ERIC Number: ED432022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
"The 'Mouse' That Roared": Using Computer Labs for Basic Course Group Projects.
O'Connor, Penny; Chatham-Carpenter, April
One of the challenges in teaching a hybrid Basic Course in Communication is the wide variety of topics that can be covered in one semester. Two basic course instructors have found that their recently opened Basic Course computer lab gave them the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary assignments to help more efficiently address various communication contexts and topics in the basic course. This paper tells about one such assignment found to be successful in introducing students to group communication concepts, different cultures, relevant technological applications, and multi-media presentation tools. The paper: (1) outlines the basic assignment and explains two "tracks" for the project they tried (i.e., presenting intercultural group topics using multi-media, presentation tools; teaching some technological application as a group); (2) discusses results and outcomes of doing this assignment over two semesters; and (3) provides recommendations for others planning to utilize similar assignments. Appendixes contain a list of computer lab hardware and software; a group decision-making assignment; instructions for a group analysis paper; and a group discussion evaluation form. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (84th, New York, NY, November 21-24, 1998).