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Course Description

Classroom of mature students with instructor at front of class

This course addresses the communication concepts and practices within the formal and non-formal educational contexts. Communication is central to teaching and learning because communication mediates a conscious effort either on the part of the learners to learn, or on the part of the teachers to provide and transfer knowledge, attitudes and skills.

Note: This course can be taken individually or as a part of a certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Articulate the ways communication and education are intertwined in educational contexts;
  2. Discuss the relationship between learner experience, worldview development, and human development;
  3. Examine education as a relational activity between teachers and learners;
  4. Create a practical application of educational communication for an educational setting;
  5. Assess the role of communication within the formal and non-formal educational contexts; and
  6. Reflect on the impact of educational communication on your own professional and/or vocational goals.

Course Topics

  • Introduction to Educational Communication
  • Meaningful Learning
  • Liberal Education and Professional Education
  • Participatory, Integrative and Difficult Knowledge
  • Transformative Learning
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • The Individual Learner
  • Technology and Educational Communication
  • The Learning Group
  • Formal and Informal Learning
  • Facilitation
  • Consolidation

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 5.00 credits

Restriction(s): REXT*3100

Assessment

Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes
Pre/Post Course Reflection Statements 5% 1-7
Peer Learning Space Contributions 10% 1-7
Meaningful Experience Essay 15% 1-4, 6
Group Discussion (Week 05) (Interactive) 5% 1-3, 7
Online Midterm Knowledge Check 10% 1-5
Group Project Poster 10% 1, 2, 5, 7
Major Writing Assignment 15% 1-3
Online Final Exam 30% 1-5
Total 100%