On November 3, 2012 Simpson students participated in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC), organized by ACM. ICPC is held at two stages: regional and world finals. Iowa falls in the North Central North America region (NCNA). The NCNA region includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, Western Ontario, Manitoba, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and the UP of Michigan. 235 teams in the region competed at 17 local sites. Simpson students competed at Grand View College. The team of Adam Smith (senior), Linsey Williams (junior) and Jaris Van Maanen (junior) ranked 4-th among the 20 teams at the Grand View College local site. They rank in the 68 percentile (placed 91 out of 235 teams) among all teams in the NCNA region.
By Paul V Craven
A “flipped classroom” is one where students watch lectures at home and do their homework in class. The Kahn Academy has done wonders in helping instructors with flipped classes. I decided to try it with my class that introduces computer programming.
My hypothesis: I could get more students to post excellent grades with this method than the traditional method.
Over the summer I worked on this website. I put the lectures on-line. A total of 55 videos, over 6 hours of run time. Most videos are short. I used a graphics tablet to mark up the screen during the video. I got a good microphone and edited the videos to remove annoying sounds, mistakes, or other distractions.
I created a multiple-choice quiz engine to test the students on-line. That helps make sure they actually went through the material.
The website got a lot of positive feedback from the community-at-large, I was helping more students learn programming on-line than I was in the classroom.
It seemed like everything ready for a full test of a “flipped” class this semester. The first real results would be from Test 1.
I started getting worried when there were students doing worksheets in class that had clearly not watched the lectures or gone over the material first. Plus my “draw a picture” lab had fewer images that really showed off the creativity of what students were able to do.
The results of Test 1 confirmed my worries. It showed a noticeable down-tick in grades compared to prior years. Was it terrible? No, there were still a lot of “A” grades. However there were more students on the C-F range than what I normally get. It seemed like a “flipped” class was allowing more students to slip through the cracks than before.
My conclusion, the data did not support my hypothesis.
Here are more hypotheses I have:
- Students who don’t want to do work outside of class still don’t. They gain more from having the traditional lecture in-class and not doing the homework. In a flipped class they skip watching the lecture and just copy worksheets resulting in even less comprehension.
- Fewer students will become inspired by the material and want to explore a career in that area. Students that aren’t willing to ask questions about worksheets have little interaction with the instructor. Those students are less likely to be inspired by the instructor because they don’t get to regularly see how excited he/she is about the material.
- A flipped class will work well in an evening class. Evening classes with working adults have a high drop-out rate for an introductory computer science course. I think that teaching in a ‘flipped’ manner will result in higher scores for these students even if they result in lower scores for day students. Meeting four times a day, is better than a flipped class, which itself is better than meeting one time a week.
- The ‘flipped’ class scales well. It will still perform ‘well’ with an average instructor and will involve little work on the instructor’s part if the material is already created. e.g., a teacher that doesn’t understand calculus well can still do a good job teaching calculus with help from the Kahn academy. Or a teacher can have more students in a class and still teach them. But neither can match a great teacher in a small class.
At some point I’ll do a survey and see if I can’t get more information from the class. I’m going back to my traditional methods for now.
I am still reaching a lot of students who have never set foot at Simpson. So I don’t think the effort spend on the website is a waste. But I’m not improving the scores of my class doing this.
This Friday, several communication students will be heading up to Des Moines to participate in the American Advertising Federation‘s GRiT Student Event. This event will include a panel of top Des Moines area advertising professionals, agency tours, and case studies. The event will take place at Meredith Corporation, home to Better Home and Garden magazines, allrecipes.com, and Family Circle. Students are able to choose their area of interest including account management, creative, public relations, and marketing.
See below for a schedule of events for the day:
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Introduction
8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Case Study: Learn what it’s like to work in an agency and develop a campaign for a real client
Case Study Presented by Greater Des Moines Partnership
12:00 – 12:15 p.m. Break
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Speaker Panel: Learn how recent graduates landed their current jobs and what one should (and shouldn’t) do when seeking employment.
