Instructor's Corner #1: Teaching Students to Face Their Fears Eases Public Speaking Anxiety
Public speaking anxiety
(PSA) can hinder career aspirations, personal relationships, and self-image,
but communication educators can provide students opportunities to learn and
practice new skills and face their fears. A well-designed public speaking course
serves apprehensive students through instructional strategies that target and
treat the fears associated with public speaking while enhancing student
development and future employability. Thus, reducing students’ public speaking
anxiety can become a central component of the public speaking course design.
Instructor's Corner #2: Twisted: Exploring Leadership with Human Knots
Are leaders born or
made? We believe communication skills, such as leadership abilities, can be
learned through experience. That is why we created an activity using a human knot to help
students better understand how different leadership styles can either help or
hurt a situation. By being virtually twisted into a knot with their classmates,
students follow a leader’s ability to untangle them. What they don’t know is that one of their
classmates, the designated leader, is performing one of three leadership styles: a democratic leader, an authoritarian
leader, or a laissez-faire (hands-off) leader.
I REMEMBER…. NCA Centennial Video
The 2014 Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (NCA)
will mark the association’s Centennial, its 100-year anniversary. While this is a momentous occasion, members
of NCA gather, create and take away memories of events, individuals and
presentations every year. At the 2013
Annual Convention students from Wrought Iron Productions (WIP) and Wake Forest
University captured individual’s memories of their experiences at NCA
conventions. This 32-minute video
documents the value of NCA to its members and the field of communication.
The video is now live on
the NCA Centennial page. Please feel
free to share this link on your departmental websites.
COMM 365: Celebrating 100 Years of Communication Research through 2014
honor of its upcoming Centennial, the National Communication Association is
sponsoring COMM 365, a project celebrating 100 years of communication research.
Five times per week, brief summaries of communication concepts, theories, and
research findings are being posted on NCA’s website. Click here to see the most recent postings,
which could be of interest to communication practitioners, teachers, and many
others. The leader of the project is Zac
who makes his intellectual home at the University of California at Stanislaus
in Turlock, CA, USA.
Known Unknowns: In Praise of Journalistic Naiveté
scholars regularly ask how journalists could do a better job of telling the
public about the things that matter.
HBO and the Story of HIV/AIDS
Patients Are Signing Consent Forms They Don’t Understand. We Can Do Better.
Most medical, surgical, and diagnostic
procedures carry some sort of risk—from mild side effects like a sore arm after
getting the flu shot to serious potential complications such as stroke or death
during surgery under general anesthesia.
The Important Rhetoric of “File Sharing”
An important aspect of the debate over the copying
and distribution of media content over the Internet concerns its terminology,
where the competing terms are “piracy” and “file sharing.”
Imagine you're a manager
of creative workers. You walk the halls and see one of the employees
staring out the window.
Uncovering Face: How Two Generations of South Asian Indian Americans Navigate “Izzat”
The Persian-Urdu word “izzat,” which means honor, embodies the essence of the experience
of face in India.