ORI-003-81: Intro to Online Learning – Summer 2018 (2018UM1)

ORI-003-81: Intro to Online Learning – Summer 2018 (2018UM1)

Course Description

This course focuses on understanding the process of human communication as a dynamic system of interactions. In addition, the course stresses the importance of understanding and applying human communication theory to typical situations that students might face. In other words, the course materials, classroom activities, and assignments are designed to increase your understanding of the communication process in both personal and professional settings, and to improve your communication in those settings.

Student Centered Learning Outcomes

Through the use of class discussions and topic specific papers students will:
Learn skills to enhance empathetic listening.
Learn how to adapt communication with others in appropriate ways.
Learn about the effects of your self-concept and self-esteem on your relationships.
Learn about electronically mediated communication.
Learn how to improve communication in romantic relationships.
Learn about communication that deceives others.
Learn resolving interpersonal differences.

Textbook and Technology Requirements

Interpersonal Communication (COMM-130) is a textbook-free class. Students will be watching videos (such as Ted Talks) and listening to audio stories (such as Relationship Matters Podcast).

Topic Outline

    • Listening
    • Embracing Others
    • Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
    • Communication and Technology
    • Romantic Relationships
    • Relationship Challenges
    • Conflict Managment

Methods of Assessment

Your final grade will be determined based on:
Graded Elements Percentage
 Assignments      75%
 Class Discussions      25%
Total  100%
 Extra Credit: Course evaluations  2%


Discussion Rubric

Criteria Description  Max. Points
Frequency Distributes participation across 3-4 days throughout the week creating a dialogue.  20
Initial Discussion Posting  Posts well developed, timely discussions that fully address and develop all aspects of the task.  20
Follow-up Postings  Demonstrates timely analysis of others’ posts; extends meaningful discussion by building on previous posts.  20
Content Contributions  Posts factually correct, reflective and substantive contributions; advances discussion.  20
Reference & Support  Uses references to literature, readings, or personal experience to support comments.  20
Total Points: 100


Student Resources & Policies

Late Policy
Assignments will be accepted late but 10% will be deducted. Class discussion posts will not be accepted late.
Student Resources & Policies Homepage
 Academic Honesty  Accessibility and Accommodations
 Grading Scale  Student Resources
 Library Resources  Writing Center Information
 Smarthinking Online Tutoring  Academic Coaching

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