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2013 Convention - Seven Short Courses Offered

 Short Courses are listed below:

1413 Yardbird A 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Short Course # 1
Training the Instructor:
How to Teach the Communication Training and Development Course

Sponsor: First Vice President Chad Edwards, Western Michigan University Presenters: Steven A. Beebe, Texas State University – San Marcos

Seth S. Frei, The University of Texas at Austin

An increasing number of colleges and universities are offering communication training and development courses for undergraduate and graduate students. This short course will present practical ways of developing and teaching the course at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Attendees will receive the necessary tools to begin teaching a trainingcourse or enrich an existing course. Additionally, this short course provides a forum for attendees to ask questions regarding specific training instructional principles and strategies.

1614 Yardbird A 3:30 – 4:45 pm

Short Course # 2
Beyond Ice Breakers and Brainstorming: Using Applied Improvisation to Communicate the Possible

Sponsor: Presenters:

First Vice President Chad Edwards, Western Michigan University

Vicki Crooks, Ohio University
Jennifer L. Tuder, St. Cloud State University Stephanie M. Ruhl, Ohio University
Justin Rudnick, Ohio University

Come play while you learn! Welcome to the world of Applied Improvisation, a training paradigm that uses theatre-style exercises in non-theatre settings. In addition to discussing the principles of improvisation, we will learn together by doing. Using improvisation, we will experience collaboration through play and practice possibility thinking. Attendees will receive and discuss a variety of activities that can be used in the classroom.

2114 Salon 7 Roosevelt 8:00 – 9:15 am

Short Course # 3 Crisis Communication

Sponsor: First Vice President Chad Edwards, Western Michigan University Presenters: Cory Young, Ithaca College

Alexis Rosamilia, Ithaca College

Ever wanted to teach crisis communication but don’t know where to begin? Or, ever wonder how crisis communication differs from other forms of communication? Or, of the importance of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube during disasters? If so, then this short course is for you. What we plan to discuss are the following topics: (1) Important structural units for a course, including activities, assignments, and the integration of social media; (2) Current examples, regulations, policies, and trends; (3) Resources, and (4) Career opportunities.

2214 Salon 7 Roosevelt
9:30 – 10:45 am

Sponsor: Presenters:

Short Course # 4
Bringing the Digital-Popular into the Classroom: Keywords, Clouds, and Screens

First Vice President Chad Edwards, Western Michigan University

Danielle M. Stern, Christopher Newport University Adam W. Tyma, University of Nebraska, Omaha Michael Willits, Old Dominion University

This short course provides participants and facilitators the opportunity to explore new ways to not only utilize “new” technologies in the classroom but also as sites of interrogation for our classroom experiences. Cloud computing, video production, popular music, television shows – these and others will be discussed and examined as pedagogical tools and areas of in-class critique. Course participants will receive documents/PowerPoint presentations demonstrating how to use these various spaces in their own pedagogy and research.

2514 Salon 7 Roosevelt 4:00 – 5:15 pm

Short Course # 5
Teaching the College Persuasion Course

Sponsor: First Vice President Chad Edwards, Western Michigan University

Presenter: Shawn T. Wahl, Missouri State University

This course is designed for instructors who are currently teaching, revising, or readying themselves to teach a course in persuasion, and who want focus on theory, research and application of knowledge related to persuasion so that it can easily be covered in one term across delivery formats (e.g., traditional, online, hybrid). The purpose of this short course is to provide an approach that speaks directly to the student by focusing on the actual experiences in life—from critically viewing persuasive public campaigns to making business and health care decisions.

3116 Truman B 8:00 – 9:15 am

Short Course # 6
Integrating Qualitative Research into the Advanced Interpersonal Communication Course

Sponsor: First Vice President Chad Edwards, Western Michigan University Presenters: Jimmie Manning, Northern Illinois University

Adrianne Kunkel, University of Kansas

As qualitative methods and interpretive theories continue to become more popular in interpersonal communication research, it becomes important to consider how these concepts can be integrated into interpersonal communication classrooms. This short course offers some key considerations about introducing such theories in the Advanced Interpersonal Communication course. In addition to considerations from the short course leaders, participants will be provided with two different course syllabuses that can be modified for use in their own classrooms.

3412 Yardbird A 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Short Course # 7
Let’s flip that class! Challenges and opportunities of inverting classes in Communication Studies

Sponsor: First Vice President Chad Edwards, Western Michigan University Presenter: Natalia Rybas, Indiana University East

The participants of this short course will discuss the misconceptions and opportunities for learning in a flipped class. Most examples of flipped classes suggest reorganizing the course so that students examine terms and concepts presented as video lectures and spend class time on assignments and projects. However, flipping classes is more than using video or lecturing. The success of a flipped class depends on understanding the pedagogical goals and using technology, in necessary, to support those goals.

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