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(2018). Skunkworks!: Using unconventional paper airplanes to teach the communication of technical information and procedural instructions. In J.S. Seiter, J. Peeples, and M. L. Sanders (Eds.), Communication in the classroom: A collection of GIFTS.

(2017). "Working the crowd:" How political figures use introduction structures. In R. X. Browning (Ed.), Advances in research using the C-SPAN archives.



Several methods of text expansion are covered that represent a significant improvement and time savings over the traditional “Word document full of comments I can copy-paste” approach.

Research shows that slides which use the assertion-evidence structure (a full-sentence assertion heading directly supported by visual evidence) are much more effective than typical slides. In this activity students create a series of assertion-evidence slides to support a claim. Students are paired using two “Cards Against Humanity” style decks of cards to create a ridiculous claim. Student teams then create a slide show which includes three assertion-evidence structured content slides to support their claim. Students gain practice constructing assertion headings which support their claim, selecting various kinds of visual evidence to support these assertion headings, and visually citing that evidence.

A class activity where students act out the role of one of their sources as part of a simulated real-world conversation.

This paper analyses perceptions from first year undergraduate students who were able to experience two different learning cultures. Students selected for this study were part of an innovative learning experience during their first semester of college, but decided to leave this program in order to attend regular classes during their second semester. Based on interviews with these students, the researchers are able to comprehend students’ perceptions of differences and similarities in the two learning cultures.

A survey of campaign communication by candidates for the US Democratic party presidential nomination. Candidates interpersonal interactions while “working the crowd” at campaign events were analyzed using conversation analysis and compared with existing research on introduction sequences in everyday contexts.

A class activity where students identify examples of different types of logical fallicies and logical booby-traps and bring them to class

A class activity where students design an unusual paper airplane, then create a set of instructions for another student to replicate the design. Students test-fly the completed models.

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