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Bowe, Brian J.; Blom, Robin; Davenport, Lucinda D. – Communication Teacher, 2020
Although most higher education programs include a capstone course to culminate the student experience, program directors disagree on what the experience should look like. Updating previous research, this study examined the main goals, teaching methods, and subject areas covered in journalism and mass communication capstone courses. It also…
Descriptors: Journalism Education, Mass Media, Capstone Experiences, Higher Education
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Cruz, Carlos – Communication Teacher, 2020
Rap music is an essential component of hip-hop culture and hip-hop pedagogy. The activity uses music, in particular hip-hop music, as a means of teaching the Johari Window. Students were required to complete the Johari Window panels (open, blind, hidden, unknown) using lyrics from popular songs. The article details this activity and its…
Descriptors: Music, Popular Culture, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Skills
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Hunter, Karla M.; Westwick, Joshua – Communication Teacher, 2020
Course: Small Group Communication. Objectives: Students will identify their personality traits; synthesize the relationship between personality, small-group interdependence, and grouphate; and apply collaborative skills and knowledge of individual personality differences in building small-group success.
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Group Dynamics, Personality Traits, Cooperation
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Lewis, Mel Michelle – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: This unit is intended for courses that center inquiries in critical communications, including communications studies, Africana studies, ethnic studies, and women, gender, and sexuality studies. Objectives: The purpose of this course is to illuminate silences around race, gender, and sexuality and interrogate absences in communication…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Sexual Identity, Human Body, Higher Education
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LeFebvre, Luke; LeFebvre, Leah; Anderson, Dale – Communication Teacher, 2019
This study examined the current operationalization of communication centers. Surveying center directors (N = 47), day-to-day operations were analyzed through descriptive statistics and thematic analysis. Specifically, directors provided responses about current institutional context and structure, services, training, marketing, challenges, and…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Higher Education, Two Year Colleges, Institutional Characteristics
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Berkelaar, Brenda L.; O'Connor, Erin A.; Schneider, Claire M. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Large-lecture; public speaking, business, professional, and technical communication; sales and marketing courses; courses with team-based projects. Objectives: To provide opportunities to develop public speaking skills, especially in large-lecture courses; to improve public speaking endurance; to improve students' abilities to give…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Communication Skills, Skill Development, Large Group Instruction
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Torres, David H.; Pruim, Douglas E. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Science communication, public speaking, technical communication, professional and/or management communication. Objectives: This activity about scientific and technical communication uses narrative principles to communicate complex information to broader audiences. Upon completion of the activity, students will be able to: (1) Explain the…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Communication Strategies, Public Speaking, Personal Narratives
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Martinez, Emilly K.; Hearit, Lauren Berkshire; Banerji, Devika; Gettings, Patricia E.; Buzzanell, Patrice M. – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication. Objectives: This activity encourages students to learn collaboratively about diversity through the sharing of student experiences; deepen and complicate their understanding of organizational diversity; and enhance their ability to apply course material to increasingly complex…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Consciousness Raising, Campuses, Problem Solving
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Mazer, Joseph P.; Dutchak, Iaroslava; Thatcher, Jason Bennett – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Undergraduate or graduate organizational/crisis communication or public relations courses. Objective: The goal for this single class activity is for students to apply discourse of renewal to an organizational crisis fueled through social media.
Descriptors: Social Media, Educational Legislation, Higher Education, Federal Legislation
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Justus, Z. S.; Weber, Lori; Mattor, Millie – Communication Teacher, 2016
This manuscript explains a civic engagement activity and presents assessment data on the activity.
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Student Reaction, Student Empowerment, Campuses
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Harris, Christopher S. – Communication Teacher, 2015
The semester-long activity described herein uses an integrated instructional approach to media studies to introduce students to the research method of qualitative content analysis and help them become more critically vigilant media consumers. The goal is to increase students' media literacy by guiding them in the design of an exploratory…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Media Literacy, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis
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McFall, Kevin Stanley; Morgan, Kate – Communication Teacher, 2013
The authors describe an assignment in which first-year university students develop a sense of community by discussing personally relevant topics via the shared experience enabled by the social media tools Twitter and Paper.li. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Cultural Awareness, First Year Seminars, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Miller, Ann Neville; McCain, Joan – Communication Teacher, 2012
Although a growing number of universities are mounting concentrations or degrees in health communication, the most common level of training offered in the subject is a single introductory course. Typically, prerequisites for these courses are an introduction to communication course and/or a communication theory course. This makes it challenging to…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Introductory Courses, Advertising, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Swenson-Lepper, Tammy – Communication Teacher, 2012
First-year students at many universities find themselves in new communities, with little understanding of how their new university, city, academic, or career communities function. Developing a student's sense of community can have long-term benefits. Using the theme of "Community" in the basic public speaking course provides students with…
Descriptors: Assignments, Public Speaking, Speech Skills, College Freshmen
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Colvin, Janet Weston; Tobler, Nancy – Communication Teacher, 2012
From the earliest roots of rhetoric, practitioners emphasized the need for analyzing one's audience before developing a speech. Textbooks for most basic public speaking courses spend at least one chapter discussing audience analysis. Authors discuss adapting messages to various demographic, cultural, and individual differences. As a result,…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Audiences, Audience Analysis, Public Speaking
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