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Miller, Katharine E.; Wieland, Maureen – Communication Teacher, 2019
We present an engaging and practical exercise in which graduate students grapple with metatheoretical perspectives often presented in their introduction to graduate studies or communication theory courses. To expand their understanding of and engagement with the major elements of the paradigms central to our field, students work in groups to apply…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Theories, College Instruction, Graduate Students
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Frisby, Brandi N. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Graduate courses are designed to help students learn discipline-specific knowledge, theories, and methods, but also to socialize them into the larger professional network. The awards assignment in this paper is designed to familiarize students with a wide variety of scholars and research within a field of study, to engage them creatively with…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Socialization, Awards, Networks
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Riforgiate, Sarah E. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Play provides an opportunity for students to learn information and concepts in an active format while facilitating different ways of learning. This puzzle activity is designed to increase student engagement, leverage different learning styles, help students make connections in communication theories, and enhance memory of important communication…
Descriptors: Puzzles, Teamwork, Communication (Thought Transfer), Active Learning
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Hanasono, Lisa K. – Communication Teacher, 2018
Courses: This single-class teaching activity was designed for courses on critical communication pedagogy (CCP), gender and race, communication education, research methods, and visual communication. Objectives: By completing this activity, students should be able to (1) describe the principles of CCP, (2) examine critically how race and gender are…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Textbook Content, Preservice Teacher Education, College Students
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Opt, Susan – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Conflict communication, negotiation, small group. Objective: This activity will enhance students' awareness and critique of their own negotiation behaviors. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: Simulation, Conflict, Communication (Thought Transfer), Class Activities
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Young, Lance Brendan – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Qualitative research methods, health communication, organizational communication, or any course that could incorporate advocacy or social change into the content area. Objectives: On completion of this assignment, students will (1) understand why and how action research is undertaken; (2) develop skill in perceiving and representing the…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Assignments, Student Research
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Linvill, Darren L.; Pyle, Andrew S. – Communication Teacher, 2017
Course: Civil discourse, argumentation, debate, persuasion, political communication. Objectives: This unit activity will help students build an understanding of civil discourse and its function in society. Students will: (1) increase their capacity to examine arguments critically, (2) enhance their own ability to self-reflect critically, and (3)…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Class Activities, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Hanasono, Lisa K. – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: This single-class teaching activity was designed for courses on public speaking, rhetorical criticism, and critical thinking. In addition, instructors can adapt this activity for online or face-to-face courses on intercultural communication, organizational communication, listening, and political communication. Objectives: By completing…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Class Activities, Rhetorical Criticism, Jargon
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Fuller, Ryan P. – Communication Teacher, 2016
Crises threaten high-priority goals of impacted organizations. In the field, trainings range from overviews of crisis plans to full-scale exercises that simulate a crisis. In the classroom, simulations engage multiple learning styles, and allow students to reflect on observations and provide recommendations. The objectives for this unit activity…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Learning Activities, Crisis Management, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Giovanelli, Marcello – Communication Teacher, 2016
Metaphor is generally understood as the process of understanding one thing in terms of another. The activity described here is designed to make use of the principles of embodied cognition and meaning, and specifically the embodied nature of metaphor, to explore political discourse and communication. With high-school junior or senior students in…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Politics, Nonverbal Communication, Learning Activities
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Klein, Adam – Communication Teacher, 2016
Courses: Media Criticism, Media and Society, and Media and Gender. Objectives: Students will gain a better understanding of how hegemony operates through culturally accepted norms that allow oppressive practices to endure in society. Students will then develop their own "culture jam" campaign to show them how counterhegemonic discourse…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Social Attitudes, Power Structure, Social Influences
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Wells, Celeste C. – Communication Teacher, 2016
Courses: Communication Criticism, Rhetorical Criticism, Introduction to Rhetoric, Introduction to Communication, Media Studies, and Persuasion courses. Objective: The aim of this activity is to introduce and explain the method of ideological criticism through commonplace advertising.
Descriptors: Criticism, Ideology, Teaching Methods, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Mino, Mary – Communication Teacher, 2014
Working effectively in groups is essential for college graduates (Hart Research Associates, 2013). University and college administrators have responded to this need by increasing the number of group communication courses by 25% (Bertelsen & Goodboy, 2009). However, it is the quality of course instruction that determines how well prepared…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), College Instruction, Group Activities, Class Activities
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Anderson, Betsy; Swenson, Rebecca; Kinsella, John – Communication Teacher, 2014
This article describes a realistic online crisis unit, in which students practice: (1) responding to fast-paced information on multiple social media channels; (2) coordinating and making team decisions; and (3) creating effective responses. These skills are required for entry-level positions such as digital specialists and community managers,…
Descriptors: Public Relations, Crisis Management, Communication (Thought Transfer), Social Networks
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Boyd, Josh; Morgan, Melanie; Ortiz, Anna Victoria; Anderson, Lindsey B. – Communication Teacher, 2014
Assessment is an increasingly important part of communication pedagogy, not just for periodic accreditation reviews but for ongoing justifications for resources and course design. This project relates the story of how another college at our university prompted us to prove that our Science Writing and Presentation course really delivered what it…
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Undergraduate Students, Public Speaking, Content Area Writing
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