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COML 517

Communication Practicum: Speech, Writing, Multimedia

3-day on-campus immersion – Gonzaga University\’s Campus, Spokane Washington

This course is grounded in the principle that the best learning is experiential, and occurs in the context of a community. As M.A. students and future graduates from our Communication and Leadership Studies program here at Gonzaga University, you will be expected to communicate skillfully and eloquently in a variety of communication contexts, including public speaking, writing, and using multimedia technology.

Accordingly, we have designed this course so that we can all come together in a face-to-face setting on our wonderful campus to learn from each other.

Your practicum experience will comprise a number of steps:

  1. You will be completing some of the preparation before you arrive for the on campus portion of the course.
  2. Over three-day period, you will engage in a series of intensive speaking, writing, and multimedia modules. We have also arranged some time where we can socialize in the evenings and you can explore our campus. (A schedule of the rooms, times, and group assignments will be provided in the orientation once you arrive.)
  3. After you have returned home, you’ll have a number of weeks to complete the final project, which essentially is your own website/blog creation of a community profile that includes speaking, writing, and multimedia components.

Specific details for each component of the practicum and final assignment are provided under the respective tab.

BEFORE you arrive to campus:

  1. Log into Blackboard as there is course related work that will require your attention.  COML 517 begins the first day of each session as a regular class would, NOT on the first day of your arrival on campus.
  2. Take the mandatory pre-arrival survey during the first week of the class. The instructors will create your workshop team based on your responses to the survey. The address of the online survey site will be sent to your Zagmail.
  3. Complete prep work for writing, speaking.
  4. Decide on a topic or theme for your project. This is the raw material we will work with during the on-campus experience. The idea is to help consider communication in community by capturing the elements special to your own community. Your charge is to think about a piece of your own community to profile. Your project will incorporate writing, video, audio and Web design. You could profile a unique organization, a non-profit in your community, an effort at your church, a family, a person, a celebration, or a cultural practice.

 

 

Writing Preparation

Write a 500-word, first rough draft that includes the profile subject’s history, its present and its future. Your notes/draft should include two or three quotes from one or two people involved — more if the profile subject is a person. Your notes also should include details that help connect the reader to your profile. For example, a feature piece about a shelter that serves lunch to the homeless could include details about the cafeteria, from what the room smells like to what pictures hang on the wall. A profile of a person could include details such as what sits on his or her bedside table to what he or she likes to read. By the end of the course, the draft will have blossomed into a feature piece for your community profile.

Click here for an example of a nicely written community profile.

Writing Syllabus

A complete syllabus for the writing portion of the Practicum will be provided in Blackboard on the first day of class.

Speaking Preparation

Think about some speaking topics and begin to prepare for the speech practice portion of the course. You will be asked to craft and deliver two brief speeches on the following topic areas:

Speech I: 2-3 minute speech

  • You will deliver a speech in which you teach the audience about something. This should not be something that your peers may already know a lot about. Consider your own personal repertoire or think of family or educational experiences you have had. For example, you could teach us how to make something, how to fix something, a new use for a common item, a trick, a game, a lesson, a concept (mathematical, scientific, etc.) The sky is the limit. Just remember to analyze your audience (your peers in the program) and gear an appropriate topic to their interests.

Speech II: Prepare a 3-minute Informative Project speech or Persuasive Speech

  • This speech could be related to something you are working on professionally or simply a topic of personal interest.

Impromptu Speech (If time)

  • Job interview questions are commonly asked (more about you than skills/etc. you possess.) You would then have a minute or so to prepare an impromptu speech (1 minute or so.) If we engage in this activity, questions will be provided.

Speeches and student and instructor feedback will be recorded. This will allow you to view the speeches later and identify areas to improve upon. By design, these speeches are not long. In fact, one of your tasks is to create a speech that synthesizes material you know well into a cogent, well-organized speech that conforms to the time limits.

You may create visual aids, but they are not required or even necessarily encouraged. The focus will be on the content, organization, and delivery of your presentations.

If you do plan to use a PowerPoint presentation, please bring it on a thumb drive rather than a laptop.

Speaking Syllabus

A complete syllabus for the speaking portion of the Practicum will be provided in Blackboard on the first day of class.

