As an educator within a post-secondary environment, I know that teaching can often feel like an isolated act. We quickly enter and exit our classrooms and offices, rush through meetings, and barely have time to exchange ideas, share frustrations and joys and just generally “be” with our colleagues.
This blog is therefore intended to be a resource and a quick point of ideas and inspiration. It is designed for instructors teaching an Introduction to HR course, which is typically part of the first year curriculum in many business certificate, diploma and degree programs. Instructors range from those who have been teaching for many years (not old, but “seasoned,” as I like to call myself), to those who teach part-time, to those who are just beginning to get their feet wet as teachers. As such, our goal is to reach out and assist the diverse group of people who teach an Introduction to HR course. Eileen Stewart (co-author of Essentials of Managing Human Resources (6th Canadian Edition) and I look forward to writing and sharing our thoughts and ideas with you through this site.
The blog will contain updates regarding current HR topics and how you could use and incorporate these into your lectures, classroom activities and assessments. As well, teaching ideas and inspiration will be provided. The intention is for each blog post to be a quick resource for instructors to access when they need ideas, motivation, inspiration and assistance. Technical examples, articles and current scenarios will be provided at times, while other posts will be more light-hearted or provide musings and considerations which hopefully assist you in your own reflection and thinking about the craft of teaching. Teaching tips and thoughts on how to bring “HR to life” will be shared. While more informal in nature, this blog is not intended to be an academic database, but rather a quick resource and point of reference for Introduction to HR instructors.
As we know, the typical Introduction to HR class is mainly filled with students who are not, nor never will be, HR majors. As such, I have heard from instructors that they struggle with ways to motivate and engage such a diverse group of students. Therefore, this blog will be a resource and source of support, specifically for those who are teaching an Introduction to HR course and therefore a diverse and complex group of students. As ideas, examples and experiences are shared, I hope that this blog will remind you of your critical role as an educator and that you are truly not alone, but are part of a larger, caring, important community.
In learning and shared community,
Dr. Melanie Peacock