How Amanda Torres Risked It All For a New Start

Pre-Dojo:
As an Assistant Director of Operations in higher education,
You are looking for a safe, secure space to learn and grow?
Afraid, but also excited to take on a new challenge.

After Dojo:
As a Customer Support Engineer
You dream of a leadership or Diversity Equity & Inclusion position in a tech company that will empower and diversify the community.

Program: Full-Time Online Three-Stack Software Development Bootcamp
Testimonial:
The Career Services workshops that you attend during project weeks are devoted to your resume, LinkedIn, or interviews. You should be fully engaged in the workshops and complete the work. After you have graduated, you can go out and find a job that offers all the tools you need. You can also work on improving your projects.
Please tell us a bit about yourself. What were you doing professionally before the bootcamp?
I enjoy being outdoors, running long distances, exploring national parks, and going to sporting events. I also love being an advocate for marginalized communities. Before Coding Dojo, my previous job was in the operations department of the Higher Education sector.
Why did you choose to enroll in the bootcamp, other than the desire to learn how to code?
I wanted to grow my skills and work ethic and I wanted to find a safe space that allowed me to learn and grow. It’s all about web development and coding. Because everyone touches code every day, my reach and impact can be so significant.
What were your fears and doubts that prevented you from enrolling? How did you overcome them?
The risk of diving in all. Uncertain of how I would come out the other side with a job, or nothing. It was my family and friends, from all the different fields I have worked in. I was able to trust everyone and they believed in me.
What was the secret to Coding Dojo’s success? Why did you choose Coding Dojo over other programs?
Accessibility and dedication to veterans. Although I’m not a veteran, Coding Dojo is the only school that helps vets. Coding Dojo was more inclusive than other boot camps because I have many family members and friends who served.
How was it to get ready for bootcamp? Were you nervous, excited, etc.? How did you prepare?
I was just excited. To take a chance on something new. There were moments when you wondered “What am I doing?” Are I going to be OK?” But I just kept learning and applying it as much as I could.
Take us through the first few weeks of the program. Which parts were your favorites? What parts did you struggle with?
I enjoyed the lectures with our instructors. I was always asking questions. Sometimes I struggled with concepts. But we got there. Those issues can be quickly addressed if you are proactive in your TA’s and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
What were your strategies for overcoming the difficulties you faced?
Support. Problems would be addressed quickly and efficiently. I wouldn’t spend more than a few hours working on a problem. I would ask the right questions immediately.
Do you have any funny stories to share about bootcamp? Make friends! Do you have fond memories?
Connect with others. Teach others concepts that you understand. Ask all questions in lectures. Chat! Just keep connecting always.
How did you feel about your job prospects and skills as you neared graduation?
Although I was nervous, the Career Services workshops that you have during project week are dedicated to your resume, LinkedIn and interviews. You should be fully engaged in the workshops and complete the work. After you have graduated, you can go out and find a job that offers all the tools you need. You can also work on improving your projects.
How did your job hunt go? How did you land a job at your current job?
Although it took me a while to get interviews, applying for jobs is now so simple on all job platforms. I could apply for many jobs from my phone in minutes. After I had submitted a solid week’s worth of applications, I started to see recruiters reaching out and the interviews began to come in. To receive 2 offers in a week, it took me 2 months of job hunting. Keep applying despite all the rejections.
Did the bootcamp provide you with anything other than coding skills?
I was able to prepare for the field by attending Career Services workshops. They brought everything together.
What advice would you give to others interested in coding bootcamps, or just starting one?
Do what you love! It will be easy for you to explain what you did to recruiters. They will also see your passion for the subject you love! This was my why, and I believe that was the most difficult part of the interview.
What are your future goals and dreams, in five or ten years?
Hopefully, in some lead

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From Doctorate to Dojo: Healthcare through Code: Redefining healthcare

