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Changing the Conversation: 5 tips for re-energizing your Interpersonal Communication course

 Laura Guerrero

Bree McEwan

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This webinar, led by Professors Laura Guerrero and Bree McEwan, focuses on reimagining the structure of the introductory-level course, to focus on what IPC does, rather than what IPC is.

Research in the area of interpersonal communication is interdisciplinary and has expanded over the past few decades into a body of knowledge that helps people understand how interpersonal communication functions in our everyday lives.

A course that focuses on key functions of interpersonal communication, such as forming and managing impressions, communicating across cultures, and developing, maintaining, and ending relationships speaks to students’ lived experiences.

This webinar focuses on how you can:

  • reorganize your course to reflect the current research;
  • incorporate active learning into the course, through the use of discussion boards and a flipped classroom design;
  • use examples and facilitate class discussion with a focus on how today’s students use technology to communicate;
  • approach teaching the course online.

Finally, Professors Guerrero and McEwan will share ideas for assignments that help students better understand and critically think about how interpersonal communication works.

Laura Guerrero and Bree McEwan are authors of Interpersonal Encounters: Connecting Through Communication.