Curriculum Design

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“Elizabeth has been a truly exemplary facilitator for CONNECT, the communication training program in the Engineering School at the Cooper Union. She was a major contributor to the effectiveness of CONNECT in its early years, receiving among the highest long-term ratings of any our facilitators.”

— John Osburn hello Associate Director of CONNECT at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

The Cooper Union, CONNECT program

CLIENT:

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, ranked by US News as one of the top private colleges in the country

CHALLENGE:

To develop for Cooper’s nascent communications training program CONNECT, content development programming to assist students in the creation of well organized, persuasive material for both in-class and professional presentations

SOLUTION:

Elements of Communication: Content, a targeted, school-relevant workshop where students are trained in the use of Focus Notes, an easy-to-use tool for organizing material efficiently, logically and persuasively, with an emphasis on how best to meet the needs and expectations of a given audience in relation to a particular topic.

MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

Focus Notes enable students to organize and articulate their ideas succinctly and persuasively, while serving as both a memory device and reference notes. Often the students labor over points that are not critical to their argument, adding in extraneous visuals, and ultimately losing sight of their original purpose, as well as the audience’s attention. Focus Notes encourage students to clarify their key premise or argument, and the points necessary to back it up,  while decreasing dramatically the time involved in creating the presentation.

“Elizabeth Kemler is a passionate and talented educator, curriculum developer and author. She is always a pleasure to work with. Her collaborative, detail-oriented and responsive interactions ensure timely delivery of project milestones and successful implementation of newly created curriculum materials.”

Amanda Lynne Smith Dean of Curriculum at Ultimate Medical Academy

“Key to her success in the communication field is the fact that Elizabeth is a superb communicator in her own right. Our students consistently reported that she provides a clear sense of both how skills can be improved and why they are important in both school and work. She has always worked well with faculty and brings passion and idealism to everything she does.”

John Osburn Associate Director of CONNECT at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

“Working with Elizabeth has always been inspiring. The most enduring quality I have come to appreciate about her is her resiliency – a determination and willingness to return to the project, curriculum, or situation in order to more fully manifest the intentions and goals originally articulated. At the same time, she is capable of adapting, re-evaluating, and transforming a set of intentions to more fully meet the needs of those being served.”

Eliza Ladd Theater Professor & TBLS Trainer

“I saw a dramatic improvement in the quality of both my presentation skills and content in a remarkably short period of time. I cannot recommend Elizabeth highly enough.”

Thomas Zweifel CEO, Swiss Consulting Group & Professor, Columbia University

“I’d recommend Elizabeth to any company looking to improve the performance of their staff when it counts most – first impressions in front of customers, potential customers or investors!”

Todd Wiseman Senior Director of Sales & Business Development, KAYGEN