Dr. Kwame Johnson has all of the education and knowledge necessary to become a neurosurgeon. Instead, he chose to become a product manager at Google DeepMind Health where his passion for health technology now touches millions of lives.
Johnson says, “Coming to Google is literally the culmination all I’ve been working towards.” Johnson says, “Currently working at the intersection of software and medicine, is exactly my dream job.” Johnson credits his 14-weeks spent at Coding Dojo Seattle’s bootcamp, April 2016, for making him realize his life-fulfilling goal. He was able to move from bootcamp to Microsoft to his dream job at Google in just two years.
We met Johnson to discuss his career and to learn how his roots in medicine and our bootcamp are making a real difference for the families and patients he has always wanted to help. He has gone from Doctorate to Dojo and proved that you can make a difference in the lives and livelihoods of others. At the age of 10, he watched his grandmother suffer from Alzheimer’s and then lost her to the disease a few years later. His plans to become a surgeon changed dramatically while he was at Duke University School of Medicine. He realized that the treatment of brain injuries and disorders was still based on some archaic knowledge. This needed to change.
He says, “There’s nothing you can actually offer a person.” “When you have any type of neurological injury, whether it’s stroke, gunshot wound to head, or subarachnoid hemorhage, the treatment plan is to stabilize all organs and wait and hope. This is what you tell your family and there’s nothing else we can do.
He switched gears through a startup competition and a business plan competition at his University. He heard ideas that could transform the industry if they had the right momentum. Johnson realized that pushing the boundaries of what is available to patients was where his heart was at. He completed his doctorate and worked as a medical editor for a few years.
But his dream of transforming the health industry through a hands-on approach was not realized. Johnson realized that he wanted to work on the actual technology, not just writing about it. That’s when he began researching coding bootcamps. “I have the healthcare background, and I needed the technology.”
Johnson initially considered a master’s degree in computer science, but he realized that bootcamps were a faster and more direct way to gain the technical knowledge he needed. Johnson believed that once he had both the background and the job experience, the jobs would follow.
After completing Coding Dojo’s 14 week bootcamp at our Seattle office, he was able leverage our partnership to enroll in the Microsoft LEAP Program. “Coding Dojo was a huge help in getting me into the [LEAP] program. It was a game-changer for me once I got in that program.
“From a networking perspective, Coding Dojo was very helpful in actually enabling me talk to alumni that were doing what I wanted.” Johnson was able leverage Dojo alumni to help him realize his dream to enter the tech industry. He was hired at Microsoft as a Program manager after completing the LEAP program. He worked with iOS and Bing. It was easy to move to Google to become a Product Manager at Google Health. This job was exactly what he had envisioned spending his entire life doing.
Johnson: “Essentially, [Coding Dojo] got my on the path to where I would literally be able to do this for free — and that’s why I don’t look forward Fridays or hate Mondays,” Johnson says. These were the things I had always hoped for in my career, but couldn’t achieve until I became a techniian.
Johnson spent months learning full-stack, front-end and back-end languages, databases, and other coding skills through the onsite bootcamp. The rigorous content, daily algorithm exercises such as white-boarding, and specialized career services offered grads gave Johnson the knowledge and support to get into his current position, which he considers to be the pinnacle in his career.
“The bootcamp’s actual content was clearly very helpful to understand how we got here.

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How Raden Mantuano Reinvented Himself and His Career

Pre-Dojo:
Worked in Sales & Digital Marketing
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I was forced to change my career.
Although I was able to code a little on my own, I needed guidance and structure in order to make it a career.

After Dojo:
Work as a Full Stack Developer at MyEtherWallet
Newfound confidence and communication skills, as well collaboration and collaboration skills.
Dreams of building a foundation that my family can rely on and a legacy.

