ERIC Number: ED253917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Staffing the Basic Public Speaking Course: An Evaluation of an Undergraduate Facilitator Program.
Morlan, Don B.
Faced with pragmatic concerns such as the declining economy, university support, and increasing student enrollment, the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Dayton (Ohio) during the 1978-79 academic year was compelled to consider alternatives to the traditional method of using full-time faculty to instruct the basic public speaking course. While several alternative instructional methods were considered, the department elected to employ undergraduate communication majors as facilitators in the basic course. Three factors influenced this decision: the increase in communication majors and the subsequent shortage of full-time faculty members, the potential for overreliance on part-time faculty, and the unavailability of graduate teaching assistants. Having met stringent selection criteria, those students chosen as facilitators were required to undergo training during the spring semester of their junior year. Course and instructor evaluations did not reveal significant differences between the evaluations of the facilitators and full-time faculty, part-time faculty, or graduate teaching assistants. After four years of use, the undergraduate facilitator program has provided the department with reductions in operating expenses, decreased dependence on part-time staff, and an opportunity to allow undergraduate students a tremendous educational experience.(HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Facilitators; University of Dayton OH