Multi-Media Preparation

You will not work directly on your specific community topic in the multimedia workshops during your campus visit. Instead, you will practice creating a multimedia community story (“mini project”) in a team, using materials you gathered around GU campus during the class. Your multimedia instructor will assign each student to a production team as soon as everyone completes the pre-arrival survey and you are expected to initiate communications with your team members prior to arriving to the campus.

Multi-Media Syllabus

A complete syllabus for the multi-media portion of the Practicum will be provided in Blackboard on the first day of class.

When should I book my flight to arrive and depart?

Class will run from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. You will need to plan your arrival and departure accordingly. On the last day, you will be involved in group multimedia presentations beginning at 3:30 p.m. Please be aware of this timing with travel arrangements – leaving early to catch a flight is not possible.

Do I need a car?

The recommended accommodations are within walking distance to campus. All the hotels provide shuttle service to and from the Spokane International Airport. The airport is approximately 15-20 minutes from campus.

Once you arrive on campus, all class locations will be within walking distance as well. Transportation will be provided for any activities scheduled by the department off campus.

Where should I stay?

Below is a list of several hotels that are within walking distance. Please note these rates are single occupancy and do not include tax. During the summer session on-campus housing is available. Contact information for on-campus housing will be provided closer to the summer session. There is no campus housing available during the Fall or Spring sessions.

Red Lion Hotel at The Park
W. 303 North River Drive
Spokane, WA 99201
Tel: 509-326-8000

  • Gonzaga rate $103.20 for standard room (subject to change)
  • Includes breakfast for two and parking
  • Complimentary Shuttle service from Hotel to Airport. A Courtesy phone is located at Baggage at Spokane International that directly dials the concierge to send a car for you.
  • If phoning reservation be sure to say you want the Gonzaga rate
  • If making an online reservation use the Special Rate tab on the right hand side. Under Preferred Corporate Account use code GZA.
  • Walking distance to both Gonzaga and Downtown Spokane

Red Lion River Inn
700 N. Division
Spokane, WA 99202
Tel: 509-326-5577

  • Gonzaga rate $95.20 for standard room (subject to change)
  • Includes breakfast for two
  • Complimentary Shuttle service from Hotel to Airport. A Courtesy phone is located at Baggage at Spokane International that directly dials the concierge to send a car for you.
  • If phoning reservation be sure to say you want the Gonzaga rate
  • If making an online reservation use the Special Rate tab on the right hand side. Under Preferred Corporate Account use code GZA.
  • Walking distance to both Gonzaga and Downtown Spokane

Oxford Suites Spokane
115 W. North River Drive
Spokane, Washington 99201
Phone: 509-353-9000

  • Gonzaga rate $101.00 for standard room (subject to change)
  • Complimentary Shuttle service from Hotel to Airport. Call 509-353-9000 to arrange shuttle service. Service available from 7 a.m. 10 p.m.
  • For the Gonzaga Rate phone reservation only/make sure to tell them you are a Gonzaga student
  • Walking distance to Gonzaga and Downtown Spokane

Holiday Inn Express
N. 801 Division Street
Spokane, Washington 99202
Front Desk: 1-509-328-8505

  • Gonzaga rate $105.95 for standard room weekday rate (subject to change)
  • Complimentary Shuttle service from Hotel to Airport. Call 509-328-8505.
  • MUST BE PRE-ARRANGED. Service available from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • For the Gonzaga Rate phone reservation only/make sure to tell them you are a Gonzaga student
  • Walking distance to Gonzaga and Downtown Spokane

Marianna Stoltz House Bed & Breakfast

427 East Indiana
Spokane, WA 99207
Phone: 509-483-4316

  • $95.00 – $125.00 (subject to change)
  • 5 Blocks from Gonzaga. 1 mile from Downtown Spokane.

What should I wear?

Dress is casual. You will be doing quite a bit of walking so wear comfortable shoes. It is typically always cool here in the morning and evenings so be sure to bring a coat/jacket and dress in layers. Make sure you check the weather before you leave we don’t want you caught off guard due to a change in weather.

If I have a car, where do I park?

A temporary parking pass will be posted to Blackboard before your immersion date.  Print it out, fill in the required information and place on your dash to avoid being ticketed.

 Program information subject to change.