Comm_376_focus_group_themes - Comm 376: Planning...

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Comm 376: Planning Communication Campaigns Focus Group Themes from 08/28/08 session Group 1 (Open Communication: Group Interaction) Student-Group * In-class group meetings to assure the convenience of a common meeting time * Time to interact with your group in and out of class * Student participation in class * Not too time-consuming projects: shouldn’t be a huge task: arrange times in reasonable amounts * Communication from all members of the class within and out of the classroom: email, office hours, in-class * Discuss reading in the real world context …. how does it all matter/ Student-Teacher * Caring: everyone should care about creating a learning environment that promotes a good learning environment * Interactive environment: don’t just learn, have chances to apply: not just powerpoint * Professor quickly responds to student emails * Open communication between the professor and students (email, office hours) * Communication from students about absences i.e. Athletes etc * Clear syllabus/access to information so that everyone is prepared * Teacher is willing to negotiate within reason * Grading reasons are clear and will be explained to student if questioned Student-TA * Easy to reach TAs * Having professors be easy to reach TAs as well
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Group 2 Character * Open mindedness * Respect * Patience Structure * Micro: student-to--student * Macro: students-to-institution: clear descriptions of course layout provided by faculty * Macro: students-to-institution: creating conducive learning environment * Macro: students-to-institution: add-drop Groups * Engaging * Inclusiveness * Sharing responsibility Environment * Classrooms * Atmosphere * Room structure * Class dynamics
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Group 3 (Relationship Dynamics) Desired attitudes * Accepting * Open-minded * Open-minded environment * Openness to ideas and suggestions * Understanding * Relationships free of pre-judgments and stereotypes Desired environment * Support/encourage diversity of thought * Social setting * Close-knit communities * Environment where everyone participates – not solely lecture style * Easy to approach * Creative Expectations * Fair * Fair work load and exams Group dynamics * Supportive * Collaborative/cooperation
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