ANNOUNCEMENTS COMM 122 SPRING 2020

Comm 122 update April 13, 2020

1)   Grades: All submitted outlines, speeches, evaluations, and persuasive topics, surveys, and action steps have been graded and individual grades returned via personal e-mail. I am assuming the rest of you chose not to submit your materials for class.

2)   Late work: The reason grades have taken so long to return is because many students are missing posting deadlines and I wind up with straggling materials to grade 7 days a week. In some cases, I have had to e-mail students repeatedly to submit their work for me to grade. So, beginning April 13, 2020, late work will be penalized with reduced grades. Further, if you submit your work late, you will go at the end of the grading que behind those students who submit their work on time and I will grade late, straggling work when I get to it. (of course, none of this applies to students who provide Dr. or work notes, or students who are on the front lines working in the hospitals or in essential jobs. Most of you in this situation have already communicated with me regarding this and we have plans and timelines in place for you.)

3)   Deadline based class: As a reminder, after my last two lectures on the persuasive assignment, we moved from a time specific, everyone attend class structure to a “Deadline” based class structure. This means that everyone has assignments due by  specific deadlines which we have already set, posted on the class announcements page and sent separately via e-mail as well. Unfortunately, many of you are submitting assignments randomly with no consideration for speaking days or deadlines.  This note is a gentle reminder to keep the deadlines marked on your calendar and submit your work by the deadline for full credit, or provide a note to be excused for missing the deadlines.

4)   Evaluations: Not only are evaluations of other students work a part of the curriculum required subject learning objectives, but they represent your participation in class on the days you are not speaking. They play a crucial role in your meeting the mandated amount of class time required to get the 3 units at the end of the semester. This is an easy gig, since it takes you maybe 15 minutes on each class day (M/W) rather than the hour and 15 minute class. The minimum required number of informative evaluations is 4. Several of you have met this requirement and I have sent you an e-mail indicating the same. Many of you have not done 4 and some of you have done none at all. If you have not done the required number, be sure you catch up this week – the last week of informative speeches – and post your evaluations on the class blog under your classes thread either by link or posted in complete form. When we start with persuasive speeches, 4 more student evaluations will be due.

 

Some of the submitted evaluations are now getting sloppy. They started off great. Now evaluators are giving “great” marks when major pieces of the speech are missing, such as the preview or the attention getter. Please provide honest, fair evaluations of your colleagues. You can do this and still be polite.

 

5)   Questions from the Q & A session: Many evaluator’s have posted questions for the speaker on the class blog on their particular classes thread. To date, only one person has gone back into the blog, read the questions and provided answers. Please go back to your classes blog thread, find the questions you were asked and respond to the questions.

6)   Final Exam: I have not quite decided what we will do for the final exam, but it will be tied into student evaluations, Q & A responses, and all aspects of Monroe’s Motivated Sequence.

7)   Posting and Deadline Reminder: Speaker deadline to post is midnight the night before your speaking day. Post your speech link on the class blog under your classes thread for the evaluators. E-mail me your outline, bibliography, survey tally sheet, and Power Point in PDF format for grading, along with your speech link.

Evaluations are due by midnight the day of the speeches. Post your evaluations and questions on the class blog under your classes thread so speakers can see their evaluations and respond to questions that are asked. E mail me your evaluation --  cut and pasted as part of the e-mail body, not as an attachment.

 

8)   All that being said, I am not disappointed with the overall performance on the speeches or the content of the outlines. Mostly good efforts have been made, good content by way of quality evidence has been provided, and delivery has started to move from face-to-face that we learned in class to video mode and direct eye contact with the camera on your device.

9)   Despite the stressful times we are all experiencing, we are very close to completing our class mission and our three units. This is the last week of informative speeches then we move to persuasion, then a final of some sort and we are finished. Stay strong and focused and let’s get this done!

Stay well. Stay safe. Stay home. Prof Stefani

 

 

Comm 122 Update Monday April 7, 2020

Hi Class. Here are some updates to keep us together online.

1)      INTERNET OUTAGES: Quite a few students have e-mailed after experiencing Internet outages. This is understandable. My Internet was out from 3 pm 4/6/20 until 1230 pm 4/7/20. If this happens to you, please check in as soon as possible after the outage. If I “disappear” it will be due to an Internet outage. Otherwise, I will be online on our regularly scheduled class days and times.

2)      PERSUASIVE HOMEWORK: I have received many persuasive topics, links to your surveymonkey class surveys, and action steps. Pretty nice job so far. Overall, surveys seem a bit short though. Remember you will need to ask specific questions to fill in certain parts of Monroe’s Motivated Sequence. For those of you who have not submitted the last three pieces of homework, please do so promptly, NOTE: When you submit the home work, please include all three items – topic, survey link, and action step – as part of the body of the e-mail. I do not want attachments for something this short and simple. Attachments take too long to download, particularly when your home work is two sentences and a hyperlink. Thank you!!

3)      PERSUASIVE SPEAKING ORDER: The persuasive speaking order has been posted on the class web site for those of you who forgot your speaking day.

4)      DEADLINE REMINDERS: Speech video links should be posted on the proper blog link by midnight the night before your speech is due. I will moderate the blog before 930 on Monday and Wednesday (as well as several times throughout those days). Outlines, bibliography, survey tally sheet and your visual aid should be saved as PDF’s and e-mailed to me as separate PDF files by midnight before your speech day. Evaluations are due by Midnight the day of speeches.

5)      GRADES: All submitted homework has been returned via e-mail response as of 3:30 4/7/20. I am still grading straggling speeches and the straggling evaluations of those speeches and hope to have those back this week.  For those of you who spoke the first week, I hope to have your grade sheets scanned and sent back to you this week as well so you can have specific feedback rather than just the actual grade you were sent in the e-mail.

