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.
Communication: The Writing Process
By Elizabeth Jones
The learner will identify the three steps in the writing process and the elements in each step.
Seven Barriers to Listening
By Therese Nemec
The learner will identify common barriers to effective listening.
Communication: Identifying Active and Passive Voice
The learner will identify active and passive voice and distinguish between the two.
Barriers to Critical Thinking: Communication
This activity will examine several of the barriers related to problems with communication.
Giving Directions: The Starting Point
By Rosie Bunnow
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.
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.
Describing the Transactional Communication Model
By Mary Brignall
In this learning activity you'll review definitions then match the transactional communication model element with the definition or example.
Male or Female? Gender and Communication Tendencies
By Kathy Henning
In this learning activity you'll explore communication tendencies from a list and identifies them as typically “male” and “female”.
Personal Behavior and Communication
By Gretchen Grimm
In this learning activity you'll reflect on possible behavior choices and their impact on communication.
Tricky Communication Situations: Analyzing the Situation
By Marilyn Carien
In this learning activity you'll examine strategies to help you deal with tricky personal and business communication situations.
Logical Reasoning in Speeches -"Either/Or" Fallacy
By Dr. Cynthia Ellenbecker
In this learning activity you'll be introduced to the either/or fallacy.
Logical Reasoning in Speeches - Post hoc, Ergo Propter hoc
In this learning activity you'll be introduced to the Post hoc, Ergo Propter hoc fallacy.
Audience Characteristics Chart
By Terri Langan
In this learning object you'll review information for layman, executive, expert, technician and operator audiences for writing technical publications.
Mechanism Description: Tape Dispenser
By Bev Paulick
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a tape dispenser.
Mechanism Description: Staple Remover
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a staple remover.
Mechanism Description: Stopwatch
In this learning activity you'll write a technical description of a stopwatch.
Documenting Sources Using MLA Format
By David Wehmeyer
In this exercise, students read a list of sources used in a research report. They follow MLA guidelines to write parenthetical references and to compile a Works Cited page.
Thinking About the Topic: Brainstorming
By Deborah Seline
In this learning activity you'll explore how to brainstorm a list of ideas related to a topic.
The Phases of Conflict
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.
Transactional Communication Model (Graphic)
In this learning activity you'll view a graphical layout of the transactional communication model.
In this learning object you'll review various types of groups as well as the concepts of rules and norms in groups.
Avoiding Design Mistakes When Creating Visuals
By Dr. Rose Marie Mastricola
In this learning activity you'll review design errors and learn how to avoid them.
Generating Ideas: Thinking About the Topic
In this learning object you'll practice three techniques for generating ideas.
The You View
By Jennifer McIntosh, Barbara Laedtke
Learners will write effective business messages that incorporate a second-person point of view and focus on the benefit to the reader. This approach is often used to create positive messages, neutral messages, and inquiry messages in business settings.