ON THE JOB: Simon, a North Carolina native who lives in Lebanon, N.H., has worked at Dartmouth for nine years. She helps support the Blackboard course management system, teaches workshops on how to utilize Web 2.0 tools like Flicker and YouTube in the classroom, and also works with faculty on designing and implementing multimedia projects for their courses.
Susan Simon (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)
STORYTELLERS: Simon trains students on the equipment and software in Jones Media Center and helps them conceptualize multimedia compositions. “We’re not just teaching them to press buttons,” Simon explains. “We talk about how to best tell a story, to make strong visual choices that will work with voice-over narrations. Because there are time constraints with video projects, they have to be concise storytellers.”
IMPACT: “I like to inspire faculty to embrace new ways of teaching,” says Simon. “Through these multimedia projects students learn time management, collaboration, the art of compromise, and interview and presentation skills. It’s a lot of work guiding the process along. But when students create a media composition they are truly proud of, that’s very rewarding. That’s when I know the skills they’ve learned will benefit them for the rest of their time at Dartmouth and possibly into their careers.” To view student multimedia projects, visit www.dartmouth.edu/~videoprojects.
COMMUNITY: Simon also hosts a monthly gathering for Upper Valley women called the Brain Exchange. “It’s a great way for women to ask questions and get a lot of information, and also to meet people in the community,” says Simon. (For information or to join, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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By BONNIE BARBER
Last Updated: 11/28/09