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Student Spotlight: Symphony Webb, Prairie View A&M University

Getting to Know Prairie View A&M Student Symphony Webb

Student spotlight stories are our favorite posts to share. It gives us the opportunity to learn more about our students and the various experiences and skills that they have. For this post, we connected with Symphony Webb, a communications major at Prairie View A&M University.

Communications students work on a variety of different projects during their educational journey. Some of these projects call for many types of audio, written, and visual artifacts and also require particular skill sets. When we saw Symphony’s profile, we thought she did a great job including the appropriate artifacts and documenting her contributions to each of her works.

Aside from all of the great work she is doing in the classroom, Symphony is also very active in her community. She started her own blog as well as a YouTube channel to offer fashion and makeup advice. With Seelio, Symphony was easily able document all of these experiences and skills in one place where she can showcase all of the great work she is doing to potential employers.

We had a chance to talk to Symphony about her experience and advice for other students. See what she had to say:

How A Large Lecture Course of Over 200 Students Built a Community of Collaboration and Inspiration on Seelio

Media and the Creative Process 1020 Collage

Student Advice on Getting the Most Out of Your Large Lecture Course

Have you ever taken a class that was unlike any other? One that challenged you to get out of your comfort zone and make things in addition to learning about them?

Have you ever wished you could see what your classmates are up to to find inspiration or people that can work on exciting projects with you?

We encountered a group of students at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication who are experiencing that and more in MDIA 1020: Media and the Creative Process. In this large lecture course, students complete regular project-based assignments using a variety of media platforms to put their learning into action. See more about the class philosophy and structure in our earlier post.

This is one of Scripps’ bigger courses, with around 200 students. Yet, even with such a large class size (and both online and on-campus students) we heard again and again that students found it easy to collaborate and find inspiration from their classmates.

 

How?
We want to turn things over to a few students in MDIA 1020 who shared what made this large lecture class so unique and what it was like using Seelio in the class. See who chimed in:

How Eric Williams is Evolving His Class Into a 90 Minute Creativity Concert of Active Learning

Want to know one of the secrets to turning an “okay” class into a “great” one?

The secret is understanding the “snowball effect.” The snowball effect is a process which begins with one small change that builds upon itself, becoming larger and more significant along the way, like a ball of snow rolling down a hillside. If properly guided, this evolutionary process can have a majorly positive impact on a situation just by taking small steps along the way.

If anyone knows the merits of this process, it’s Eric Williams, an associate professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication. Eric teaches a course called MDIA 1020: Media and the Creative Process, which he has been evolving over time into an incredible active learning experience for his students.

MDIA 1020 Student Showcase