Noise in the Communication Process
By Rosie Bunnow
In this activity, students practice recognizing the different types of noise in the communication process.
Introducing Your Speech
By Dr. Rose Marie Mastricola
In this learning activity you'll analyze an introduction and determine whether or not it was effective. You'll also gain an understanding of what makes an effective introduction.
By David Wehmeyer
Students read an explanation of plagiarism. They then read examples of student papers and decide if an original work was plagiarized.
Concluding Your Speech
In this learning activity you'll review a conclusion and decide how effectively it summarized a speech. You'll also gain some tips for writing your own speech conclusion.
Determining the Specific Purpose of Your Speech
In this learning activity you'll review the general principles speakers use to create a specific purpose statement.
Developing the Central Idea
In this learning activity you'll apply techniques for identifying a central idea to a practice exercise.
Creating and Formatting a Memo
By Deborah Seline
In this learning activity you'll explore different reasons to write a memo and how to create it.
Overview: Writing Clear "How To" Instructions
By Sandy Eyler
In this learning activity you'll apply directions to follow when writing clear "how-to" instructions.
Generating Ideas: Thinking About the Topic
In this learning object you'll practice three techniques for generating ideas.
Overcoming Barriers to Critical Thinking: Being Human
By Therese Nemec
The learner will identify ways to overcome barriers to critical thinking and problem-solving including false memories, personal biases and prejudices, and physical and emotional hindrances.
By Barbara Liang, Andrea Krabbe
Learners read about nonverbal communication. In a drag-and-drop exercise, they evaluate photos of people interacting and determine if the behaviors shown interfere with communication or enhance it.
Identifying External Noise
By Mary Brignall
The learner will read a mini-lecture defining external noise and will complete an activity.
The Phases of Conflict
By Kathy Henning
In this learning activity you'll explore the four stages of conflict (latent, triggering incident, conflict, new equilibrium) and then creates a similar diagram applying to a specific personal conflict.
Thinking About the Topic: Considering Your Purpose for Writing
In this learning activity you'll review the four main purposes for writing documents: expressive, literary, persuasive, and reality.
The THINK Principle
By Andrea Krabbe, Rosie Bunnow
Learners are shown questions to ask themselves before they speak. They evaluate three responses according to the criteria presented. This activity has audio content.
Feasibility Topic Determination
By Bev Paulick
In this learning activity you'll determine appropriate feasibility studies from a list of selected topics.
Avoiding Design Mistakes When Creating Visuals
In this learning activity you'll review design errors and learn how to avoid them.
Barriers to Critical Thinking: People-Related Obstacles
The learner will identify barriers to critical thinking related to internal and external factors after viewing scenarios.
Intercultural Communication: Gestures
By Elizabeth Jones
The learner will recognize common gestures and identify the meanings associated with those gestures.
Barriers to Critical Thinking: Being Human
The learner will explore basic human limitations that create barriers to critical thinking including selective thinking, false memories, and perceptual limitations.
Communication: The Writing Process
The learner will identify the three steps in the writing process and the elements in each step.
The Johari Window (Screencast)
In this screencast, you will see how the Johari Window works when determining a relationship with someone.
Thinking About the Topic: Free Writing
In this learning activity you'll create a free writing document on a topic.
Evaluating Sources for the Technical Research Report
Students view information taken from various sources and decide if the material is acceptable for a technical research report. After choosing whether or not the source material is acceptable, the students read an explanation from the instructor.
Building Relationships Through Active Listening
Learners will examine the four steps to listen actively to improve relationships.