Today I participated in the first annual Treasure Valley Adjunct Conference. The half-day event on the Boise State University campus drew about 50-60 people. I’m always excited to learn more about my profession and ways in which I can improve my performance. But this conference held an additional lure for me. I had proposed a presentation idea, and my proposal was accepted. So now this would be my first presentation as a higher education professional.
The conference took place on the second story of the Student Union Building. I got the Barnwell Room, named after Bishop Barnwell who was instrumental in founding the school that grew into Boise State University. My presentation dealt with how instructors could use the flipped class model to engage their students in subjects typically seen as dry and boring and ways in which they could produce supporting materials without breaking the bank.
I frankly prepared much more content than I had time to deliver, but it was a real thrill to be presenting about my profession in front of a small audience composed of professionals from education circles as well as industry. I was a little nervous, which I always am in front of an audience, but I also had a great time — additional evidence that I am on the right career path for me.
At the end of the conference, everyone who presented got a small plaque as a memento of appreciation. I was appreciative enough with the 50 minutes I got to present professionally, but this added gesture was a really nice token. I’m including an embedded copy of the presentation below. Overall, I left thankful for this important step in my career in academia and wishing the conference lasted the whole day!
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