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of PowerPoint which highlights the need for Communication classes to be taught in smart classrooms where students have access to that technology routinely.  In last year’s report, faculty noted that the use of technology has made for more professional presentations for those classes which are taught in smart classrooms.  We believe we are seeing the positive results for those students who have access to this technology.

The weaknesses, however, were noted and discussed and a Communication faculty meeting.  The following areas were mentioned:

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The area of delivery, most notably in eye contact and in vocal variety.  

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Citation of sources.

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Topic selection

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Excessive reliance on notes or PowerPoint slides.

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Curriculum continuity:  While each instructor is encouraged to develop his or her own assignments and teaching methods, because of the number of sections, the Communication program has always encouraged instructors to follow some very basic, general guidelines.  At least in terms of assignments, it seems apparent that some instructors are not following these guidelines.  This makes it difficult for graders to score the speeches using the rubric.

Means of Improvement:

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Discuss use of the student course booklets in more depth with part-time faculty.

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Require that a description of the speaking assignment accompany speeches submitted for assessment.

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Continue to work towards scheduling all COM 110 and COM 231 classes in smart classrooms.

The Oral Communication Goals was met.

General Education Goal Area:  Written Communication

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