Program: Three Full Stack Full Time Bootcamps
Testimonial:
I loved the idea of building out projects and giving people the opportunity to learn how to be resourceful and self-sufficient.
Please tell us a bit about yourself. What were you doing professionally before the bootcamp?
I am 32 years old. I love spending time with my family, reading, going to the city, eating out, playing basketball, and sometimes doing a little music. I worked in digital marketing and sales from 2017 until the outbreak. After everything was closed down, I decided that I wanted to change careers and enter a new industry.
Why did you choose to enroll in a bootcamp for coding?
One of the main reasons I joined a bootcamp was because I knew what the bootcamp would offer and the structure it would provide. I tried self-teaching for a while, but I realized that I was running around in circles and wasting my time, which I didn’t have at this stage of my life.
What were your fears and doubts that prevented you from enrolling? How did you overcome them?
My biggest fear was going full-time. I was unsure if I could pick up the concepts at such a fast pace and on such a tight schedule. The bootcamp was well-organized and I developed amazing relationships with my cohortmates, which made it a great environment to learn.
What was the secret to Coding Dojo’s success? Why did you choose Coding Dojo over other programs?
My background in sales and digital marketing meant that I appreciated the retargeting system and the Coding Dojo system. I would say that I loved the idea of building projects and giving us the opportunity to be resourceful and self-sufficient.
How was it to get ready for bootcamp? Were you nervous, excited, etc.? How did you prepare?
I was excited because I have wanted to learn code for a long time. I love the creative process of solving problems and building them out. It was something I was looking forward to.
Take us through the first few weeks of the program. Which parts were your favorites? What parts did you struggle with?
Before the bootcamp, my schedule was erratic and I was freelance. It was the hardest part. But, I was able to adapt after the first week.
What were your strategies for overcoming the difficulties you faced?
As I grew older, I became more aware of my learning style and preferred method of studying. I prefer to be visual and do the work. My one saving grace during bootcamp was that I would do each project in the curriculum at least 3-5 times more to make sure I understood the concepts.
Do you have any funny stories to share about bootcamp? Make friends! Do you have fond memories?
One thing I will never forget is working with my cohortmates on Zoom until around 1am, or just hanging out. We still keep in touch because of how close we became.
How did you feel about your job prospects and skills as you neared graduation?
I felt that my skills had improved and that the foundation was being laid. I made a plan to continue building my skills after graduation. Although I was not the best at algorithms, I knew that if my projects were completed 100% and I used all the information I had learned in bootcamp, it would help me.
How did your job hunt go? How did you land a job at your current job?
I was able to apply every day in a planned manner for the job hunt. I treated it as if I was still in bootcamp. I applied everywhere from LinkedIn, ZipRecruiterer, Indeed, and many more… and I ended up landing a job with MyEtherWallet which is a software company.
Did the bootcamp provide you with anything other than coding skills?
Talk about growth and being comfortable with being uncomfortable every day. From standup meetings and presentations at 9am to algo practice, standup meetings, and presentations at 11am, I would say that I learned the most valuable skills I could ever have: confidence, communication skills, and understanding each person’s strengths and using them in a collaborative setting.
What advice would you give to others interested in coding bootcams?

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How Seattle Alumni Stephen Holmes Changed His Career

Pre-Dojo:
As a library technician
You yearned for a career change but don’t have the time or money to go back to school
Wasn’t sure if the bootcamp structure was right for him

After Dojo:
Newfound self-reliance and problem solving skills
As a Front End Developer
The dream of building information systems from a technical and social perspective.

