Teaching Interpersonal Communication Online: Experiential Opportunities and Student Engagement

Tony Docan-Morgan


This online undergraduate course introduces students to the various dimensions of interpersonal communication. Students learn about the role of interpersonal communication in forming and maintaining personal and social relationships, listening, feeling and expressing emotion, using language, self-disclosing, communicating nonverbally, perceiving others, and managing conflict. Students are engaged actively during online activities and discussions through reflection, synthesizing information and drawing conclusions, and applying course material to case studies and their own lives. Students complete quizzes, self-assessments, and an experiential assignment that requires them to identify an occupation of personal interest, investigate that occupation via a job shadow and interview, identify how course concepts may play a role in that occupation, and plan how to be a competitive job candidate for that occupation. 


interpersonal communication; relationships; career; occupation

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