Teaching the Large Class: Communication 101

Pass the Parcel:
Teaching the Large
Introductory Class
Jenny Mandelbaum
Department of Communication
Pass the Parcel
Challenges of teaching and
learning in the large class
 Overwhelming
 Anonymous
 Diverse
Introduction to Communication
Monday/Thursday 11:30-12:50, Scott 135
Fall, 2005
Dr. Jenny Mandelbaum,
Dept. of Communication
Office hours: Monday 1-2:30, Thursday 10-11;
Monday & Thursday, after class in
classroom (briefly);
and other times by appointment
4 Huntington St., rm. 211
(2nd floor of the SCILS building, next to
Alexander Library, CAC)
732-932-7500 ext. 8120
(best way to reach me)
Class website:https://webct.rutgers.edu
Brent D. Ruben and Lea P. Stewart
(2005). Communication and Human
Behavior. 5th Edition. Boston, MA: Allyn
and Bacon.
Study guide website:
This excellent website has practice test
questions, flash cards, a glossary, etc.
Tentative Schedule of Activities
M 10/17 Sticks and stones...? What to say
about Language
Chapter 7
Th 10/20 A picture is worth a thousand words?
Nonverbal Communication
Chapter 8
M 10/24 You say potato, I say potato...
The impact of Culture
Chapter 14
Communication and Me -- Why Study
Introduction to Communication, 9/8/05
1. Native/Personal theories
--What is a native theory?
--What do we use them for?
--Some characteristics of native theories
2. Scholarly theories
--Characteristics of scholarly theories
3. Native/Personal theories about communication
Challenges of taking a large class, and how to
meet those challenges: (Fill in on first day of
The Syllabus
Course Goals
This class is designed to introduce students to major
areas in the study of communication. We are all "lay"
experts in communication. By the end of the course
students will recognize differences between
vernacular and academic approaches to
communication, and will be able to apply theories of
perception, the self, culture, language, nonverbal
communication, mediated communication,
relationships, groups, and organizations, and mass
communication to real life situations. Despite its size,
this class is a hands-on, active learning experience.
Prepare to be involved.