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Alyssa Del-Valle
It is 11pm on a Tuesday night. Tomorrow morning is the big presentation you have been preparing weeks for and you make moves for an early bedtime. You set the alarm on your phone and plop right into bed. The room is nearly pitch black as you begin shutting your eyes. You are on your way into rem sleep when suddenly...vzzzzzzt; a notification… (Show more)
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Melanie McFadyen
Happy New Year!   While there's no telling yet all that 2018 will bring, we can tell you one thing that's coming...   A New Blog!   Same site, same format, but soon we'll be unveiling new blog posts from leaders in the Communication field - including our authors and instructors like yourself.   Speaking of, if you're interested in contributing to… (Show more)
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Jesse Hassenger
The new Disney/Pixar film Coco has topped the box office for three weekends in a row, and is well on its way toward passing Justice League and becoming the biggest hit movie to come out during the mid-November-to-mid-December corridor – in other words, in between Disney/Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi… (Show more)
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Melanie McFadyen
Last month, a few of our editors flew down from our New York offices to Dallas, Texas, to participate in the 103rd annual conference for the National Communication Association. There, we had the chance to meet with Communication instructors like yourselves, from a variety of courses and institutions. If you were in attendance at this year's NCA… (Show more)
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Melanie McFadyen
Goal: Although many people would find the observation fallacious, most of us are guilty of fallacious reasoning. Because we tend to think “enthymematically”—that is, with skips and leaps instead of in some sort of linear progression—most of us will fail at the cultural rules of logic, even on a daily basis. We are most prone to fallacious…
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Melanie McFadyen
In-Class Group Best Practice   Goal: To encourage students to take concepts discussed about effective small groups and recognize how they can be used in everyday settings   Time: 30 minutes   1. Divide the class into four groups.   2. Explain to students that it is common to hear that in-class group activities are ineffective. With this in…
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Melanie McFadyen
While pillows and blankets are soft, there may be better ways to solve a conflict.  Image from the Community episode "Pillows and Blankets" Objective: To have students examine productive and unproductive conflict management techniques. Directions: 1. Organize the class into small groups of three or four people each. 2. Have each group brainstorm a…
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Amy Haines
Songs used by Speech Craft author, Josh Gunn, in his public speaking classroom. Also available on Spotify.
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Melanie McFadyen
Oh, I just can't wait to see The Lion King!   That's something I would not have said a week ago. I'll admit, I haven't been the biggest fan of Disney's live-action remakes these past few years, mostly because I'm still re-watching the original animated classics, and I'm tired of seeing the same movies again and again (get some new stories,… (Show more)
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Melanie McFadyen
Goal: Help your students understand the ways in which companies use social media to market their products, and how social media advertising is different or similar to commercial and print advertising.   Activity #1: Brand and Market Research    1. Put your leftover Halloween candy to use! Bring in to class a bag filled with enough candy for each…
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