Practicum info

Communication 297R
Communication Practicum

Instructor: Eric Embree
Office: Spori 233
Phone: 496-3701

Twitter: @ericembree
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Friends! Welcome to Comm297R - Communication Practicum! The purpose of this class is to get you out of the classroom , working on real-world, professional projects. A practicum , as the name implies, is an opportunity to practice what you have been learning in the classroom. In this class, each of you will be asked to come up with a personal project that you will do over the course of the semester. You will give me regular progress reports, and report to me at the end of your project, but other than that you will be working pretty much on your own. Be sure to choose a project that will advance you personally or professionally. The project should be tied to your career goals. Imagine yourself sitting in a job interview and your prospective employer says, "Ok, I see which classes you have taken, but what have you DONE?" Your project should be something you would be excited to point to and explain.

So follow these steps:

  1. Choose a project. Dream BIG! The sky is the limit! You should be thinking career and resume material.
  2. Write up a contract. Be sure to include:
    1. What you will do.
    2. How much time you will spend. Include a timeline. You should plan to spend at LEAST 32 hours on this project.
    3. What you hope to accomplish. Be specific. Include both your educational objectives and your physical "deliverables."
    4. Who you will be working with. If your practicum includes working for or with a professional partner, give me their contact information.
  3. Send your contract to me sometime before Friday of next week so that I can approve it.
  4. Check in with me sometime before the 30th of each month, just to tell me how you are doing. Please stay in touch with me. I will expect regular updates. These updates will be part of your grade.
  5. Keep a journal of what you do and more importantly what you learn. This is important! Much of what we learn comes in retrospect, as we reflect on what we have just done. The journal will not only aid you in that reflection, but will be an invaluable tool when you begin writing your final report.
  6. Write up a report at the end. Tell me what you did and what you learned. You need not include your journal, but you may quote from it if you desire. Again, be VERY specific. 7-10 pages for the report is normal.
  7. Turn everything in on or before April 8.
  8. Have fun! Make it real and make it count!

Please contact me if you have any questions. Even though we will not be meeting face to face, I am available and willing to help you in any way possible. I may or may not bother creating this class on Ilearn, since I think we can communicate just fine via email, phone, etc. Make this a worthwhile experience!
Best wishes,
Brother Embree