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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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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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Barrett, Ashley K.; Murphy, Melissa – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Organizational Communication, Small Group Communication, Organizational Decision-making, and Communication Technology. Objective: The objectives of this activity are twofold: (1) to engage students in the practice of small-group decision making bounded by temporal, situational, and cognitive constraints; and (2) to demonstrate how these…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Participative Decision Making, Logical Thinking, Group Activities
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Smith, Cynthia Duquette – Communication Teacher, 2016
The group activity described in this article was originally designed for an upper-division undergraduate course on Rhetoric and Architecture, but would also be well suited for courses in Persuasion, Rhetorical Criticism, or Visual Rhetoric. Any undergraduate course related to communication and design (including Advertising) could make excellent…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Campuses, Architecture, Group Activities
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Smith, Cynthia Duquette – Communication Teacher, 2015
This article describes a unit-length project involving students in the analysis of how public memory is shaped by multiple factors and functions persuasively to influence one's understanding of historical events. This project was designed for an upper-division undergraduate course in Rhetoric and Public Memory, but could be adapted for use in…
Descriptors: Memory, History Instruction, College Students, Public Opinion
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Opt, Susan; Sims, Christy-Dale L. – Communication Teacher, 2015
To teach collaboration and overcome students' aversion to teamwork, Pope-Ruark (2012) recommends the Scrum approach, which she has used to manage major client-based course projects in writing and publishing courses. The Scrum approach emerged out of the software development industry in the 1990s as a framework for improving team…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Cooperation, Computer Software, Communications
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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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Noland, Carey – Communication Teacher, 2014
The purpose of the activity described here is to integrate McGregor's Theory X and Theory Y into a group application: design a syllabus that embodies either Theory X or Theory Y tenets. Students should be able to differentiate between Theory X and Theory Y, create a syllabus based on Theory X or Theory Y tenets, evaluate the different syllabi…
Descriptors: Organizational Communication, Theories, College Instruction, Learning Activities
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Ribarsky, Elizabeth – Communication Teacher, 2014
Media have become ever-present factors in most college students' lives (Turan, Tinmaz, & Goktas, 2013). Despite this infiltration, students (and most of the public) remain remarkably unaware of the significant role the media can play in the construction of a social reality and, in turn, how individuals act and interact on a daily basis…
Descriptors: Mass Media Role, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Theories, Active Learning
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Fedesco, Heather Noel – Communication Teacher, 2014
This single class activity described here: (1) illustrates the importance of interdependence in groups; (2) can be used to measure group productivity and performance; (3) can encourage groups to engage in group learning; and (4) can facilitate group cohesion for newly formed groups. Students will be working in groups for the majority of their…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Class Activities, Group Unity, Group Dynamics
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Kaufmann, Renee; Frisby, Brandi N. – Communication Teacher, 2013
The need for students to become connected in the classroom parallels the need for students to become socially integrated into the college community. Because technological tools are always changing, the opportunity for all students on- and off-campus to ''meet'' face-to-face and build relationships within the classroom are…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Group Activities, Cooperative Learning, Online Courses
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Considine, Jennifer R. – Communication Teacher, 2013
This article describes an activity in which upon completion of this semester-long project, students should be able to: analyze and reflect upon their own communication behaviors in a group setting, and explain the importance of examining actual communication practices as opposed to retrospective self-report of communication practices. This project…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Audio Equipment, Communications, Web Sites
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Morrow, Jennifer Ann; Kelly, Stephanie; Skolits, Gary – Communication Teacher, 2013
Understanding and conducting research is a complex, integral skill that needs to be mastered by both undergraduate and graduate students. Yet many students are reluctant and often somewhat apprehensive about undertaking research and understanding the underlying statistical methods used to evaluate research (Dauphinee, Schau, & Stevens, 1997).…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Student Research, Research Methodology
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Sjoberg, Lisa M.; Ahlfeldt, Stephanie L. – Communication Teacher, 2010
Information literacy programs focus on teaching students how to conduct effective research. Perhaps even more important is that they teach students how to critically evaluate the information they find. Engaging students in a significant information literacy unit helps them realize the value of the research process and the limitations of relying…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Research Skills, Introductory Courses, Public Speaking
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McBride, M. Chad – Communication Teacher, 2006
Group cohesiveness is a topic addressed in most small group communication texts and courses and is often defined as the degree of attraction members feel towards one another, the degree of loyalty within a group, or the "groupness" felt among members. Further, groups which are cohesive tend to be happier and more productive. When working on…
Descriptors: Assignments, Group Unity, Ethics, Group Dynamics