LOUIS Pre-Conference

This group is for the LOUIS Pre-Conference curation workshop. The focus will be on the course Fundamentals of Communication. Course Description: Broad-based overview of the field of communication as a social and cultural construct, through an examination of practices and theories in various contexts and settings. Topics may include communication theory, media studies, rhetoric intercultural studies, group and organizational communication, and performance.
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Communication Skills

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The purpose of this module is to provide you with guidance and practice on how to enhance your business communication skills and team building. This will enable you to become good communicators in business organizations you wish to work for. Communication Skills and team building has been designed to enable you cope with those business demands that each course and call in the business world demands. The unit contains various documents required in a business set up. How to prepare the documents, make effective presentations and generally how to become an efficient manager, supervisor, team player etc.

Material Type: Module

Author: Phyllis Bartoo

Accounting Principles I

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Though accounting may seem like a dense and complex subject, this course is designed to present the accounting cycle in an accessible and logical manner. It will provide you with a solid understanding of basic accounting principles and will introduce you to financial statement analysis.

Material Type: Full Course

Diversity and Difference in Communication

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Interpersonal communication in health and social care services is by its nature diverse. As a consequence, achieving good or effective communication - whether between service providers and service users, or among those working in a service - means taking account of diversity, rather than assuming that every interaction will be the same. This unit explores the ways in which difference and diversity impact on the nature of communication in health and social care services.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading, Syllabus

Financial Accounting

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This book is suitable for an undergraduate or MBA level Financial Accounting course. The authors bring their collective teaching wisdom to bear in this book not by changing "the message"(financial accounting content), but by changing "the messenger" (the way the content is presented). The approach centers around utilizing the Socratic method, or simply put, asking and answering questions. The reason that this approach continues to be glorified after thousands of years is simple - it engages students and stresses understanding over memorization. So this text covers standard topics in a standard sequence, but does so through asking a carefully constructed series of questions along with their individual answers.

Material Type: Textbook

Authors: C. J. Skender, Joe Ben Hoyle

Groups and Teamwork

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Are you always the quiet one when it comes to group discussion? This unit will help you improve your working relationships with other people in groups of three or more. This unit also deals with project life cycles, project management and the role of the leader.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Reading, Syllabus

Public Speaking Game and Textbook

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This text presents a series of communication tasks that develop public speaking skills. The tasks begin with tools which are incorporated into simple outlines and speeches. Each speech develops tools or skills that are used in subsequent speeches. New tools are added to the speakers skill set to allow for more complex outlines and speeches. The chapters and related lectures help develop the new skills to achieve the new objectives. Once those objectives are completed the speaker can “level-up” for more complex challenges. The speakers skills and grade increases with each level completed. The model is common to many computer games: acquire assets to complete tasks, complete tasks to level-up and claim rewards.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Lecture Notes

Author: Gary Phillips

Engineering Communication

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In this course, the student will learn several aspects of effective technical communication that will lay a foundation for successful work on an engineering team. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Define the purpose of effective technical communication; List attributes of effective technical communication; Assess audience and context, as well as identify appropriate genres for technical communication; Choose appropriate grammar, style, and organization for documents; Define and avoid plagiarism and implement appropriate citations; Brainstorm and prepare and revise documents independently and collaboratively; Organize and present information in written, visual, and oral modes in compliance with standard formats. (Mechanical Engineering 304)

Material Type: Full Course

Communicating in Technical Organizations, Spring 2005

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An exploration of the role that communication plays in the work of the contemporary engineering and science professional. Emphasis is placed on analyzing how composition and publication contribute to work management and knowledge production, as well as the "how-to" aspects of writing specific kinds of documents in a clear style. Topics include: communication as organizational process, electronic modes such as e-mail and the Internet, the informational and social roles of specific document forms, writing as collaboration, the writing process, the elements of style, methods of oral presentation, and communication ethics. Case studies used as the basis for class discussion and some writing assignments. Several short documents, a longer report or article, and a short oral presentation are required.

