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ERIC Number: ED404697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov-24
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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The Challenges of the 21st Century: Continued Evolution of the Hybrid Course.
Hugenberg, Lawrence W.
The hybrid basic communication course is a popular alternative to a straight public speaking course. The strengths of the hybrid communication course are in the breadth of coverage of communication skills in the course, its comprehensive orientation to teaching multiple communication skills, and its potential to provide students with opportunities to learn different skills for differing communication situations. The necessity of identifying and then teaching appropriate communication competencies to students is the central role for faculty in basic communication courses. A lack of research has been and continues to be the major downfall for the ongoing development of a coherent, research-based basic course program on any campus. Some major concerns are maintaining consistency across sections of the basic course, the size of the classes, the amount of time available for assignments, and support budget for the course. Research must be conducted on what is done in the basic course, specifically the hybrid course. Perhaps nothing has the potential to impact on the hybrid course (and other basic communication courses) more than the continuing evolution of new technologies. To assess students' competencies in the hybrid course, instructors and course directors need specific measures that are both valid and reliable. Using the best instructors to teach basic communication courses and conducting research on the basic communication course are essential as educators move towards and into the 21st century. (Contains 22 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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