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Putting the Pro in Programming

Programming is simple if you follow these simple steps...

Jacob Knight

on 13 August 2012

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Putting the "Pro" in Programming So what is a program? By Jacob Knight and Chris Pahl By the time this presentation is over, you should: Know how to successful plan and faciliate a program Know the purpose and goals of programming Be able to create a program for YOUR community Programming is an to enhance the experience of your residents through meeting their and the outcomes they want to take out of their college experience. Through programming we provide experiences which help our residents grow and as individuals. Programs may them, challenge their views and way of thinking, or provide them with an opportunity to become more within the building and greater campus community. opportunity needs So what can you do a program about? . . . . . . Social Connections Academics Health and Wellness Social Justice/Diversity Education Citizenship and Community Service Anything! What are the goals of programming? To promote self-discovery To provide an outlet for the release of emotions and to maintain or develop physical fitness To engage students in their own learning To educate and inform students To develop a sense of community on a residence hall floor or in a residence hall To help residents improve interpersonal and social skills To provide opportunities for students to expand their social acquaintances and friendships develop educate involved Follow These 10 Steps and You'll be Programming in No Time Alright, that should cover our first learning objective... Notice these key terms: Let's learn how to plan and facilitate a program! Step 1 Assess the Residents Needs
Step 2 Set Objectives for the Program
Step 3 Involve Others
Step 4 Pre-program Planning
Step 5 Plan the Program
Step 6 Publicity
Step 7 Final Checklist
Step 8 The Day of the Program
Step 9 At the Program
Step 10 After the Program Assessing Resident's needs can be done in one of two different ways: Formal Assessment Informal Assessment or Use your senses:
What do you hear them talking about?
What do you see them doing?
What do you smell?
How are residents feeling? Maybe they need something fun or motivational!
Taste is easy, everyone loves food!
What programs have been well attended in the past?
What programs have other RAs done that were successful? Use existing survey results.
We do many surveys each year like the resident satisfaction surveys.
What needs did you see in the results?
Design your own survey.
Have residents pick from options you choose.
Ask open ended questions like, what would you like to see happen in our community this month? Set Objectives for the Program
If you're doing something educational, what will they learn by the time the program is over?
How will you make your program interesting to everyone? (Would you attend your program if you were a resident?) Involve Others Utilize Resources Is there an expert on campus who can help you out? Have community members present the program Partner with Hall Council or other RAs Utilize groups with their own supplies:
Counseling Center Ask yourself the 5 W’s
What will you do?
Why do this program?
Who should attend?
Where will it take place?
When will it occur? Give your program a catchy name!
Residents are curious, if it has a catchy name they might come just to see what you're actually doing (i.e. "Sex and Banana Splits" or "Kegger in the Quad" or "Go Fish for Gold Fish") Whatever you do, don't use program in the title. Some residents won't attend if you do! Create an Outline:
Know everything you want to present
Know who will present what if you are partnering with a speaker or another RA
If you're doing an activity, have instructions and make sure you know what you're doing! Some of the best programs use guests in unexpected ways:
Have them join a game or sport like Ultimate Frisbee or Trivial Pursuit
Let them be a guest judge! Effective Advertisement is…
Posted 5-7 days before the event
Removed immediately after the program Types of Advertisements:
Printed Advertisements (Flyers/Posters, Table Tents, Mailbox Stuffers, etc.)
Word of Mouth/Facebook
Giveaways/Door Decs Don’t Forget to Include the 5 W’s on your advertisements. If residents don't know when or where the program is, they won't attend even if they want to! Make a Checklist! Know what you need:
Things to be Purchased
Hall or Desk Supplies
Copies Know what you need to do:
Make Room Reservations
Schedule Presenters On the Day of the Program: Show up early! Set up the room! KNOW YOUR TECHNOLOGY! Try to Relax! and most importantly... HAVE FUN!!! At the program, don't forget to:
Introduce Your Topic
Introduce Your Speaker
Answer Questions After the Program Evaluate based on your objectives
Clean up after yourself and your residents
Thank those who helped out! Now you know how to do a program! But wait... you're forgetting a tiny detail about this presentation... You have Homework: Tonight, from 6:00-8:00 PM, you are going to divide into two groups and plan a program. You must:
Set Objectives for your Program
Name your program and create two forms of publicity
Everyone in your group must participate in some way so plan out who is going to do what
Create your checklist and present it to your ARD/RD/CD for inspection

Once your checklist has been approved, you are done for tonight. Tomorrow night from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, the two groups are going to take turns and present their programs to each other! HAVE FUN! Special Thanks to Sara Harrison, our 2010 ACUHO-I Intern for her contributions to this presentation!
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