Interacting with Technology

Education is not a process that takes place in a vacuum, nor at the top of an ivory tower. Connecting and communicating in today’s world means that students need to engage media technology. Based on this belief, I feel it is important to integrate technology and media into the classroom. The interactive dynamics offered by technology are also a way in which we can energize our classrooms. The two videos below are examples of media-based student projects, in which students developed experience using media technology to produce communication texts that applied course concepts.

Selfie PSA

Living in Peace

This satirical PSA was developed and produced as a class project in Bridgewater State University’s Communication Studies 342 class (Visual Culture). This short movie was developed and produced as a class project in Bridgewater State University’s Communication Studies 228 class (Introduction to Communication and Culture), to be shown at a campus event commemorating the United Nation’s International Day of Peace.



Speaking intensive pedagogy

If you are teaching (or thinking about teaching) a speaking intensive class, or about developing a speaking intensive assignment for a class, the videos below offer “on demand” faculty development in this area. These short “how to” videos below walk through key concepts and some helpful tips to consider when developing speaking assignments and/or speaking-intensive classes.

Why Teach Speaking Intensive Classes?

Planning Speaking Assignments & Classes

Although most university classes are constructed on a writing intensive framework, there are important learning outcomes and opportunities that speaking intensive classes offer students and instructors. This video addresses how to effectively plan for class time, some strategies to reduce student anxiety, constructing assignment rubrics, and a few genres of speaking assignments.


Scaffolding Speaking Skills & Assignments

This video explores best practices for scaffolding speaking skills and assignments. In order for students to do well in an oral communication class, they must have the support they need to overcome fears of public speaking, develop organizational skills, and master course content.