Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) viewers may have seen a series of new promotional videos featured on the television station, one of which highlights University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast social work instructor Karen Aderer and her use of PBS in the classroom.
Using PBS programming to provide real life examples to her students, Aderer says she finds this method makes for more engaged students, as well as interesting and lively conversations in the classroom. Aderer added that the programming examples are what students could expect to see in real social work practices, which helps to reinforce what students are learning.
“I hope the video brings awareness of the value in using PBS programming in the classroom,” said Aderer. “Students want to learn about what is relevant, interesting, and current. They want to know the lessons they are being taught will help them in whichever career path they take.”
“I have found that infusing classes with documentaries, news clips, and other media helps to keep students engaged. The best part is that PBS resources are professionally produced, unbiased, of academic quality, and cover a vast range of topics.”
Replying to a post on PBS’ Facebook page, Aderer informed the educational medium exactly how their programming was making a difference in people’s lives. Not much time passed before she was contacted by a director for an interview, which led to her selection as a recently filmed viewer testimonial.
PBS filmed a total of 15 viewer testimonials that have been provided to member stations to play during programming breaks. Being featured in the promotional videos, Aderer is among compelling testimonials showing how PBS has helped people develop rich life experiences.
Aderer’s students also took part in the promotional video as they were filmed during class at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. The television spot features the class of 24 undergraduate social work students, as well as a classroom in the university’s new historically restored Lloyd Hall.
Considered “America’s largest classroom,” PBS and its member stations are described as the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world. Aderer hopes her love of PBS has passed on to her students.
“This was a really fun and exciting opportunity to support a nonprofit organization that I believe in,” said Aderer. “It is my hope that this video shows the rest of America our beautiful Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, professional faculty and the intelligence of our highly motivated students.”