Monthly Archives: March 2020

First day of the quarter!

Today is the first day of classes at UC Davis, spring quarter. It feels good to get back into the swing of things — at least somewhat. I know it is a different experience than what many students, faculty, and staff had anticipated, but I am looking forward to learning new things and to looking at old things in new ways.

Speaking of old things, I am tired of the way this blog looks. I’ve had this blog for quite awhile, dormant as it may have been. But now that I am picking it back up and dusting it off I need to give it a reboot, too. This theme isn’t working for me anymore (Coraline) and I need some suggestions. If anyone has a favorite theme, please let me know. I also am tired of this cover art (from a trip to CNN a few years ago) and this head shot. It’s all got to go. So, I will be trying to revive this blog during all this time at home.

Communication Campaigns 
Professor Hether 
Spring 2020

This quarter I am teaching two classes: Communication Campaigns and a first-year seminar on creativity. I am looking forward to both of them. Today was the first day of Campaigns. I know students are just getting up and running but I think we are going to have a great term, designing a campaign for a “real” off-campus Client.

My creativity seminar gets going later this week and I am looking forward to this opportunity to discuss creativity — how do we get more of it? Where does inspiration come from? How can we nurture it? What are the habits of creative people? And so much more. We’ll also have the opportunity to nurture our own creative impulses through weekly creative challenges. I think this course will be a really healthy outlet while we are all confined at home and we are surely all looking for outlets for self-expression.

Hope your week is off to a great start.

Looking forward to this quarter!

I’m looking forward to the new school quarter beginning tomorrow!

Yes, things are different now than previously planned. We have moved all of our courses online. Yes, it’s a major shift in how I have been teaching and it requires a lot of adjustments from faculty and students. However, I think shaking things up now and again is ultimately good for all of us. (This is, of course, notwithstanding the public health crisis we’re all dealing with. I think we can all agree that we would rather have avoided the lessons we are so painfully learning right now through this health crisis.)

In the context of teaching and learning, however, delivering our classes online requires us to rethink what we’ve been doing and why and to reconsider how we can best support student learning in a new channel. I keep thinking about the lessons we learn in crisis communication: within every crisis the silver lining is that it causes organizations and individuals to rethink how they’ve been doing things and how they might do them better in the future.

This term I’m teaching Communication Campaigns and a First-year seminar on creativity. I’m looking forward to both courses as we’ll be doing some new and different things in each class. I will continue blogging here to share what we’re doing and how it’s going. I hope you’ll join me for the ride!

Back in the groove

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted to this blog, but now seems like a great time to dust it off and start using again. It’s been awhile, and things on WordPress are different, but let’s see if I can get this thing back up and running.

At every educational level, instructors are moving their courses online. At UC Davis, starting with final exams for Winter Quarter, we have shifted to an online format. Spring quarter starts next week and I am in the midst of redesigning my courses for online delivery.

This will be an interesting challenge for us all. A chance to learn some new things and shake up our teaching and learning in all sorts of ways. In the process, I may just have to resurrect this blog as an anchor point of this new shift.

Stay tuned – and stay safe.