Project Title: Instrumentation of Four Fundamentals of Public Speaking Basic Course Classrooms
Award Number: 0317Project Leader: Deanna SellnowReport Period: Mid-Year
The instrumentation of four COMM 110 classrooms will enhance the NDSU campus in the following ways:
- Students will develop stronger communication skills. Communication skills are top qualities employers seek in employees. Since COMM 110 is a general education requirement of all students at NDSU, every student will reap the benefits of this project.
- ITS staff and computer resources will no longer be monopolized by COMM 110 classes.
- Instructors and students will have immediate use of technology on a class by class basis. This means technology can be incorporated more fully throughout the semester (rather than only the last 3 weeks of the term).
- Collaboration with other disciplines and departments utilizing these classrooms for the common good of all NDSU students. Providing technology training for students with both PowerPoint and Blackboard to be used throughout their educational careers.
- The two fully instrumented classrooms provided by the technology fee grant were installed during the spring 2004 semester. The classrooms that were fully instrumented were both located in South Engineering, rooms 120 and 208. These classrooms are where the majority of public speaking classes are taught both semesters. The materials that were incorporated into both of these smaller sized class rooms are a ceiling-mounted projector (3400.00), media link (2400.00), document camera (2400.00), computer (1800.00), cabinet (1300.00), PRS system (1000.00), installation of cables / brackets (500.00), cables and miscellaneous supplies (300.00), projector brackets (300.00), JBL wall speakers (200.00), remote mouse (200.00), VGA splitter / amplifier (130.00), VCR (100.00), and software (50.00). The total installation cost for each classroom was 14,080.00.
- This equipment was installed early enough in the spring 2004 semester that the 16 fundamentals of public speaking class sections, approximately 352 students, were able to use the equipment in preparing and giving multiple group symposium speeches. There are two days that students spend learning how to use and practicing PowerPoint presentations with the technology in the classes. Then, there are four days, one for each group in the classroom, where a 25 minute speech is given using the PowerPoint equipment by 4-5 individual students. Thus, the strain on ITS for placing our classes in fully instrumented labs was reduced greatly because a large majority of teachers were able to demonstrate how to work with PowerPoint right in their actual classroom. Additionally, mobile laptops and proxima displays were not needed for these sections for students to give their group symposium speeches in the classroom with the technology that was installed.
- As this is the first semester that the full technology has been available to students, there are a variety of ways that the technology is being used on a day-to-day basis. Students are required to complete assignments from the textbook companion website. Thus, having the technology in the classroom provides a way to easily demonstrate where students need to go to be able to complete the assignments. Additionally, several of the assignments have students visiting website and reflecting on information provided from the website. I am able to pull up websites for students to learn the class content in a different manner. I use the VCR with every new speech assignment. Students are shown on the proxima machine an example of an effective speech. Additionally, I use the ELMO daily in order to display my notes to students without having to turn my back to them. Students are required to incorporate two presentational aids into the second main speech they give in class. Student have brought a variety of video clips to show the class using the VCR, pictures that have been displayed using the ELMO overhead system, and media clips stored on the internet. I also rely heavily on blackboard to communicate with students and display the daily schedule. Thus, I pull up the daily schedule up on blackboard regularly as a reminder of what we will be covering over the next few class sessions. Quite simply there isn’t a day that goes by that I myself and my students do not benefit from having all of the technology available to use. As we get closer to the end of the semester, the 24 fundamentals of public speaking sections, roughly 528 students, will be able to learn and experiment with using PowerPoint technology effectively without having to move all around campus for places where these resources are fully available.