Program: Three Full-Stack Bootcamps in Seattle, WA
Testimonial:
It was a great way to learn coding by having to struggle with the material and then working together to solve it.
Please tell us about yourself. Your age, hobbies, passions and what you did (professionally) before joining the bootcamp.
I am a native Seattleite, 36 years old. I love to bake pizzas, and my favorite is the Hawaiian pizza with caramelized pineapple. I also enjoy playing guitar. Before the bootcamp, my job was as a librarian technician. This involved customer service, maintaining the physical collection, and making sure that the online catalog was accurate.
Why did you choose to enroll in a bootcamp for coding?
I was interested in a career change. I had some coding experience, and knew I wanted to change careers. I was disappointed by the time-consuming and expensive process of researching post-Bachelor degrees. Bootcamps offered a way to learn technical skills in a fraction the time.
What were your fears and doubts that prevented you from enrolling? How did you overcome them?
I was not sure if the program was right for me or if it would teach me the skills necessary to pursue a career as a technie. I did some research on the Seattle bootcamps and read about people’s experiences with job hunting after graduation. It seems that bootcamps are about how hard you work.
What was the secret to Coding Dojo’s success? Why did you choose Coding Dojo over other programs?
Open House was a great opportunity to meet students and instructors. I found the atmosphere welcoming and friendly, and was impressed by the student population. I left the Open House feeling happy and excited!
How was it to prepare for bootcamp? How did you prepare for the bootcamp?
I signed up right before the deadline, so I was trying my best to get everything in order. It’s not easy to organize for bootcamp. The weekend before the start of the bootcamp was spent doing pre-course work. This included some reading, coding exercises and an introduction to algorithms. It was like preparing for the first day at school. I did some “back-to school” shopping and bought a notebook, pens, and a pencil.
Talk us through the first few weeks of the program. Which parts were your favorites? What parts were difficult?
The first few weeks were all about getting used to the program and improving my coding skills. I was often the first person to arrive on campus. This allowed me to get used to the schedule and helped me transition into the day, especially for the interactive algorithm sessions, lectures, group work, and group work.
The hardest thing I faced, especially at the beginning, was learning and remembering everything. It was difficult to grasp and apply everything. You realize that there is some code you can internalize and others that you need to conceptually understand.
What were your strategies for overcoming the difficulties you faced?
Failure. Every instructor stressed the importance of failing when learning code. The Dojo encouraged failure and made it acceptable. Working together to solve a problem was the best way for coding to learn. You either found a solution or consulted with an instructor so you didn’t waste time trying to figure out what the solution was.
Do you have any funny stories to share about bootcamp? Make friends! Do you have fond memories?
Students are encouraged to take a break from coding on Thursdays at Bellevue’s campus. There was always a game called Werewolf. Although I only played it a few times, it was interesting to see the reactions of the players when they accidentally killed a villager or found a werewolf.
How did you feel about your job prospects and skills as you neared graduation?
I felt confident in my abilities towards the end of the bootcamp. I was uncertain about my job prospects because I hadn’t spent any time researching company websites or job boards.
Did the bootcamp provide you with anything other than coding skills?
The most impo

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How Bellevue Alumni Joseph Lee Unlocked His Potential

Pre-Dojo:
As a driver of a delivery truck
He wanted more from life and believed he had untapped potential

After Dojo:
Amazon Software Developer Apprentice
He has a strong professional network that he used to land his current position
He dreams of opening his own bootcamp in future

Program: Three Full Stack Bootcamp in Bellevue (WA).
Testimonial:
The support I received for all my interview preparation was incredible. Chinni, my Career Services Manager, was very patient with me and helped me to pass my interview. I was not only an ace, but they also said that I was one the most prepared candidates that day.
Please tell us a bit about yourself. What were you doing professionally before you started bootcamp?
I am a big football fan. I enjoy running, hiking, and Rick and Morty. Before Coding Dojo, my job was as a truck driver.
Why did you choose to enroll in a bootcamp for coding?
I wanted more in my life. I felt that I had more potential than the life I was living now.
What were your fears and doubts that prevented you from enrolling? How did you overcome them?
I was willing to take a big risk and quit my job. I was earning a decent living, but then I had to be prepared to make zero. That was what kept me from moving forward, but then I realized that I had to quit. I started learning Javascript. I was so excited to find a bootcamp.
What was the secret to Coding Dojo’s success? Why did you choose Coding Dojo over other programs?
Coding Dojo was the only provider of classes through Christmas, to be honest. The Career Services and, more importantly, Chinni were the only things that stood out. I was able to get amazing support for my interview preparation. She did a lot of practice with us and I was able ace my interview. I was not only an ace, but also one of the most prepared candidates that day.
How was it to get ready for bootcamp? Were you nervous, excited, etc.? How did you prepare?
I had been to another boot camp before I came to the Dojo so I didn’t have the nerves to learn the curriculum. However, I was nervous about meeting people, which is the most important part the bootcamp. This is where you build your network. It all starts there. A reference from a bootcamp was one of the reasons I got this amazing job.
Talk us through the first few weeks of the program. Which parts were your favorites? What parts were difficult?
I enjoyed the lectures of my instructors, especially Sadie’s. She explained Django in the most simple way possible. I was able to understand the framework in a very deep way. C# was difficult to understand at first.
What were your strategies for overcoming the difficulties you faced?
Accept failure and learn from it. There is no perfect person in the world. People who fail and fail often are the ones who succeed. Failure is an opportunity to learn, and an opportunity for improvement. Learn to love failure when it comes to programming and to love bugs. Don’t lose heart and don’t be afraid to try new approaches.
How did you feel about your job prospects and skills as you neared graduation?
Because of my mindset, I felt like I could conquer everything.
How did your job hunt go? How did you land a job at your current job?
It was a great experience and I was offered a job as a Software Developer at Amazon within a few months of graduating.
Did the bootcamp provide you with anything other than coding skills?
You will be able to manage deadlines like no one else.
What advice would you give to others interested in coding bootcamps, or just starting one?
Why wait? There’s a vast tech industry that is looking for diverse brains. I used to believe that I couldn’t do this because I was a truck driver. Boy was I wrong. It would be amazing to see where the people who make up this tech world come from.
What are your future goals and dreams, in five or ten years?
One day, I dream of starting my own coding bootcamp! Coding Dojo bootcamp is a program that will transform your life and teach you how to code. We offer online and onsite courses as well as part-time and complete-time online courses. We offer scholarships, financing options, and other tuition assistance programs to help with financial barriers. There is no better time to invest in your future and yourself than now! Click this link to schedule a 15 minute exploratory session with one our Admissions representatives.

