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  • #16
    And you may have a secret stash of teachers aides, but we'll have an experienced teaching advisor in case anyone else wants to do something similar
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    • #17

      I'm putting in my vote for your chronicle as well (though it sounds like you've already decided to do it!)

      A few comments:

      If this is a "basic" course, I think that Elements is a good choice. It is affordable for many people even without a student discount, it should be easy for people with PS to follow along too, and with PS, you'd have to spend at least one class covering how to get around the product (assuming most of the class wouldn't have it since it's a basic class.)

      I will most likely require some basic computer knowledge. As long as they know how to use a mouse, and follow instructions, I think we'll be ok (famous last words, right?)

      Weeeelllllllll... I just took a PS class where I was one of the more advanced students in the class. I sat next to a person who was not as advanced. She had taken a semester-long PS class previously, but still became flustered when trying to follow the instructors very detailed (to my mind) instructions. (We all brought our own computers to the class and worked on them along with the instructor.) I learned towards the end of the class that there was at least one other student who also felt "panicked" when a technique involved more than a couple of steps. Since I already knew most of the info the instructor was covering, I was able to help the person sitting next to me and I made it a challenge to finish my work fast enough to help her catch up.

      All of that to say, don't assume all of the students will follow your instructions exactly. And I think Greg's idea of pairing more advanced students with less advanced students is a good one - as long as the more advanced students don't feel "used", which could happen as they will have paid to take the class as a student, not a teacher. It's a tough call.

      As far as a pre-test. I think it's a good idea so that you know what level your students are at, You can present it as a test which the students will take on the first day and on the last day (same test.) This will allow you to see what level the students are at the beginning, and allow the students to see how much they've learned throughout the class at the end. You might want to keep the first test until the very end of class, after they've taken the last test and then hand it back to them so they can see for themselves. If you don't hand it back until the end of class and don't give them a grade, then they shouldn't feel as though they've failed. I've had teachers do this before and I never felt that it was some sort of "judgement" - just a way for the instructor to better tailor the class to my needs.

      My lesson will be something like:
      "Let's start by double clicking on the Elements icon......."

      And make sure to wait until everyone actually has Elements up and running before continuing. I know you already know that, but you might want to make sure that the icon is at the same position on every screen in the room, or some students will be confused.

      Anyone want to suggest some fun ways to test for skill level?

      I would make it multiple choice - inifinitely easier than fill-in-the-blank. Go through your lesson plans and create a couple of questions from each that would indicate to you that the student has a grasp of the knowledge. Obviously, the less advanced students won't be able to answer many of them, so you'll want to include some basic computer skills questions as well. (Things that they should know and NEED to know in order for class to go smoothly for you. E.g., how to start an application, how to find a file, how to open an image, etc.)

      Hope this helps some. Good luck!


      • #18
        Hi Vikki,

        First I think you would make a great teacher - the preperation you are doing now is good. ( my college's idea of Photoshop classes was to sit you in front of a computer tell you how to save a file - in the wrong place! - and say go to the filter menu!! - needless to say no one learnt anything and I found the whole experience fustrating.) The fact that you are asking questions and putting together a course structure will make it a success.

        I had a thought on your test idea. Rather than you keeping the test papers let your students keep them - and review them together every week.

        Don't call it a test call it a progress report -

        Have all your sections on the paper
        Files and folders
        scanning and saving files
        retouching and restoration
        (these cover all your lessons)

        Next to these have however many lessons there are in boxes (8)

        Each lesson ask them to fill in the progress report, in the next box.

        This way a majority of your students will have a large amount of missed boxes in lesson one, but by lesson two they will have more ticks and by the end hopefully they will have a page full of ticks

        The fact that it is a progress report allows your students to beable to see what they have learnt means that each lesson they will go home feeling wow I achieved something tonight and I have the progress report to re-enforce it. Everyone enjoys completing something.

