Creating Effective Technical Descriptions
By Bev Paulick
In this learning activity you'll review an introduction and samples of description worksheets. You'll then select an object and complete your own description.
By Rosie Bunnow
In this animated object, learners evaluate oral directions and compose questions to clarify ambiguities. This activity has audio.
Barriers to Effective Listening (Video)
By Therese Nemec
Learners examine the seven most common barriers to effective listening and consider suggestions for how to overcome these barriers. This interactive object contains audio.
Writing a Topic Outline (Screencast)
By Dr. Rose Marie Mastricola
In this screencast you'll generate your own speech outline from the information provided.
Selection: The First Stage in the Perception Process (Screencast)
By Mary Brignall
In this learning activity you'll review the selection stage in the perception process and apply the information to complete an activity.
Writing Effective Instructions
By Elizabeth Jones
The learner will distinguish effective from ineffective approaches to writing instructions.
Mechanism Description: Vegetable Peeler
In this learning activity you'll write a description of a vegetable peeler and submits it to the instructor.
Seven Barriers to Listening
The learner will identify common barriers to effective listening.
Organization: The Second Stage in the Perception Process
The student will read a mini-lecture explaining the organization stage in the perception process and will complete an activity.
Mechanism Description: Padlock
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a padlock.
Listening on the Job
By Barbara Liang
Learners compare the behaviors and situations that interfere with listening on the job with those that enhance listening skills and job performance.
Creating Directions: How to Anticipate and Adjust
Learners write directions to gain experience asking questions from the point of view of the person who must follow the directions.
Listening: Comprehension and Recall
Learners practice their comprehension and recall skills while listening to narration on listening skills. Sound required.
Following Directions: The Parts Room
By Dave Bunnow, Rosie Bunnow
In this animated and interactive object, learners follow oral directions in the workplace. They complete their task within a time limit. This object has audio content.
Increasing Message Clarity
By Kedron Wiersgalla
In this learning activity you'll use critical thinking to write appropriate responses.
By Gretchen Grimm
In this learning activity you'll create a focused speech topic by using a focused pyramid.
Logical Reasoning in Speeches -"Either/Or" Fallacy
By Dr. Cynthia Ellenbecker
In this learning activity you'll be introduced to the either/or fallacy.
The Reality of Sterotypes
In this learning activity, the user will understand how believing in and using common stereotypes can get in the way of working together.
Giving Directions: The Starting Point
Learners evaluate how well a set of directions instructs a person about to perform a task for the first time. The focus is on avoiding assumptions.
Mechanism Description: Electric Pencil Sharpener
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of an electric pencil sharpener.
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.
The Johari Window (Screencast)
By Kathy Henning
In this screencast, you will see how the Johari Window works when determining a relationship with someone.
In this study guide, we will review the general rules for using prepositions.
Communication: The Writing Process
The learner will identify the three steps in the writing process and the elements in each step.
Learners watch a commercial for a fictitious product and pose questions to challenge the assumptions made in it.