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Project Management Institute

As organizations evolve, their working standards are changing. Managers are eager to achieve their objectives and tasks in a deeper manner. They are more clear about the tasks, projects, resources, timeline, etc. It is important that individuals are prepared to meet the requirements of the projects in order to achieve the objectives. Project Management Institute offers project management certifications that are based on current standards. PMI’s certifications are professionally designed and researched. They cover all aspects of project management that are required for organizations. A PMI certification will allow you to work in any industry, anywhere in this world, and with any type of project management method. No matter what industry you work in, project management institute offers certifications to help you get into any industry. The candidate will be able to learn several project management methods that can be integrated into the work process of an organization.
The PMI certifications require that the candidates have at least one year of experience and education from recognized institutions. Candidates must include details about their education in the application. It is a good idea to have all this information before you start. The trainer will assist you in every step of preparation for certification. He/she will also provide all the necessary material and guidelines to help you choose the right certification. You will also be briefed on the format and pattern of the exam. The project management institute offers many certifications for project managers in multiple industries and domains. We will discuss the most sought-after project management certifications in the corporate world.
PMP Project Management Professional
Projects of PMP can be found in almost every part of the globe. PMP projects are successful in all industries, unlike other certifications that only focus on one area or geography. The PMP certified candidates are able to work in any industry using their methodology. Project management professionals ensure that the projects are completed on time.
PgMP Program Management Professional
Program managers are required to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Program managers are often required to manage multiple projects simultaneously. This is why project managers work at the top or higher levels. They can achieve benefits that cannot be achieved if they are conducted separately. Program Management Professional (PgMP), is a visible indicator of your high-level experience and skill, and can give you an advantage when applying for employment or promotion. Candidates who are able to manage multiple projects simultaneously are recommended.
PfMP Portfolio Management Professional
Portfolio managers are responsible for ensuring that the right work is done at the right time and in the right manner. Portfolio management fills the gaps between strategy implementation. Portfolio managers ensure that projects, programs, and operations align with strategic objectives. They also invest resources in the right work to deliver expected value. Portfolio managers are responsible for coordinating management to achieve strategic objectives. According to 2012 Pulse of the Profession research, 62 percent of portfolio managers were able to achieve or exceed expected ROI.
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM).
CAPM will improve your credibility and position on the job market. This will increase your relevant experience, giving you the opportunity to work for the best organizations. The CAPM recognizes that you are knowledgeable about the most important global standard in the profession. This will make you stand out from the rest and allow you to be ready to move forward. This certification is for project managers who want to improve their skills.
PMI-PBA Professional in Business Analysis
Business analysis is an essential part of any project management task. When managing projects, it is important to understand the importance of business analysis. You can take your career to the next level by becoming a certified business analysis (BA), expert. There are many opportunities for Business analysis. This certification will help your organization achieve the project’s objectives easily. You can work with stakeholders to define requirements, shape project outputs, and drive desired business outcomes.
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
If you are familiar with agile

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Project Management in a Post-Pandemic World

