of Appalachian State University led a special March workshop about
incorporating service learning in communications courses at the
School of Communications.
incorporating service-learning segments in his Interpersonal Communication
course about five years ago. "At the time, I didn't know what I
was doing was called 'service learning,'" he explained. He soon
began to incorporate service learning in two more classes, Theories
and Practices of Persuasion and Internet Communication.
His work with
the Persuasion course has evolved into a semester-long, project-based,
service-learning piece aimed at aiding non-profit organizations.
He also helped incorporate service learning in the introduction
course for Appalachian State's communication department. His research
is now focused on pedagogy and the use of technology to improve
service-learning courses. He was the service-learning faculty member
of the year at Appalachian State in 2001 and 2003.
Among the questions
he answered were:
- What's the
difference between community service, service learning, and internships?
- What can
service learning add to communication courses beyond other forms
of active learning?
- How can service
learning be adapted to different course goals?
- How can communication
departments strategically "layer" service learning?
- How can you
use Blackboard to enhance the service learning components in your
was in charge of coordinating the event.
For more information
about Clark's service-learning projects, see http://www1.appstate.edu/~clarkne.