I recently read a keynote address delivered at the 2010 conference of the BioCommunications Association. It was given by Domenic Screnci, Executive Director for Educational Media & Technology at Boston University. In his address he reflected on the field of biocommunication and how biocommunicators each rely upon a unique set of skills that took them years to acquire.
Everyone reading this is involved in biocommunication in one way or another and we all have an interest in using visual forms of communication. In his presentation, Screnci (2010) reflects upon the many jobs he had that contributed to his becoming a medical photographer. This made me wonder… How did we all get here? How did we become biocommunicators with a keen interest in plants and imagery?
I thought I would pose this question in this week’s teaching and learning column.
Let’s talk. I’ll start…
In hindsight, I can now see that my experiences as a biocommunicator began 30 years ago when I worked in a college zoology lab. I used to travel to classrooms with the animals and give naturalist talks. This was followed by teaching experiences in K-8 classrooms and in college classrooms. My graduate research made me more aware of how people learn and how they make meaning. Wrap these experiences up with explorations into authentic interests such as cartography, children’s literature, books, plants, history, botanical illustration, journalism, informal education and other life experiences and you get AP.
How did you become a biocommunicator?
Briefly share your story. Please provide at least your first name so we know how to address you. You don’t have to post your last name.
Screnci, Domenic. 2010. Darwin and the Survival of the BioCommunicator. Journal of BioCommunication. 36(2): E57-E63