General Education Instructor
The Art Institute of Colorado
Any career requires effective communication skills. Lana Ludwig , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of Colorado
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
Although not a creative professional in the true sense of the word, my background and my experience teaching in K-12 and in higher education prepared me to work with a variety of learners. As a general education instructor, I love working with students from all programs as they prepare to become creative professionals.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
I regularly participate in various professional development opportunities, and incorporate those into classroom activities.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
Student-centered projects are an important part of the teaching and mentoring process. They’re often nervous about learning a new language, or brushing up on their skills. I encourage them to practice, and stress that mistakes are to be expected.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?
When students collaborate—specifically with those from different programs—they’re able to observe different perspectives and broaden their own horizons. They can then apply what they’ve learned to their field.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
You may have good skills, but you have to polish those skills to succeed in any profession. Any career requires effective communication skills.