ERIC Number: ED395336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-18
Reference Count: N/A
Convention Planning: Enriching the Senior Experience with an Applied Communication Class.
Muir, Janette Kenner
When an instructor was asked to serve as the second vice president for the Eastern Communication Association, she found ways to incorporate her students into the process of convention planning. To assist her in her duties she developed a special topics course in applied communication that required the students to carry out much of the work for the convention. The objectives of the planning class were as follows: (1) to provide students with an opportunity to prepare for and to attend a regional conference; (2) to enable students to develop skills in fund raising, public relations, and human relations; (3) to create outlets for students to create materials in advertising, news releases, layout and displays. The course was also designed to incorporate teamwork, creativity, and many communication skills. The course met once a week and consisted of discussion about convention planning, talks from guest speakers, and opportunities for students to work in their teams. These teams were organized according to topics such as receptions, hospitality, publicity, registration, and audio-visual management. The students responded to the challenge. The groups coalesced into teams that could think and handle numerous problems quickly. Their evaluations of the course testified to how successful an experience it was for them. A one-page course description, tentative schedule, team work and group report assignment, writing assignment, and conference organization chart are included. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Applied Communication; Professional Meetings
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).