Personality as a Remote Motivational “Tool”

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About this talk:

Dr. Harjes talks about how to bring in herself and her personality as motivational “tools” to enhance her presence as an instructor; she also distinguishes her UC Davis course from run-of-the-mill online courses, commercial and otherwise. Dr. Harjes discusses motivating students to stay focused and attentive, including by bringing back instructional elements that she relied on before Zoom, including voice and volume modulations, appearance, body language, and facial expressions. You are invited to this discussion on how to “translate” the self to online and hybrid formats.

About the presenter:


Dr. Kirsten Harjes grew up in Bremen, Germany, and earned a teaching degree in Germanic and Romance languages from the Universität Göttingen. She emigrated to the US and spent four years in New York working for the United Nations Population Fund before entering the Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley, graduating in 2001. Since 2003, Dr. Harjes has been teaching history, literature, film, and language classes mostly for the UC Davis German undergraduate program, the film and the medieval studies programs, summer school, and the Master’s program in public history at CSU Sacramento. Dr. Harjes has also been the Language Program Coordinator for the Department of German & Russian since 2017.

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