1:00 – 1:15 Break
1:15 – 4:30 Company Tours: See the inner-workings of Des Moines’ agencies and companies.
Two Rivers Marketing
Other Companies To Be Announced
4:45 Closing remarks and wrap-up
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (Optional) After-Event Networking: Don’t miss an opportunity to mingle with Des Moines professionals in a relaxed and fun environment.
Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.
Mariah Young, a sophomore from West Burlington, Iowa, has made many connections in the Des Moines community starting from her first semester at Simpson College. Mariah is an integrated marketing communications major with a creative concentration and a minor in marketing. She is currently the communications intern at Dwolla, a web-based funds transfer service in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Mariah started at Dwolla in the middle of her first semester freshman year, then after a solid semester and a half summer came. She ventured to Wisconsin to work as the marketing intern at American Players Theatre, a world renowned outdoor theatre in the woods of Wisconsin. When she headed back to Simpson at the beginning of her sophomore year, she also returned to Dwolla.
She doesn’t have the ordinary job duties. She has found herself planning events in the middle of the Locust St. Bridge, escorts Ashton Kutcher up an elevator, and folding a large number of Dwolla t-shirts. Day to day she maintains the press section of Dwolla’s website, engages in media-related research, and takes care of various tasks to keep the office in order.
The Simpson College communications department has given her skills to be organized and confident, which she applies to every aspect of life.
Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.
Simpson College, a private, nationally recognized regional college grounded in the liberal arts tradition and affiliated with the United Methodist Church invites nominations and applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Business Management. The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in management, give evidence of scholarly potential and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. Ph.D. preferred; individuals at the ABD stage will be considered. Relevant business experience will also be considered. Teaching responsibilities will include: introduction to management, human resources, insurance; experience with healthcare administration is preferred. Full-time teaching load requires six courses.
Simpson College encourages innovative teaching and seeks colleagues who will help its students of all ages develop critical intellectual skills, nurture values which foster personal worth and individuality for the purpose of living lives of leadership within a creative, diverse, and just community. The main campus in Indianola is located just 12 minutes from the capital city of Des Moines, Iowa.
The position will begin on or around August 20, 2013. Candidates for the position must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and a willingness to engage students in scholarship, research and/or creative work. Faculty members at Simpson College are expected to participate in faculty governance, student advising, new student recruitment and in other ways to demonstrate support for the mission of the institution. For more specific information about the position, please consult the Simpson College website at: www.simpson.edu.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on December 17, 2012. Submit application letter, curriculum vita, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to:
Mark W. Juffernbruch, Chair
Department of Business Administration and Economics
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
It is the policy and practice of Simpson College to provide equal educational and employment opportunities for all. We specifically encourage applicants from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Posting Date: 11/2/12
Chelsea Winegard, a senior from Muscatine, IA, majors in creative integrated marketing communication with minors in human resources and sociology. She is currently the public relations intern with LS2group. LS2group develops and implements comprehensive public relations strategies that advance issues or products among opinion, specialty, industry, online and mainstream media.This organization specializes in social media, crisis communications, and media relations.
At LS2group, Chelsea write letters to congressmen and the editor of the Des Moines Register. She is also in charge of updating spreadsheets, phone calls, and making sure that the office runs smoothly.
Chelsea has been able to use her activities within the communications department as well as courses taken. The Simpsonian newspaper has given her great experience in writing. The course, writing for integrated marketing communication, has allowed her to become familiar with pieces such as news releases and memos. An editing and design course helped her foundations of writing with sentence structure and subject-verb agreement.
Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.
Networking, a key skill for every college student, will be taking the Midwest by storm this weekend. Approximately twenty communication majors, along with Professor Brian Steffen, will be attending GO12, a fall college media convention, in Chicago, Illinois from October 31 to November 3.
