The Digital Communication Journal: Building an Online COMMunity for Student Dialogue

The Digital Communication Journal: Building an Online COMMunity for Student Dialogue

Steven D. Cohen (University of Baltimore, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4482-3.ch001

Abstract

The digital communication journal assignment challenges students to write and respond to online posts that examine the connections between course concepts and their own academic, personal, and professional experiences.
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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of oral communication in academic, social, and professional endeavors.

  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with others in virtual contexts.

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Student-Oriented Instructions

The major components of this course include an interview assignment, a group work experience, an informative briefing, and a persuasive speech. You are expected to post a 400-word journal entry on the course blog after you complete each of these components (for a total of four journal entries).

  • The interview entry should explore your interview experience. You should analyze your own communication behaviors and the interviewee’s communication behaviors, and discuss what you have learned about the interview process. (Due: Date)

  • The group work experience entry should explore your interactions with your group members. You should analyze the effectiveness of the group and the effectiveness of your participation in the group process. (Due: Date)

  • The informative briefing entry should explore your overall briefing experience. You should discuss what you did well, what you would have changed, and how you plan to approach your persuasive speech. (Due: Date)

  • The persuasive speech entry should explore your overall speech experience. You should discuss what you did well, what you would have changed, and how you plan to approach future presentations. (Due: Date)

You also are expected to post four 200-word responses to other students’ journal entries. These responses should offer a specific point of view on the original posting. What did you find particularly insightful? What did you learn? How did it change your perspective? Remember that you are writing for a general online audience, not for a particular student.

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