Start the Semester Strong
Engage students from day one and become a “favorite professor.” Read about students’ perceptions about their best instructors and start the term with a fresh perspective. Read more.
Making the Last Day of Class Count
By the end of the academic year, both students and instructors are ready to call it quits. How to end a course gracefully. Read more.
A Shot in the Arm—Using the Mylan Scandal to Bring Ethics into the Business Communication Classroom
This self-contained exercise, which describes the scandal that erupted after drug-manufacturer Mylan upped the price of its life-saving EpiPens, provides a perfect way to discuss unethical behavior with students. Read more.
Tips for Successful Video Interviews
Perhaps the hottest trend in interviewing today is video interviews. The following tips can help a candidate prepare. Read more.
Instructors, Fill the Skills Gap—Toughen Up
Do you tolerate students coming to class late? Can your students turn in late assignments? If you answer yes to either of the above, you may be adding to the skills gap. Read more.
Topsy-Turvy: Starting Bus Comm Class with Job Search Unit
Beginning your business communication course with employment communication encourages student buy-in. Read more.
College Is the Real World
Habits learned in college have direct application to the world of work. Read more.
Avoiding the Black Hole of Grade Appeals
Contested grades can also be a black hole for instructors’ time. However, several strategies can help minimize student confusion about or complaints over grades. Read more.
Make Grading Easier!
Check out this overview of six ways to approach student assignments that will help you get through grading efficiently while providing your students with meaningful feedback. Read more.
Setting the Tone Early—First Day Activities
We all know the feeling of standing in front of dozens of new faces for the first time with the daunting task of introducing your course’s goals and yourself. Get the semester off to a great start with one of these first day activities. Read more.
Justifying a Course That Covers the Skills Employers Seek
Communication skills are consistently among the top skills that employers seek–skills taught in a typical business communication course. What other single college course better equips graduates to obtain the jobs they seek? Read more.
Student Evals Hopelessly Stacked Against Female Profs
New research shows that students bring so many biases to the process that evaluations simply cannot be seen as an objective measure of teaching effectiveness. Read more.
Internships—A Must for All Students
A recent study concluded that a summer internship is actually more important than a business degree. Read more.
Okay with Being Labeled “Tough”
Research supports the notion that tough teachers yield better results. Here’s why. Read more.
In Defense of the Lecture: Making the Most of Instructors’ Expertise
Have you noticed it has become de rigueur to bash the lecture? Maybe it’s not quite time to throw the baby out with the bathwater quite yet. Read more.
It’s Your Education, Not Mine!
Help your students take responsibility for their own learning by reading this article about self-regulated learning and how to incorporate it into your classroom. Read more.
Tips to Make Learning Stick
Recently I’ve been using two pedagogical theories to help my students retain what I teach: metacognition—awareness of one’s cognitive processes—and transfer—taking skills learned in one setting and applying them in another. Read more.
Teaching Tips: Helping Students Accept Criticism
For many millennials who have been rewarded merely for showing up and trying hard, hearing criticism can be difficult. Use these tips to help your students improve their ability to take critiques as part of their learning. Read more.
Promoting Active Learning in Your Classroom
You can engage your students using by instructional strategies that require them to do more than simply listen. Read more.
Making Your Syllabus More Than a Contract
Read about how to make your syllabus more effective with some easy strategies that will engage your students and encourage them to actively use the course road map. Read more.
Tips for Teaching Summer Session
For many college instructors, summer means teaching intense courses. Below are some tips to keep your classes rigorous, your students engaged, and yourself sane. Read more.
Internships Under the Microscope
Internships, especially unpaid ones, have come under the gun as many lawsuits brought by unpaid interns weave through the court system. How can instructors help students manage the internship quagmire? Read more.
Workers Highly Value E-Mail, Pew Reports
Despite annoying spam, splashy corporate hacks, and constant online distractions from social media, e-mail continues to play a major role in the day-to-day life of American workers. Read more.
New Research: Employers Want Smart and Socially-Savvy Workers
It’s not enough for new hires to be smart or well educated. A new study indicates that employers also want their fledgling employees to have strong social skills. Read more.
It’s Critical–Employers Want Critical Thinkers
The phrase “critical thinking” permeates job postings. In fact, the number of times “critical thinking” has appeared in job ads has doubled since 2009. But employers are complaining that colleges are not producing graduates who possess the skill. Read more.
Failing Tests Is Good for Learning
Research at UCLA has shown that students perform better on finals when they are given comprehensive pretests on material about which they know virtually nothing on the first day of class … and predictably fail. Read more.
Can Technology Fix the Lecture?
A professor stands in the front of the class and delivers a lecture. Students may jot down notes—they may not. A discussion may occur—it may not. Questions may be asked—they may not. Has the lecture gone the way of the dodo? Read more.
Teaching with Tablets Offers Plenty of Plusses
Tablets are expected to outsell PCs this year, and their popularity is carrying over to the classroom. Why use a tablet instead of a PC or laptop anchored to a lectern? From the instructor’s perspective, the reasons are many. Read more.
Free BusCom Syllabus and Course Design!
Time to plan your fall classes! Take advantage of these free syllabi from instructors around the country! Read more.
Presenting Tips from TED, Nancy Duarte, and Forbes
Many business communication courses include—and sometimes conclude—with students giving presentations. Share these pointers from some of the top experts in the field with your students. Read more.
Recent College Grads Job Struggles Put in Historical Context
The news is replete with reports about the dismal plight of recent college graduates looking for work. But a recent report by the Federal Bank of New York … Read more
Sprucing Up for Skype Interviews
If your students are interviewing for a job, the chances are pretty high that many of them will be doing so via Skype. Read more.
Millennials and Business—A New Love Affair?
For years we’ve heard business complain about the new generation of workers. They’re self-absorbed. They object to long hours. They don’t want to pay their dues. But as more and more of the generation born between 1980 and 2000 enter the workforce, business and researchers are starting to sing a different tune. Read more.
Focus On: Corporate Culture – Workers Beware—Big Brother IS Watching You
George Orwell may not have known social media or credit checks would be the means, but he sure got the idea right. Big Brother—or at least The Boss—is watching. Read more.
ABC 2013 Theme: The “Death” of Traditional Genres?
Could the bell be tolling the death knell of tried-and-true business communication genres? If we are to believe the presenters of two separate sessions at the recent annual Association for Business Communication conference in New Orleans, who swore they were not in collusion, the answer is yes. Read more.
Focus On: Teaching Business Ethics
In the five years since the financial crisis brought the world to its knees, colleges have been evaluating their business curricula to better address teaching ethics. Read more.
Focus On: Classroom Practices – It’s No Surprise–Student Engagement Spawns Learning
Much recent research has focused on the importance of actively engaging students instead delivering information via the more passive “chalk and talk” lecture. Read more.