The 91st Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention is presented by Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association. This convention will allow students with great networking opportunities in various industries such as advertising, new media, broadcast, and many others. Students have the opportunity to attend ten sessions each day ranging from topics including design doctor, advertising 101, speed interviewing, and these are just a few of the hundreds of sessions available.
Senior Kelsey Hagelberg, a creative integrated marketing communication major, has high hopes for this convention. Kelsey, who is also the marketing director for the Simpsonian, KSTM radio, and ID magazine, says “I hope to learn new things for my advertisers, gain more experience for the working world, and network with professionals from all over the country.”
Other special events occurring at the convention include: Bill Elsen, an Editor in Residence, who will be offering free career advice, critiques for student newspapers, radio stations, and magazines, as well as media of places such as the Chicago Tribune, NPR Chicago, and the Onion.
For more information on Go12, Fall College Media Convention, check out their website.
Want to know more? Contact one of our faculty members.
The CIS 300 Project Management class have spent several days this semester (Fall 2012) working together to plan a cub scout meeting on orienteering. They are applying their project management skills learned in class to select a project, document what they are doing, break down the work, assign the work, create schedules, track the progress, and assure a great meeting for the cub scouts.
Prior years have seen project management teach kids about Lego Mindstorms, and programming 3D characters using the Alice environment.
This post will walk you through the process of adding an event to Simpson’s Events Calendar.
1. Navigate to events.simpson.edu
2. Click on “Add an Event,” which is located on the right side of of the screen
3. You will be asked to log into the site. Your username and password are the same as your StormFront log in. You also have the ability to log in with your personal facebook account. Once you have entered in your username and password, click log-in.
4. You will now be logged into the system and taken to the add an event page. Here you will enter in all of the event information, including the title of the event, a description of the event and the rest of the information of the event. The time and date will automatically be formated, so you are able to type 10/30 or oct 30 for the date and it will format it correctly.
The location of the event will also populated automatically. Let’s say that the event is located in the Hubbell Ballroom in the Kent Campus Center. Under the location field you would start typing in Kent Campus Center. A drop-down menu will appear under the field in which you are typing in that says “Kent Campus Center.” Select that item from the drop-down menu and the address and building information will be populated on the event page automatically. For the room you would need to type in Hubbell Ballroom.
You will also be able to add a photo for your event. If you do not have a photo, the default image for the location you selected will display on the event page.
After entering in all of the information click on “Add Event.”
5. Once your event has been created you will see the following screen. If something does not appear correctly on your event page, you will be able to go back in and edit your event from this screen. Your event will not be published until an administrator reviews your event. If an administrator believes you can be a trusted user, your future events will be published automatically.
FALL NEWSLETTER – October 2012
Dear Students and Colleagues,
Welcome to the start of Term 2! This is a completely new beginning for some of you and we wish you well on this exciting journey. For all of us we have the feeling of a fresh page, crisp fall days and cool nights as we begin classes, tackle assignments and discover the magic of learning.
This past summer I had the joy of a family reunion, as I hope some of you did. My nephew has completed a year at school and I asked him about it. “Well auntie, it is alright.” I inquired “only alright?” After a thoughtful pause, he said emphatically “but it is every day,” as though no one had warned him. It is possible that there are times when we feel frustrated that life is every day, given the busy careers, families and study that our adult learners cope with. We are working on listening to your ideas and needs. In the coming year we have several goals that are in response to our student surveys and conversations. Here are 4 of them:
Increase information: New students are asking for more information about majors and the flow of courses. You may pick up “Engaged Citizenship” information sheets at any of our campuses. These give a summary of our curriculum and the embedded skills within. These skills were designed in response to employers of our graduates who are looking for people who can write well, give effective oral presentations, think critically, work ethically, understand fiscal responsibility and develop relationships in a culturally diverse and global community. Being able to explain how your degree gives you these skills makes you stand out in the crowd. Our PR office has also been working on ‘sizzle sheets’ that describe departments and majors; you can see them online or pick them up from your advisor.
