Educational Psychology’s Lee Shumow to talk fostering student understanding through video

Lee Shumow
Lee Shumow

Video provides a unique opportunity for creating shared experiences for students to reflect upon and discuss in the classroom.

So says Lee Shumow, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the NIU College of Education’s Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations.

Shumow will present “Through the Lens of Experience: Using Video to Help Young Professionals Develop,” a Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar, at noon Tuesday, March 27, in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Refreshments will be served at 11:30 a.m. The seminar is open to all; no registration is required.

During the seminar, Shumow will discuss why and how she uses video in several of her courses to foster student understanding. She will introduce her teaching video projects, show several clips and invite the audience to respond.

The professor, who won the PTP in 2007, long has espoused video as a teaching tool. The book shelves in her office are full of DVDs of films that speak to teenagers.

She also is a collector of teen-produced videos on adolescence, which she enjoys for their contrasting – usually positive – views on those years.

“The class I teach is a class about their students,” Shumow said in a 2005 interview about her Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching award that spring. “If you want to teach something, you have to really know your student – their motivation, their peer interaction, how they learn. Practicing teachers will tell you this is the most important thing.”

A former public school teacher in Wisconsin, she began her career in higher education in 1981.

She also was a specialist teacher for high-risk children and their parents at the Waisman Center of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1995.

“Lee Shumow is one of NIU’s most prominent teachers, having won two of our major awards for her work in front of the classroom. She is also an accomplished researcher who dedicates her scholarship to improving the teaching and learning of adolescents in secondary schools,” NIU Vice Provost Anne Birberick said.

“Considering that most of the freshmen who arrive at our campus are still teenagers only a few months separated from high school, Lee’s presentation should offer keen insights concerning the adolescent mind and be of interest to all of our faculty.”

The March 27 presentation is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center. For more information, call (815) 753-0595 or email facdev@niu.edu.

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