No matter what your feelings were about the SARS-COV2(COVID-19), virus pandemic, communication with project managers was affected in many ways.
Project Management Institute (PMI), for many years, has maintained that while virtual teams and video calls are efficient, physical co-located teams are the best environment for project success.
What has changed is that technology has become more immersive and engaging over time. This includes video conferencing, remote system operations, application sharing, and so on. This has allowed for a steady and steady increase in virtual teams and meetings for global project management. March 2020 saw an acceleration in virtual communication implementation within the project management industry.
Virtual business: here to stay
It is fair to say that the virtual video conferencing pandemic has “fast-forwarded” technological, interpersonal and interpersonal developments. Some projects were cancelled or delayed, but the ones that were still in progress had to adapt to the lack of physical colocation. This shift was it positive? How did project managers/program directors navigate this change?
We now know more about the virus than we did when countries and companies first responded to the pandemic. Should we slow down the process? Perhaps we should return to in-person meetings. These are all questions that a project manager must address in a modern workspace.
The first question asks whether the shift to virtual communication and meeting environments was positive or detrimental. If this had happened 10-15 years ago, I believe the results would have been adverse.
We are able to keep pace with tech advancements and provide timely information
Video conferencing was difficult to do from remote locations, such as a person’s home office, just a few years ago. Broadband was still a new concept in homes. Most people were happy with 500kps upstream and 1-2mbps download speeds. Rates needed to be higher to ensure quality audio and video over the speeds of 1-2mbps in a group conversation.
A solution that transcends continents and addresses all challenges
Video conferencing is becoming a viable option to connect remote workers, customers and employees.
It has been repeatedly noted that social distancing was possible because technology allowed project managers and teams to maintain high quality communication, performance reporting, feedback, and feedback. Companies were able to adopt work-from home policies and procedures that would have taken them years to change into otherwise.
Virtual communication will be an essential tool to facilitate remote work. It is essential to a resilient business model because companies can anticipate future needs of employees, stakeholders, and consumers.
Moving forward, practically
The modern workplace has almost universally adopted remote work and video conferencing. So how can we keep moving forward and use virtual communication tools? There are several important things to consider when creating a virtual workplace.
Flexibility and adaptability are key. The pandemic caused a lot of risk to our projects. We had to move from co-location in cubicles to remote team members. Conference organizers and project managers had to create virtual events from large in-person gatherings. Project managers can replicate what they would do if they hosted the same meeting in their office or conference room by using virtual communication tools like chats, screen and application sharing, chats, and breakout rooms.
It should be simple and easy to communicate transparently. We promote the breakdown of siloed communications in project management. It can cause people to become isolated by moving things virtually. They are sitting in their own homes, or at the kitchen table, trying to read the room on Zoom or Teams calls. Open chats are a good idea. Ask questions and get clarification. Do not assume that everyone understands the presentation based on what they are expressing on camera. Direct communication can make leaders more visible, and the project team can engage more often with digital communications.
Recognize the benefits of virtual teams for resilience. Lynn Kier, VP Corporate Communications at Diebold Nixdorf, stated in a Forbes article that savvy and strategic businesses will continue to evaluate their priorities and goals in ways that make their organizations more resilient. She said, “In just a few months, businesses around world quickly adjusted to, learned from, and accepted working in a virtual environment. All companies can use this method.

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Introduction to American Politics: Professors and Partisanship

Author: Emily Farris (Texas Christian University).
This spring, I opened my Introduction to American Politics and asked my students to attend the first day after having read the syllabus, Dr. Seth Masket’s piece in Pacific Standard, “The Crisis in Political Science Education” and had completed their Introduction to American Politics.
Dr. Masket writes
“Professors are increasingly realizing that their commitments to non-partisan education conflict with their commitments to inclusion.”
He explains how this conflict has intensified recently with Trump and other Republicans using racism (and I’d even add sexism!) in their governing philosophy.
Civility Policy
I used Dr. Masket’s piece to frame the discussion around my civility policy. The policy evolved from an informal conversation to a written policy in the syllabus over the years. This was partly in response to the crisis mentioned in the piece. My syllabus describes the classroom as a place where different ideas can be explored with respect to promote learning and growth. I explain that each person has different experiences and backgrounds, and that I expect us all to be respectful as we explore ideas. According to my university’s guidelines I declare that no ad hominem attacks or epithets will be allowed in the class.
Instructors who wish to teach Introduction to American Politics can find it difficult to do so in today’s political climate, especially with Trump in office. Instructors should think about how to make their classroom more inclusive.
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you create your syllabus
What can I do for all students to feel welcome in the classroom
How can I create a civil dialogue and allow for debate on a wide range issues?
These are some discussion questions to help you review a civility approach or policy in your classroom.
What are some common guidelines that we all want to discuss?
What expectations do I have as your professor?

