Communication
Studies
 
 
Carpe Diem Now! - Application #2
 
To diversify our portfolio of projects, we specifically used podcasting as a trigger-mechanism to bring out the best in our learners. The fundamental guideline for this project stemmed from an elaborate scheme in a Critical Thinking and Argumentation course to minimize excuses and maximize results. Intending to apply once again course content within the course structure, the main obstacle was to
 
Gotcha! - Application #1
 
Considering that an introductory communication class virtually offers itself to the exploratory nature of human interaction, the “Gotcha!” project was the first application of “Listen, Laugh and Learn.” Students were given a specific task to truly interact with their peers. Specifically, outside of the classroom after they had been charged with the content of a podcast that triggered a sort-of
 
Testing... Testing... Testing...  Preamble
 
One crucial “test-phase” was to establish an exposure to the new forum while considering some flexibility in the learning curve for the student participants. At the outset students were provided with text tutorials and video instruction within Blackboard to aid them in properly downloading and installing iTunes onto their personal computers. We believe this reduced the amount of campus support
 
The following audio files are samples of the podcasts created for my Speech Communications courses as part of the Spring 2006 Podcasting Pilot at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Martin Mehl, Adjunct Professor, is a faculty member in the Communication Studies department at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He is a native German, proudly expecting father of twins, and has ten years consulting, management and lecturing experience.