What makes the CESTEMER community unique are all of the outstanding participants who boldly cross disciplinary lines in their work, while creating and sharing all of the fun that can be along the way. Here we highlight many of these individuals with the CESTEMER Speaker Spotlights Series, where we’ve asked presenters from CESTEMER 17 and CESTEMER 19 to answer a few questions about what excites them about our community and the intersection with their passions.
What drew you to become part of the CESTEMER community?
I had started a collaboration with Nancy Watt (https://nancywattcomm.com/improvPHYSation), and Nancy found out about ImprovScience and CESTEMER and I instantly wanted to participate.
If you can narrow down the experience of CESTEMER 2017 to one big takeaway, what would it be? What was most gratifying?
CESTEMER is the ultimate participant-centered conference: we were truly all engaged and learning with and from each other. I’ve worked to improve learning through evidence-validated learner-centered approaches in higher education, and it’s amazing to experience active learning implemented so well in a conference setting.
What is a piece of advice you would give to someone attending CESTEMER for the first time?
Ask questions and connect with as many people as you can. If you tend to listen more than you talk, talk more. If you tend to talk more than you listen, listen more.
What are you most excited about experiencing with CESTEMER 2019?
I’m excited to get to see my fellow CESTEMERians in person again (after keeping in touch via web-meetings for the past two years), and to welcome new people to CESTEMER and see what we co-create, discover and learn together.
What are some ways people can get connected to you and your work? (i.e. website, social media, etc.)