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Professor Streamlines Course With MindTap [SUCCESS STREADY]

Reading Time: 1 Minute. Instructors can find it difficult to use online learning technology. Professor Alex Mata began teaching Communication Studies online classes. She found that she spent more time uploading videos and creating quizzes than creating engaging activities or nurturing student success. This was before MindTap offered simple solutions.
Mata didn’t have one place to store all her digital course materials before MindTap. She now has one place for students to find all the information they need. Mata also discovered that MindTap’s low-stakes practice assignments helped her students get better grades.
“Cengage has allowed me to save time so that my focus is on giving meaningful assignments rather than trying to manage an internet platform.” – Alex Mata
Check out this case study to learn more about MindTap’s impact on Professor Alex Mata’s teaching style.

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Professor Corinne Hoisington’s Favorite Online Teaching Tool

Corinne Hoisington is the Professor of Information Systems Technology at Central Virginia Community College.
It sounds like many of us will be able to connect remotely with our students or higher education colleagues this fall. One of the biggest challenges is making these remote interactions feel more like in-person classes. PowerPoint Live is my solution!
PowerPoint Live is a hot topic for both education and enterprise organizations. It can be used to enhance in-person events such as lectures, corporate all hands and town halls. The world has changed a lot since 2020. (Yes, your eyes rolled.) This has been hard on us all–our students as well as our faculty would love to have some normalcy. Here are the reasons I am excited about this tool and how it will benefit students and faculty:
PowerPoint Live: All Course Formats Available
PowerPoint Live is available to everyone in the audience. Students can connect from any device (laptops, tablets, or phones) and follow along with the presentation.
Students can also navigate through slides at their own pace, without affecting the presenter. The audience can give instant feedback to the presenter via live reactions (emojis) and comment or rate the presentation at end.
All these capabilities are possible with the power and flexibility of artificial intelligence (AI). Anyone can enable live subtitles in any language on their device using the power of AI. This is a great way to support people with hearing impairments and breaks down language barriers to encourage inclusion and engagement. You can see that your eyes have stopped rolling.
PowerPoint Live: Post-Session Perks
Audience members can give feedback to the presenter by filling out an optional survey powered Microsoft Forms. This will allow the presenter to receive responses and make suggestions on how to improve his presentation skills.
If someone joins the presentation after the deadline, they will see the captions and the transcripts along with the slides before them. Live Presentations allows everyone to navigate the deck independently, so they can spend more time on each slide if they miss something.
Any member of the audience can express themselves in real-time using Live Reactions. This not only ensures everyone is included in the presentation but also provides valuable information for the presenter about how the presentation is received.
How to Present Live in PowerPoint
How do you present live in PowerPoint? Here’s a quick overview of what you need to know:
Open your browser, and go to Office.com
Log in to your school’s email address and choose PowerPoint. You must use PowerPoint online. Present Live in Microsoft Teams is also available.
Presenters must have a Microsoft 365 subscription to use Live Presentations. To participate in Live Presentations, audience members do not need a subscription. Presenters cannot use Safari at the moment. However, it works fine for audience members.
How to Use PowerPoint Live
These are the quick steps to get you started.
Live Presentations can be used by opening your PowerPoint slide deck in PowerPoint for web and going to the Slide Show tab.
First, check your audience setting. To select who should be able connect to this presentation, click the drop arrow beside Present Live.
Next, choose Present Live. Your presentation will start with a screen showing a customized QR code. You can also launch your Live presentation using the slideshow toolbar.
Your audience can point their devices cameras at the QR code and tap the link that appears above the QR code. PowerPoint Live will load your presentation into their web browser. They don’t need to install anything. After your audience loads the presentation, they will see your spoken words displayed on the screen in almost real-time. This is especially useful in situations where the acoustics are poor or if your audience members have difficulty hearing.
Watch and bookmark the video demo by Corinne to see PowerPoint Live in action.

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