ERIC Number: ED456464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Communication Labs Enhance Student Learning and Promote Awareness of the Discipline.
Morreale, Sherwyn P.
The use of a communication laboratory to support instruction in higher education is increasing in popularity. While enhancing communication education for majors and non-majors, a "comm lab" also promotes campus awareness and enhances the reputation of the communication department. The communication discipline lends itself to this form of pedagogy, using lectures and discussion to develop students' knowledge of communication, and a laboratory to support attitudinal change and skills development. National Communication Association members were surveyed about the presence of a comm lab on their campuses. Faculty from 10 campuses (Columbus State University, East Tennessee State University, Golden West College, Ithaca College, Luther College, San Jose State University, College of San Mateo, College of William and Mary, Southwest Texas State University, and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs) provided information on their lab-based programs and described the advantages and challenges of having such a lab. Some hints for starting up and running a communication lab include: involve as many communication faculty as possible; involve students in the lab; develop and provide lab-based instructional modules; promote the lab extensively on campus; and document and assess everything. (NKA)
Descriptors: Educational Benefits, Educational Research, Higher Education, Speech Communication, Teacher Surveys
National Communication Association, 1765 N. St. NW, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-464-4622; Fax: 202-464-4600. For full text: http://www.natcom.org/Instruction/Resources/commlabs1098.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Communication Association, Annandale, VA.