6)      GENERAL QUESTION REMINDER: Please ask general questions on the blog post for questions.

7)      OFFICE HOURS: You can ask specific or personal questions via e-mail or during office hours.

Stay home, Stay Safe. Stay well. Talk soon. Prof Stefani

 

Sunday 3/29/20

UPDATE RETURNING FROM SPRING BREAK

Hi Class. I hope you and your families are well and safe. I hope your spring break was as enjoyable as possible considering the world circumstances.

1)      As many of you know, I spent most of spring break catching up on grading. All submitted speeches and evaluations have been returned via e-mail feedback individually.

2)      After seeing some of the challenges in our online transition during the week of March 16, I have made some changes to smooth out the rough edges.

3)      CHANGES

        a.       We will be relying more heavily on our class website: www.globalcommunicationonline.com

                         i.                     I have added a section for updates and a section for lectures.

                         ii.                   I will be posting our weekly or daily updates on the update section of the web site so we have a chronological log of updates. You will need to review the web site “updates” section to stay informed on class 

                                         happenings. That way, I won’t have to answer multiple “update” question e-mails. If you ask a question that has already been asked in the update, I will simply refer you back to the update. If you have questions after

                                         carefully reading the update, I will be happy to answer them.

       b.      Class Blog

                        i.                     Please have a look at the class blog. I have modified it for our Comm 122 classes only.

                        ii.                   You will see four new threads: 930 Speeches and Evaluations Postings; 11 am Speeches and Evaluations Postings; 1230 pm Speeches and Postings; Questions for Professor Stefani.

        a.       930 Speeches and Evaluations Postings: On this thread, everyone in the 930 section will post their You Tube speech links by Midnight the night before their speaking day. Speakers will also post their documents on the blog post

                        in Word or PDF format. You can include your bibliography at the end of your outline, and your one-page survey tally sheet as part of the same file. If your Power Point is not a part of your visual speech, you can save it as a

                       PDF and post on the blog as well. We will have one centralized place for posting Speech links, documents and evaluations so everyone can easily find them. Designated evaluators can then go to the correct speech link,

                       evaluate the speech and then post the evaluation on the same blog post thread. Please post only in the universal formats of PDF or Word, or the picture format JPEG for the evaluations – this is a simple “save as” function

                      when you save the evaluation you filled out. Begin your Speech link post with: John M. Speech. Begin your evaluation posting with: Emily R. evaluating John M. Your name ensures you will receive credit for your speech and  

                       your evaluations.

       b.       11 am Speeches and Evaluations Postings: On this thread, everyone in the 11 am section will post their You Tube speech links by Midnight the night before their speaking day. Speakers will also post their documents on the blog

                       post in Word or PDF format. You can include your bibliography at the end of your outline, and your one-page survey tally sheet as part of the same file. If your Power Point is not a part of your visual speech, you can save it as

                     a PDF and post on the blog as well. We will have one centralized place for posting Speech links, documents, and evaluations so everyone can easily find them. Designated evaluators can then go to the correct speech link,

                       evaluate the speech and then post the evaluation on the same blog post thread. Please post only in the universal formats of PDF or Word, or the picture format JPEG for the evaluations – this is a simple “save as” function

                      when you save the evaluation you filled out. Begin your Speech link post with: John M. Speech. Begin your evaluation posting with: Emily R. evaluating John M. Your name ensures you will receive credit for your speech and

                       your evaluations.

        c.       1230 pm Speeches and Evaluations Postings: On this thread, everyone in the 1230 section will post their You Tube speech links by Midnight the night before their speaking day. Speakers will also post their documents on the

                     blog post in Word or PDF format. You can include your bibliography at the end of your outline, and your one-page survey tally sheet as part of the same file. If your Power Point is not a part of your visual speech, you can save 

                   it as a PDF and post on the blog as well. We will have one centralized place for posting Speech links so everyone can easily find them. Designated evaluators can then go to the correct speech link, evaluate the speech and 

                     then  post the evaluation on the same blog post thread. Please post only in the universal formats of PDF or Word, or the picture format JPEG for the evaluations – this is a simple “save as” function when you save the

                   evaluation you filled out. Begin your Speech link post with: John M. Speech. Being your evaluation posting with: Emily R. evaluating John M.  Your name ensures you will receive credit for your speech and your evaluations.

       d.       Questions for Professor Stefani: This thread of the blog is for posting questions that have general application to the entire class. All Comm 122 classes will be able to see the questions, as well as my responses so I do not have to

                   send 20 emails answering the same question and you don’t have to wonder if I got your question in an e-mail. NOTE: Before you ask a question, please be sure that you have scrolled through the questions already asked so

                  that you are not asking the same question someone else has already asked and I have already answered.

       e.       Blog Moderation: I am going to continue to moderate the blog before posts are published, so you will not immediately see your posting until I clear it for publishing. I will do this several times a day, Monday – Thursday, so all

                 speech links and evaluations can be posted and read. In the future, I may turn off the moderation since you all are posting polite and professional comments.

       f.        Grading: Once I have finished grading all of the speeches, outlines, and evaluations, (hopefully by Thursday of the same week), I will delete the thread and create a new one for each class for the next week of speeches.  

4)      Deadline Reminder: All speech You Tube links and documents are due by Midnight the day before you are scheduled to speak. I will release all of the postings Monday/Wednesday by the time our class should begin if we were actually in class. Evaluations will be due by midnight on Mondays and Wednesdays of the speeches.

5)      Upcoming lecture on the Persuasive Outline and Speech: As you can see, I have posted the lecture’s Power Point on the class web site already so you can preview and take notes.

This should catch us up. Looking forward to some more great speeches tomorrow.

Stay well. Stay safe. Stay home.

Prof Stefani