Monday, July 12, 2010
Learning to Communicate
The primary function of a center for communication is learning to present ideas and information in the most effective format applicable to a targeted audience. Students learn by doing projects they select and design within the framework of supervised genres of presentation, including exposes, occasional papers, white papers, investigative reports, and intelligence estimates.
Using expert researchers, analysts and journalists as guest instructors, advisors, and distance-learning faculty, students are mentored on how to plan a project, conduct the research, write up the results, and disseminate their analysis in varying formats for different venues. These skills are then built on in studies, seminars, and exercises designed to examine the uses of communication devices, in which students create products based on the information acquired in their initial research project.