Material Type: Full Course

Author: Evens, Aden

Storytelling: A Way to Introduce and Express Oneself

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Storytelling: A Way to Introduce and Express Oneself “Storytelling is a tool to express who you are, an avenue to share a memory or experience, a medium to teach values and cultural differences….Storytelling is by far the best to communicate one’s thoughts and tell one’s story” (Keaise, 2014, p. 53). This OER shows how one professor incorporated storytelling into student introductions. Additionally, this exercise was used as part of the pedagogy to teach about human diversity, culture, understanding and acceptance. Storytelling provided an effective foundation for students to connect with classmates, build relationships and develop trust and respect, the foundation behaviors of good human relations. Materials which will be included in the OER are listed below: 1) A brief literature review on storytelling, supporting this exercise;2) A visual diagram and brief description of the storytelling process which includes a dyadic encounter, small group discussions and a large group presentation; 3) Step-by-step instructions on how to integrate storytelling into student introductions; 4) Examples of student introductions; 5) A summary of student perceptions about the storytelling exercise.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Montana State Univ-Northern Faculty

Business Law and Ethics

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Law, in its simplest form, is used to protect one party from another. For instance, laws protect customers from being exploited by companies. Laws protect companies from other companies. Laws even protect citizens and corporations from the government. However, law is neither perfect nor all encompassing. This course will introduce the student to the laws and ethical standards that managers must abide by in the course of conducting business. Laws and ethics almost always shape a company's decision-making process; a bank cannot charge any interest rate it wants to charge that rate must be appropriate. By the end of this course, the student will have a clear understanding of the legal and ethical environment in which businesses operate. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Identify sources of law in the United States; Describe the function and role of courts in the US legal system; Differentiate litigation from methods of alternative dispute resolution; List the elements of the major torts; List the essential elements of a valid contract; Describe how a contract can fail; Summarize the remedies available for breach of contract; Distinguish between real and personal property; Identify the various interests in real property and how they pass; Identify the requirements to hold various rights under intellectual property laws; Analyze the impact of the digital era on intellectual property rights; Distinguish between at-will employment and contractual employment; Identify laws that generally regulate the employer-employee relationship; Identify criminal acts related to the business world; Define white collar crime; Describe the various forms of business organization; Identify the major laws regulating business in the United States; Identify major ethical concerns in business today. (Business Administration 205)

Material Type: Assessment, Full Course, Lecture, Reading, Syllabus, Textbook

Public Speaking

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The course is an introduction to the preparation and delivery of oral presentations in an extemporaneous style. Emphasis is on ethical research, critical and logical analysis, and organization of informative and persuasive presentations.

Material Type: Full Course, Textbook

Digital Storytelling Multimedia Archive

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Digital stories are multimedia-authoring projects combining texts, images, and audio files into a short film clip (mostly 3-5 minutes). In recent years, digital storytelling has turned college and university classrooms into spaces of creative critical production. Digital stories have proven to be a powerful medium for students to represent a theoretically-informed understanding of texts and contexts in a form other than “traditional” writing. This multimedia archive on digital storytelling provides: A “research section” that addresses questions around digital storytelling and student learning in three major sections: Multimedia Distinctive, Social Pedagogy, Affective Learning; A grid as an alternative, condensed representation of our findings from this project; Video interviews with students and faculty as well as student produced digital stories.

Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: Michael Coventry and Matthias Oppermann

Argument Diagramming

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This course provides an introduction to exploring and understanding arguments by explaining what the parts of an argument are, and how to break arguments into their parts and create diagrams to show how those parts relate to each other. Argument diagramming is a great visual tool for evaluating claims that people make. By the end of the course, you will be able to think critically about arguments or claims and determine whether or not they are logical. This skill can be used in a variety of situations, such as listening to the news, reading an article, or making a point in a meeting. This is an introductory course and may be useful to a broad range of students. Topics covered include: Creating Argument Diagrams, Evaluating Arguments, and Argument Diagramming for Interpreting Public Arguments and Longer Texts.

Material Type: Assessment, Diagram/Illustration, Full Course, Reading