        On the back of the page or on a seperate page have just a blank bunch of lines with the tittle of something like 'additional information I have learnt' This is for your students to add what ever they have learnt above the information in the course structure - so its like a Plus list. ( this will mean if a student has a certain image with a certain problem that they have overcome they can add that there )

        Hope this helps
        Good Luck


        • #19
          Update: 11-5-02

          As I was completing the teacher's packet forms, it occured to me that I had better find out right away if the school had computers and software available for my class.
          I called the director with these specific questions. They do have computers (22) and Photoshop available. The director suggested we conduct the interview right away, and at that time, we could further discuss the course requirements. So, I have an interview tomorrow afternoon.
          This is what I will be taking to the interview:
          The required forms
          A course outline/timeline
          A class fee proposal
          A large portfolio of my work
          Printed versions of my online tutorials (perhaps this will give him an idea of my "style").
          Have I forgotten anything?

          The only obstacle to this whole thing is whether there will be an interest. Even though I believe there is, (8000+ visitors to my website) there isn't actually much one could do to prove it - on a local basis.

          Stay tuned for the interview outcome!


          • #20
            Good Luck with your interview.


            • #21
              Don't forget to mention your 1000+ teacher's assistants
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              • #22
                I missed this one somehow...

                From a teaching standpoint, I would like to keep the class small, so I would guess that 20 people would be the max. Tuition wise, I would like about 150 students.
                20 is a good number if you're on your own in a computer lab. Any more, and you'll end up losing many of your students (says he speaking from experience )

                Also, if you're wanting to take the course to the printing stage, make sure the lab has a decent printer.

                As far as testing computer skill level is concerned, the best is sitting them in front of a computer and asking them to type a passage into a word processor. If your passage is complex enough, you will get a good idea of their capabilities.

                Luck with the interview


                • #23
                  Hi Vikki,

                  Doesn't sound like you've forgotten anything, good luck on your interview!! I'll be very interested to hear how this all works out. I've done some computer tutoring and things like that and I've found that teaching can actually be a very interesting learning experience. you'll sometimes pick up things you wouldn't have thought of before, and it really reinforces what you've already learned. you really know that you understand a technique or whatever completely if you can teach it well to somebody else.

                  - David


                  • #24
                    The interview went great!!
                    The director was very enthusiastic. He is even considering putting my course on the cover of an upcoming brochure!
                    We discussed plans to have the local newspaper do a feature story, which he will arrange. This will help promote their programs, as well as mine.
                    My class will be added to the "Spring" (February) schedule.
                    He recommended 1 night a week, instead of two, as many people find it hard to get two free nights a week. Class minimum is 6, and maximum (because of computers) is 12.
                    There are a few other items to be worked out, but all in all it's a go.
                    Now, hopefully there is an interest in this area!
                    Stay tuned.....


                    • #25
                      Many Congrates

                      It sounds like all the hard work has paid off.

                      An advertisement will also help your business so you win all round - go get yourself a beer or wine to celebrate - you deserve it.



                      • #26
                        Sounds great Vikki! It's nice to see the director has enthusiasm...your presentation and hard work must have really paid off. 6-12 students sounds like a perfect number to me.


                        • #27
                          Congratulations Vikki. I knew it would be a positive meeting for you. Consider your first teaching job a learning experience, which it is sure to be.



                          • #28

                            This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you and for the college! Wow - nice to have the director so enthusiastic. That will really help with the advertising!

                            If the catalog has an "instructor bio" section, you might want to see if they will include your website. (Also in the newspaper ads.) That way, people will be able to visually see what the course description is talking about.



                            • #29
                              Thanks for all your continued support, it's great!

                              I just remembered something that might be worth noting.
                              Can you believe, I somehow managed to smear a line of coffee across my application! (Murphy's Law?)Nice first impression, huh? Luckily, the director didn't spend more than 60 seconds looking at it. He focused his attention on the course outline I had prepared.
                              He said that 95% of the instructors he interviews, don't have any plans or even ideas about how they will teach the class. He said he was impressed that I was organized and had everything planned out. (which probably makes his job much easier).
                              We restorers must be a different breed. Everyone here discussed a course plan, right away!


                              • #30

                                This is my first post here, I guess it had to happen sooner or later. I'm presently in a photoshop photo restoration course at my local junior college. They generally have two classes per semester and both classes are full at the start with 35 seats. Pre req were a photoshop beginners cource and also a intermediate course. Check out computer & informational sciences section there are course outlines and descriptions there. One instructor there boasted that the "JC" has the largest assortment of adobe training classes in the country.

                                Good Luck!
                                Craig Carlson


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