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MacArthur, Brenda L.; Lindenfeld, Laura A.; Aurbach, Elyse L.; Bevan, Bronwyn; Newman, Todd P. – Communication Center Journal, 2020
Science communication that fosters shared understanding, co-creation of meaning, and prompts large-scale change, is far from a one-way transmission of information. Rather, it is a multifaceted system that integrates different forms of knowledge and ways of knowing, attends to the complexity of social and environmental challenges, and conveys…
Descriptors: Science and Society, Technical Writing, Information Dissemination, Scientists
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Nejezchleb, Amy – Communication Center Journal, 2020
The Coronavirus has laid bare what unequal technology access looks like in the United States. Conversely, the phone's consistency and richness offers college students a way to bridge the digital divide. The irony of returning to old technology like telephony is not lost on communication centers in 2020, yet if everyone is to access education…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Disadvantaged, Tutoring, Tutors
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Harrison, Erin Ellis; Myrick, Caroline – Communication Center Journal, 2020
Communication centers often focus on supporting students' communicative competencies in public speaking but some centers have expanded this focus to include support for English language learners (ELLs). Armed with research on the value of conversation in language acquisition, the University Speaking Center has incorporated peer consulting of ELLs,…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Universities, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Ladva, Nimisha – Communication Center Journal, 2020
Given the continuing harm that racism produces in the U.S. and the world, as well as the increased interest in anti-racist work, this paper asks: Is the work of the communication center racist? In the absence of an anti-racist praxis in every hire, in every tutoring session, in every workshop, in every training, the short answer is…
Descriptors: Academic Support Services, Communication (Thought Transfer), Communication Skills, Racial Discrimination
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Strawser, Michael G.; Apostel, Shawn; Carpenter, Russell; Cuny, Kimberly M.; Dvorak, Kevin; Head, Karen – Communication Center Journal, 2020
Communication centers exist primarily as a complementary student service (Strawser, Apostel, Carpenter, Cuny, Dvorak, & Head, 2019). As an integral campus student services, centers must place an overarching emphasis on student engagement. Student engagement, according to NSSE, is the time and effort students put into their educational…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Learner Engagement, Academic Support Services, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Benedict, Bailey C.; Shields, Ashleigh N.; Wieland, Maureen; Hall, Jennifer – Communication Center Journal, 2020
This paper explores students' experiences with communication centers and offers recommendations for new and expanding communication centers. We combine empirical research conducted on student reflection forms with our own insight as tutors, instructors, and directors and with existing literature to offer considerations for enhancing the services…
Descriptors: Academic Support Services, Communication (Thought Transfer), Public Speaking, Communication Skills
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Harrison, Abigail; Southard, Jenny M.; Cuny, Kimberly M. – Communication Center Journal, 2019
The UNC-Greensboro Speaking Center (SC) acknowledges the growing impact of social media as a means of sharing information, connecting with stakeholders, and fostering a community of practice. In this study, we review the history of social media integration into our center. After securing a presence primarily on multiple platforms, we shifted our…
Descriptors: Social Media, Communication (Thought Transfer), Information Dissemination, Marketing
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Bryant, Adrian; Bianco, Darian; Riddell, Kaisee; Gardner, Abby; Vaught, Jessica; Carpenter, Russell – Communication Center Journal, 2019
Communication centers often develop a social media presence to engage with audiences about services, programs, and strategies. Twitter, as a popular social media platform, has been adopted by many communication centers. In this article, researchers from the Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) Noel Studio for Academic Creativity share strategies,…
Descriptors: Social Media, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Best Practices
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Schwartzman, Roy; Kirchoff, Bruce K.; Cuny, Kimberly M. – Communication Center Journal, 2019
The communicative relationships between scientists and audiences they address beyond their specialized fields have become increasingly strained. These fractures result not simply from an ill-informed lay public, but from deeper trepidation about the ethos of science. This forum offers three distinct, yet intertwined, interdisciplinary perspectives…
Descriptors: Academic Support Services, Interpersonal Communication, Communication (Thought Transfer), Sciences
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Crowley-Watson, Megan – Communication Center Journal, 2019
In an attempt to increase writing center attendance and overall retention, a social media strategy was put into place in the Spring 2019 semester at Edward Waters College, an HBCU in Jacksonville, FL, and continued through the summer. In this case study, the choice of social media platforms is considered, including what platforms the Writing…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, Writing (Composition), Laboratories, Social Media
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Ray, Rebecca – Communication Center Journal, 2019
As a graduate assistant at the University Speaking Center (USC), Rebecca Ray investigated the ways how the diverse staff works together cohesively to be both fascinating and effective. She conducted two different focus groups at the USC during downtime to create an open dialogue for learning about what makes us diverse. She found that diversity is…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Academic Support Services, Diversity (Institutional), Student Employment
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Moss, Troy – Communication Center Journal, 2019
Power is a complicated and uncomfortable topic that affects everyone to varying degrees. A traditional view of power would be a force that someone wields over others. However, Michel Foucault's view of power turns it into a relationship between two or more individuals that becomes quite liberating (1994). Through power-relationships, freedom of…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Teaching Methods, Communication Skills, Power Structure
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Stomp, Kara – Communication Center Journal, 2019
This paper looks at a mid-size state university's speaking center. At this speaking center, managing peers oversee consultants for hour-long shifts, and those who work together during these hour-long shifts are referred to as shift families. These families remain the same for the entire semester, and so effective personal communication between…
Descriptors: Academic Support Services, Communication (Thought Transfer), Personnel Management, Persuasive Discourse
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Clements, Meredith L.; Foltz, Kristen A.; Gullo, Sophia – Communication Center Journal, 2019
Instagram is one of the most widely used social networking sites for college students (Smith & Anderson, 2018). But using a medium because it is popular does not equate to effective use. During 2018-2019, The University of Tampa's Center for Public Speaking performed an 11-month case study to assess our use of Instagram to examine whether it…
Descriptors: Social Media, Public Speaking, College Students, Communication Skills
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Truman, James – Communication Center Journal, 2019
Because social media is a significant factor in how students and faculty in higher education engage with the world, it is important for communication centers to consider this medium as a method to meet those audiences where they are. While there are challenges to creating a social media presence, this article argues that engaging your tutors in…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Academic Support Services, Social Media, Student Employment
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