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Day 11/90 – Last Lecture

Day 11 of the 90 Days of Awesome is in the bank! What made today awesome? I gave the last lecture to my class.

Almost There, Day 228 of 365 by DieselDemon from Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Almost There, Day 228 of 365 by DieselDemon from Flickr (Creative Commons License)

For the last 10 weeks, I’ve been teaching a media business aw class at the Art Institute of Phoenix. Tonight with my last lecture. Their final is next week.

My goal for this class was to help these professional artists develop a working knowledge of copyright, trademark, contracts, and the legalities of running a business. I hope they will be able to have intelligent conversations with their clients and employers about their rights and to know when to call a lawyer for help.

Looking back on this semester, many students told me they were dreading this class because they feared it would be boring and they were pleased to learn that those fears were unwarranted. Many of them remarked that they learned a lot from being in the class and that it should be a required course for all art students. (I agree!) According to my students, several of their classmates were disappointed to learn that I will not be returning to teach this course again. (I have too many obligations that prohibit me from making the commitment necessary to be an adjunct professor. However, I hope to be invited back to the school as a guest speaker in the future.)

One of my students told me tonight that another student in the school who wasn’t in my class asked for a copy of her notes. Another student added that her employer asked for her class notes. I really enjoy a being in an instructor-type role and hearing that the knowledge I impart to my students/audience is being passed on to even more people.

At the end of class tonight, one of my students gave me a thumbs up as he headed out the door. It gives me a deep sense of satisfaction knowing that I’ve helped these 13 students be more effective in their professional lives.

In case you missed it: Day 10 of the 90 Days of Awesome – Tweaking my Terms of Service for Good!