Reflection Paper on COMM 3120
The Maximum length of the paper will be five pages and it should written in APA Style
Guidelines of the paper (evolving):
In this paper, you will look back on personal experiences in learning course materials in the subject and measure how that experience has helped you to grow or change during the semester.
The course has provided you with a grounding in key aspects of Communication Theories and their functions and are concerned with the systematic description and explanation of a particular phenomenon. The major function of theory is to describe, explain, and predict behavior and is heuristic for it stimulates and guides the further development of knowledge.
Throughout the semester, we discussed how theories help us to make sense of the world around us. Some theories are “grand” (think ideologies), while others are more narrow (consider particular economic or scientific theories –like the theory of relativity). But regardless of their scope, all theories shape how we make judgments about reality, relationships, circumstances, and decisions in our lives. More importantly, this course exposed you to theories of communication, both large and small, with the intention of better equipping you to make sense of the communicative aspects of your world. The overarching goal of this course was to think about and analyze communication in a systematic way (i.e., in a logical way!).
What did you do in the class was?
Read about major communication theories /research processes and demonstrate
of ideas in these readings by taking quizzes;
Demonstrated abilities to critically analyze communication issues by participating in class discussions and discussing a particular theory and reacting and posting comments on someone’s posting on D2L every week;
Related your understanding of specific communication theory by class discussions;
Demonstrated abilities to systematically examine specific communication phenomenon by writing a Theory Application paper.
In this paper, you will document your understanding and interpretation of different theories and what you have learned. It will have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion to share your learning experiences, knowledge, and skills-set and how those learning outcomes created change in you during the learning process in the semester. The paper has two parts, and the following are the outlines for your guidance:
In Part I, you will express your learning outcomes from the class, and it should include the following elements:
have a sound grasp of the concepts, functions, and processes of communication theory;
have compared the field of communication studies with other social sciences and understand its varied contributions to the knowledge/practice of human interaction.
Have to analyze communication phenomenon from different perspectives (both general theoretical views and specific theories);
recognize and explain major communication theories;
applying knowledge of communication theories to “real world” issues.
In summary, in Part I, you will outline or summarize what did you learn from this class and how you will apply in your professional field in the future.
In Part II, you will explain your learning experiences during the COVID-19 Crisis via WebEx class meetings, your struggles, and your ability to cope with them, if any, during the crisis, and you should include the answers to the following questions. Please be reminded that the following items are examples but not limited to your experience of WebEx class, and you may express your ideas and expertise that is not mentioned herein these questions below:
What did your instructor do to reduce your apprehension and anxiety during this time of disruption—Covid-19? What might he do more of next time during a crisis?
Given your experience in this class this semester, what adjustments or special considerations should be made for AY2020-21 courses?
B. Student Engagement in Learning
How well did this instructor get students to engage with the subject matter and think critically about the topic? For example, did the instructor
made the subject matter enjoyable?
Created a relaxed atmosphere in which students felt free to ask questions or make comments?
Was able to give clear and constructive feedback to students when they asked questions or made contributions to the class?
Exposed students to relevant topics, sources, theories?
Encouraged students to make specific reference to readings, experiences, or other sources?
Stimulated students to address how ideas might be applied or what interpretive implications they might have?
Encouraged students to connect course content to ideas and situations beyond the immediate topic of the class?