ERIC Number: ED344267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Learn by Doing: Practical Applications On and Off Campus.
Zeuschner, Raymond Bud
Speech communication students and faculty at California Polytechnic State University, where the university motto is "Learn by Doing," take their skills and training beyond the classroom and reach out to diverse audiences by doing speaking. Members of the "student host" corps need to be quick, prepared and diplomatic as they greet visitors and conduct tours of the campus. Communication faculty offer workshops in communication skills for students from other majors and schools on campus. Faculty also serve as trainers and developers for faculty in other departments, especially to colleagues from business and agriculture. Students engage in a campus speech tournament. Every student at Cal Poly must complete a senior project--a culminating activity of some sort related to the major. Often conducted off campus, the senior project serves as a bridge from campus to community applications. One student is involved in the Academic Decathlon program, coaching students from a small local high school on interview and speaking skills. Other off campus projects include doing personnel audits for local businesses, developing high school speech communication activities workbooks, and presenting Lincoln-Douglas debates at local service and civic clubs. These "learn by doing" activities present an opportunity for students and faculty to reach out beyond the classroom and apply what they have learned in the classroom to the larger community. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California Polytechnic State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).