College of Humanities and Social Sciences

COMM 653: Graduate Seminar in Instructional Communication

COMM 653-001: Instructional Communication
(Spring 2017)

Robinson B205

Section Information for Spring 2017

This course has been designed with three purposes in mind: (1) to introduce you to theories of learning and philosophies of education, (2) to give you an overview of instructional communication as an area of research within communication studies, and (3) to provide some practical advice and training to help prepare you to teach courses independently.  Because of this, we will be reading a mix of literature that addresses each of these areas, and your final project will give you an opportunity to put what you are learning into practice and to demonstrate your preparation to teach a course that you will select.  By the end of this course, you should be able to

  • Explain the relationship between instructional communication and educational practice
  • Compare several philosophies of education and develop a personal statement of teaching philosophy
  • Understand several theories about how learning occurs and utilize those theories in the development of a course and daily lesson plans
  • Understand how a course fits into the broader curriculum, develop student learning objectives, and design a course syllabus that will allow students to meet those objectives
  • Evaluate which types of assessment will best measure specific learning objectives and develop effective assignments and exams
  • Distinguish the advantages and disadvantages of each of several formats for sharing information in the classroom and develop detailed lesson plans that utilize the formats that will be most effective for your subject matter
  • Discuss factors that can lead to a supportive classroom climate and identify strategies for preventing and dealing with student misbehaviors
  • Evaluate the ways that the self is affected by one’s role as a teacher and vice versa
  • Prepare a teaching portfolio that demonstrates your readiness to teach a specific course

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Investigates theoretical and practical implications of instructional communication. Exposes graduate students to communication principles and practices of teaching college courses at upper and lower divisions.

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