come alive! Presentations with passion like this can’t help but make a difference. Passionate educators have the ability to encourage students to think outside their comfort zone by sharing ways of looking at things that may be different from what they consider “normal.”
5. Some presenters are well known for other areas of expertise.
Fellow CAP Virtual Lecture Series presenter, Guy Kawasaki is known for his work in technology, entrepreneurship and marketing. He’s a successful writer and consultant who has helped millions of people through his work with Apple. What makes this “presentation” different is that he’ll be presenting the topic of “Creativity.” A researcher in his area tells him that he’s the most creative professor she’s ever seen. When he hears this, Guy feels like a fraud because he wishes to be known as a technology expert and not as someone who is creative by nature.
6. Presenters have been known to have a little fun and loosen up the audience.
During one of his first Virtual Lecture presentations, Guy Kawasaki was asked by a member of the audience how he could be so sure that his audience would be awake and listening to him speak. He responded by poking fun at himself and loosening up the group — which was just what they needed! Later in the presentation, he asked if anyone had been watching Star Trek when someone in the background shouted “Live long and prosper!” The group had become more relaxed and comfortable with each other as they bonded over this little joke.Here are some facts that will blow your mind about this CAP VIrtual Lecture.