Provide resources: Our Career Services Office under the leadership of Jennifer del Pino is available to assist with resumes and career searches. We will be offering one information session per term at each campus. Similarly, all of us experience stress at some period in our lives, especially when juggling many tasks. Ellie Olson, Director of our Counseling services is planning to offer a session on coping with stress. This will be held in mid-November at the West Des Moines campus.
Expand online learning opportunities: This summer we held 24 fully online classes with good response from students and faculty. In the coming year we plan to increase these offerings and welcome your feedback. If you took one of these online courses we thank you for your response to the survey we recently sent out. Please let Jule Thorsen know which classes you would like to see offered online.
Social Media: Amy Day and Katie Princehouse are actively expanding our use of Facebook and Twitter. We plan to broaden our networks and find the best ways to keep you fully informed in your favorite mediums. Contact Amy with your suggestions. Recently, we had a meeting with the Des Moines Register to discuss optimum use of new website interaction and analytics and it is our goal that you will see a larger Simpson presence in the online version of the newspaper.
Guess what? Our new account manager at the Des Moines Register is a spring 2012 alum: congratulations Josh Burkhart and all your classmates. Similarly, when we walked into Pioneer to plan a ‘Lunch ‘n Learn’ for employees, the first person we met was recent graduate Mario Rodriguez. Simpson graduates are everywhere and ready to be in your network. We graduated 128 people last year out of 523 experienced adult learners. Truly, you show us the way – every day.
I very much look forward to greeting you,
Rosemary J. Link, PhD.
Associate Vice President
Important Upcoming Dates
Nov. 1 – Picture Day; WDM
Nov. 15 – Info Session: LEP; ANK
Nov. 22-26 – Closed for Thanksgiving
Nov. 27 – Speaker Series with Suku Radia; WDM
Nov. 29 – Start of Transitions
Spring Courses Begin January 7, 2013
Choose from over 100 courses offered in Ankeny, Indianola and West Des Moines. Classes are offered 1 night per week or every other Saturday morning. The schedule is available at www.simpson.edu/schedule. Sign up yourself and invite your friends and colleagues to join you. Click here to register.
Forward Simpson Messages to Your Preferred Email
Are you missing out on important updates from Simpson? Are you tired of having to check multiple email accounts?
Nearly all formal communication from the college is sent only to your Simpson email account, but we know you don’t all check it regularly. You may be missing out on important information from the Registrar, Financial Assistance, and your advisor, among others.
Forward emails from your Simpson account to your preferred account by following the instructions below:
- Log onto your Simpson account.
- Click on the Options drop down arrow and choose Create an Inbox Rule.
- Click on the NEW Drop down arrow and choose the “Create a new rule for arriving messages” option.
- Apply rule when the message arrives, and it was sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Redirect the message to email@example.com
- Click save.
Simpson Speaker Series features Suku Radia on Nov. 27
Simpson Speaker Series features prominent local and regional leaders speaking about “Insights on Leadership”. Our next event will feature Suku Radia, CEO and President of Bankers Trust.
Mr. Radia has been CEO and President of Bankers Trust since March 2008. Bankers Trust is Iowa’s largest independent community bank. Prior to joining Bankers Trust, Mr. Radia served as Chief Financial Officer of Meredith Corporation, the nation’s leading diversified media company. Radia was Managing Partner of KPMG in Des Moines from 1993 to 2000. During his 25-year tenure at KPMG, Radia counseled senior management for several national and international entities on a number of financial issues.
Speaker Series events are free and open to the public. Networking begins at 5:30 and speaker presentation begins at 6pm. Events are held at the West Des Moines campus.
Do You Have Financial Aid Questions?
Director of Financial Assistance, Tracie Pavon, will be at the West Des Moines campus on Monday, November 12 to meet individually with students and answer questions. Private 15-minute meetings are available from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Schedule an appointment by calling 515-961-1630 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to bring your loan paperwork and specific questions.
