Higher-learning institutions throughout the U.S. are witnessing a rising enrollment by student veterans who are taking advantage of the newly expanded GI Bill after serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. These veterans are typically older, nontraditional students with unique needs. In the fall of 2012, Clemson University’s award-winning Client-Based Program launched a service-learning project to help the growing number of veterans on its campus. An undergraduate Technical Writing class completed promotional and instructional videos for the campus Student Veterans Association. The promotional videos are aimed at reaching out to campus veterans who may feel out of place among a younger student population. The instructional videos provide tips on navigating the complicated new GI Bill. Students completed the projects with the help of Clemson’s Multimedia Authoring Teaching and Research Facility, a lab that provided the cameras and other equipment needed for such a technology-driven project.
This unique project focused on combining service-learning with technical communication skills, multimedia technology, and computer software. Twenty-First Century companies will increasingly rely on such a nexus.
This webcast will specifically discuss how the hands-on experience of Clemson’s Client-Based Program prepares undergraduate students for work and service in an increasingly technology-oriented workplace. It will also talk about how student veterans and their unique skills in leadership and discipline enrich our modern classrooms with new perspectives and energy.
|Mike Pulley||Phillip Randall||Eric Lambert|
Mike Pulley, Lecturer in Clemson University’s Client-Based Program and the Department of English. Mike is also a Clemson University Service Alliance Faculty Fellow.
Philip D. Randall, Lecturer in Clemson University’s Client-Based Program and the Department of English.
Eric Lambert, Senior in Clemson University’s Mechanical Engineering Department and Veteran Resource Center Coordinator for Clemson’s Student Veterans Association. Eric also served a five-year enlistment with the United States Marine Corps.
Clemson University Collaborations in Service-Learning is sponsored by the Clemson Service Alliance. The Service Alliance promotes the use of community service and service-learning by Clemson faculty in classes with both undergraduate and graduate students in all major disciplinary areas. The Collaborations radio webcasts are an opportunity to hear from some of our Clemson Service Alliance Faculty Fellows, their students, and their community partners about service-learning projects around the state of S.C., and to learn about the impact of these service-learning projects on the community and on student learning outcomes. In 2012- 2013, we will be focusing on service –learning classes in five different disciplinary areas: Planning and Landscape Architecture, English, Languages, Teacher Education, and Nursing. Thank you for participating, and we hope that service-learning practitioners in both K-12 and higher education will find these workshops very helpful in the course development, implementation, and evaluation process. This program comes to you as a public service of Clemson University. There is no fee, and no registration is required. You may listen to the program and view the supplementary materials using only your computer. You will need to call in if you wish to speak on the live program.