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Except where otherwise noted, this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS INSTRUCTIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL COMMUNICATION? Assume for a moment that you are a full-time student who commutes to campus (even if that doesn’t really describe your personal situation). And consider all of the instructional and informational communication that you might encounter on a typical school morning. The first occurs when the alarm clock on your smart phone wakes you up; when you check the phone, it also reports the weather of the day. After you shower and dress, you grab a quick breakfast while checking your schedule, which reminds you about the readings you need to do for your biology class, and an assignment due in your economics class. Then you check your email; one of the messages provides a summary of the key news for the day and another message provides the weekly summary of news in the local web design industry—the industry in which you hope to work after graduating. You walk to the Metro and, at the Metro station, where an attendant hands you a free newspaper. You page through it, spending most of your time reading an article with tips for exercising at home and another that suggests how to build a better study corner in your bedroom. When you arrive on campus, you immediately go to the library, find a quiet place, set up your laptop, and connect your earphones. Then you begin listening to the recorded lecture for the next digital marketing class, which you’re supposed to finish before the class session tomorrow. After completing that, you work on the activities that the instructor also expects you to complete before class. Two hours later, you go to a meeting for the elections committee of the student government association. Your committee is preparing all of the instructions for the upcoming
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Chapter 1 – What Is Instructional and Informational Communication? 2 D R A F T This is a draft. It might contain typographical errors that will be caught in final editing. student government election: ballots, voting instructions, instructions to people staffing the polling places, and notices about the voting procedure, which are responses to a report by a special committee that recommended improvements to the voting process. After the meeting, you take a brief break for lunch. During lunch, you start shopping for your next laptop. To find it, you visit a couple of websites with reviews of computers. But because you don’t understand some of the terminology, you also check Wikipedia on your phone for definitions of some of the confusing terms. Although it’s only 1pm, think of all the instructional and informational material that you have already encountered: 1. Messages on your smart phone (informational).
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