Writing Tutor Available
A writing tutor is now available on Saturday mornings (10am – noon) at the West Des Moines campus. This free service is available to help you in all stages of the writing process: prewriting, organization, thesis development, documentation styles, and revisions. Tutoring is also available via email. Contact Mitch Glodek at email@example.com to schedule a meeting or to receive feedback on a draft composition.
Student Spotlight: Shawn Comer, From Groom to Graduate
When we asked one of our friendly management majors, Shawn Comer, to answer a few questions he was happy to oblige. Though he is a man of few words on paper, he knows how to get his message across. Shawn shares a special connection to Simpson that started three decades ago. Here is the story in his own words: “Almost 30 years ago I started my journey with Simpson, and then I got married to my beautiful wife…in Smith Chapel. I quit school to support my family and now in December 2012 I am going to graduate from Simpson in the same place we were married…Smith Chapel. I am extremely blessed!!”
Simpson College: What has been your motivation to finish your degree?
Shawn Comer: To cross it off my bucket list.
Simpson: What is your major and why did you select it?
Shawn: Business management- there are so many possibilities with this major.
Simpson: What have you enjoyed most about your Simpson College experience?
Shawn: Definitely all of the good people I have met- the office staff, instructors and fellow students.
Simpson: What did you learn most about yourself through the experience?
Shawn: If I put my mind to it, I can accomplish anything.
Simpson: What has surprised you about your Simpson experience?
Shawn: How smart I really am not.
Simpson: Would you recommend Simpson to others?
Shawn: I would and I have. It is a special place.
Simpson: Tell us a little about yourself.
Shawn: I own Papa’s Pizzeria in Polk City. I have been married for almost 30 years and have three adult boys.
Simpson: What is your favorite vacation spot?
Shawn: Any all-inclusive resort with crystal blue waters- they are totally stress free.
Congratulations, Shawn! We look forward to seeing you walk down the aisle of Smith Chapel in December; this time as a graduate instead of a groom.
Meet the Instructor: Marty Feeney
The opposite of Shawn Comer, Marty Feeney is never at a loss for words. In fact, we had to edit his answers just to fit in all his excitement and enthusiasm for his profession, his students, and Simpson College.
Simpson College: How long have you been teaching at Simpson, and what do you teach?
Marty Feeney: About eight years. I teach Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking, Research in Communication, Media Studies, Marketing, Small Group Communication, Advertising, Persuasion.
SC: What makes teaching at Simpson unique?
MF: What I like about teaching at Simpson is how everyone from President Byrd to the faculty, the staff, the guy working to fix my office door, and the kids offering service in Dirlam lounge, all deliver value to the students. Once in the classroom, I love the energy and creativity of the Simpson students. I bring in colleagues to judge end-of-semester projects. The students do amazing tech-splendid, real-world presentations. What little talent I have sure gets a boost from Simpson students!
SC: What do you enjoy about working with adult students?
MF: Single-minded super efforts and a focused, diligent approach to class and assignments.
SC: Tell us about your family and how you spend your free time.
MF: I’m married to marathon runner, Susan Eggert, who is an IT raconteur at Principal Financial. I have a son, Rob, graduating from ISU in December. My daughter, Caroline, is in her first year of graduate school in the school of journalism at the University of Missouri.
I compete in the Iowa Senior Olympics every year in: track and field, swimming, soccer, football, softball, frisbee distance and accuracy, tennis, basketball, badminton, and volleyball. I am blessed to have won 12 medals this year. I train hard and it takes three weeks to recover from the competition. Since 2007 I have won 79 medals.
Thank you, Marty! We know you have many more medals to earn in your future.
Are you in the job market?
Remember to take advantage of Simpson’s Career Services office and to check CareerPaths (https://simpson-csm.symplicity.com/students/) weekly. Career Services receives announcements for internships, part-time jobs and full-time jobs daily; they are posted as soon as they come in so check often for the latest updates. This resource is available to all current students and alumni– and there is no charge to use it. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.