Student Feedback About the Hybrid 8-Week CST 110

This past semester went by in a flash! No class went by quicker, though, then the 8-week hybrid course that started this past Fall 2012 semester in October and ended in December. Hyrid courses are accelerated– there is more reading and coursework in a condensed amount of time. Also, there are more online resources to review to apply to the two major projects that I assign during the 8-week period. Here is some feedback from students who took my section 083A hybrid course this past semester:

Student Feedback #1: “…It Is Important to Tell How You Feel and What You Think”

Giving public speech has been always a challenge for me since I came to the USA. I was always worried if people would make fun of me, because I didn’t speak perfect English. Also I was worried if I make any mistakes. However, when I started learning English at NOVA, I figured there are many students who are just like me, who are learning English, and people who speak English fluently try to help me. Therefore, I decided to take this class in order to help myself to become a better English speaker in public.

Creating PSA was a bit difficult for me. The reason is that I like to be in control whatever I do. However, during creating a presentation with other people, there were a few things we did not agree. Also, it was very hard because, our schedules didn’t fit, and I had to drive over one hour to get to meet one of the group members. But the positive side that I learned is, sometimes working in group has more advantage than working alone. There are more ideas, and people see different areas if there is a problem with the project, and how to manage time outside of the class as well as during presentation, and so on.  Now I know “two brains are better than one.”

I have never given an Ignite speech; I didn’t even know what Ignite speech was before. It was also a bit challenging, because I told a story that I never did before. After giving the speech I felt so light inside. I felt my biggest fear and stress released. Furthermore, I learned how to present myself in public, such as how to behave in public while giving a speech, how to make connection with the audience, and more importantly to breathe and speak louder. J During Ignite speech I thought I was yelling, but my audience had a hard time to listen to me. Therefore, now I know that, it might be my nature to speak low, but sometimes it is very important to speak much louder, even if it means come out from my comfort zone, to be heard. Because someday I might speak for myself and others in important case.

Moreover, I learned how to give a public speech not only through the book, but also my classmates and my teacher. It was so much help for me to give a speech with a teacher’s guide and example of classmates’ speech, such as making eye contact with audience, where to pause, what kind of display should be appropriate, and so. I couldn’t have done my speeches without these helps. So thank you so much!

All in all, I am very happy that I took this class. It helped me to understand not only how to work and communicate with other people, and how to present myself in public, but also, more importantly helped me to believe in myself. Some people may not agree with you, but it is important to tell how you feel and what you think as well as think through others’ points.

-Fall 2012 hybrid course student in CST 110 section 83a

Student Feedback # 2: “Communication is Required in Every Field of Profession”

I underestimated the power of communication. One of the first activities we did in class was about nonverbal communication. To communicate non-verbally was extremely challenging, almost impossible. During the activity, I was very frustrated and confused, because I could not successfully convey my message nor understand my partner’s message. All I wanted to do was break the rule and start verbal conversation. The activity seems to take forever even though realistically it only lasted about 5 minutes. After this activity, my previous opinion on communication changed. I realized that I rely on verbal communication. I stated to understand the power it has over me; therefore this class helped me to appreciate being able to simply communicate verbally. From this point on, I saw the importance of improving my communication skills and the purpose behind this class.

-Fall 2012 hybrid course student in CST 110 section 83a

Student Feedback #3: “There is More to Communication Than What I First Thought”

Before taking this class, I never really considered to define the meaning of communication and how to communicate effectively. Always thought hearing and being heard was what communication is. Coming from an African culture there are ways of communication that to others means rudeness like looking down when talking to an elderly or someone in authority like a boss is a sign of respect. Also because of the tone we use in some of our dialects one may always assume aggressiveness in the way we speak. Speech anxiety was one of my main fears not knowing how my speech will be perceived was always at the back of my head. Learning how to overcome this was one of the reasons why I took this class.

By reading the text book for this class, I realized there is more to communication than what I first thought. There are different forms of communication we use on a given day, some being nonverbal and others being verbal. How well we listen to others, how we connect to others, and how to communicate effectively are some forms of communication techniques that I learned from this class.

This class has helped me to develop skills in speaking, persuading, and listening using non verbal and verbal communication to communicate effectively. With all these skills, I am looking forward in using them in my every day communications being interpersonal relationships, working in groups, public speaking and public communication.  Hoping that with all that I have learned, I will be an effective communicator.

-Fall 2012 hybrid course student in CST 110 section 83a

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The above excerpts were from essays students wrote to assess how they have grown over the span of the course.

I will be teaching CST 110 Intro to Communication again during SPRING 2013 as well as one CST 100 which is Principles of Public Speaking. Below is my CST 100 course info:

 

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Updated Schedule

(In photo: My Fall 2011 CST 110 -sec 30a class)

 

Hello Students!

My schedule changed before the first day of school. All of my classes for Fall 2012 are now on the Alexandria campus.

The days, times and sections are below:

CST 110-Section 28 A Tuesday 7:30pm-8:45pm, Room 125, Tyler Building (Alexandria)

CST 110-Section 29A MW  9:30am-10:45am  Room 253, Tyler Building (Alexandria)

CST 110-Section 30A MW 11am-12:15pm Room 114, Tyler Building (Alexandria)

CST 110- Section 83A Tuesday 9:30am-10:45am, Tyler Bldg, (Alexandria)

Section 83 A  begins the second 8-week session. It is shorter in length, so the course will be accelerated. Sections 29A and 30A are regular 16 week courses. Section 83A is a hyrid course that meets once a week and has significant amounts of work done on line as well. If you sign up for a hybrid course, it is essential that you have regular computer and internet access and the ability to use Blackboard.

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Fall 2012 Course Schedule

Hello Students!

This Fall 2012 semester, I am teaching four classes– three on Alexandria’s campus and one on the Annandale campus.

The days, times and sections are below:

CST 110-Section 29A MW  9:30am-10:45am  Room 253, Tyler Building (Alexandria)

CST 110-Section 30A MW 11am-12:15pm Room 114, Tyler Building (Alexandria)

CST 110- Section 83A Tuesday 9:30am-10:45am, Tyler Bldg, (Alexandria)

CST 110- Section 80N MW 2:00-4:50pm, Room TBA, (Annandale)

Sections 83 A and 80N begin the second 8-week session. They are shorter in length, so the course will be accelerated. Sections 29A and 30A are regular 16 week courses. Section 83A is a hyrid course that meets once a week and has significant amounts of work done on line as well. If you sign up for a hybrid course, it is essential that you have regular computer and internet access and the ability to use Blackboard.

I look forward to working with you and hope your Fall semester is enjoyable!

 

Cheers,

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman

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