ERIC Number: EJ888782
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 4
Long-Term, Non-Computer, Communication Simulations as Course Integration Activities
Hamilton, James P.
Communication Teacher, v22 n1 p6-9 Jan 2008
This article offers a few guidelines for constructing effective simulations. It presents a sample class activity called simulated public hearing which aims to integrate the various elements of a public speaking course into a more comprehensive whole. Properly designed, simulated hearings have elements of persuasive, informative, and impromptu speaking, debate, communication ethics, group dynamics, problem-solving, interviewing, and research methods. Unlike virtual computer simulations, these simulations require real resources, institutions, and people. This is a plus, since no computer simulation can plan for all interactive eventualities. In addition, student perceptions of realism and the extent to which they feel they have learned are strongly related.
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Simulation, Group Dynamics, Integrated Activities, Guidelines, Class Activities, Hearings, Case Method (Teaching Technique), Instructional Design, Communication (Thought Transfer), Teaching Models
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Education Level: Higher Education
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