Excellent Communicator

Effective communicators are able to effectively, clearly and logically convey ideas to diverse audiences using the appropriate form and level of communication.

  1. Why is this graduate attribute important?
  2. Ideas for incorporating into module or programme

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Why is this graduate attribute important?

Students need to be able to communicate effectively with their peers, lecturers, professional colleagues and employers. Effective communication skills help students to improve their academic performance and increase their employment options.

It has always been important for graduates to have excellent communication skills, but in today’s highly inter-connected world, the ability to communicate using a variety of channels is even more important. Good teamwork begins with good communication, and feedback from employers of DIT graduates indicates that being an excellent communicator ranks as the most important graduate attribute our graduates can have.

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Ideas for incorporating into module or programme

Some case study ideas linking skills development to specific learning outcomes are provided below.

Collating information

When students give an individual or group presentation, allocate a mark/provide feedback the effectiveness of their visual design design of their accompanying slides.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Biological Sciences

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. Clearly communicate an idea using digital design tools
  2. Compare online dissemination practices in your discipline
  3. Decide on appropriate levels of information to communicate

Summarising information

Instead of asking students to write an essay or prepare a project plan, ask students to present their ideas as a concept map using software such as Freemind, Mindmap etc.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Health Sciences

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. Use multi-media methods to present and disseminate scientific ideas
  2. evaluate tools to them to present data and information

Working collaboratively online

As a way to record the way in which students work together, ask them to maintain an online record of their work, using google drive, webcourses and or a wiki space.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Optometry

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. Collaborate with others (students, staff and colleagues) sharing files and information; use appropriate tools to manage information

Presenting practical tasks

Instead of a practical write up, ask students to maintain a blog using Wordpress.com

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Electrical Engineering

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflect on skills and personal development to identify individual skills
  2. Use appropriate tools to manage information/strategy for file storage/naming

Communicate using ICT tools

Instead of demonstrating protocols to students, students create videos of standard protocols for sensory analysis tests (setting up sensory booth, preparing samples, test sheets etc.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Pharmacy

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. Combine both print and digital tools to communicate information to different audiences
  2. Decide on appropriate levels of information to communicate online to different audiences

Collaborate and share online data

Instead of individual students reporting upon a e-tourism strategies of a particular destination, students work together on a group project using a wiki.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Event Management

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. Engage in online communities to access and share information appropriately
  2. Transfer the online skills of finding, critically evaluating and deploying information to a real-life context

Learning experiences of students on placement

Instead of asking students to write a report on their experiences, students out on work placement undertake a period of writing individual reflective blogs (4 x weekly blog @ 400 words per blog) to capture their experiences and reflections on experiences.

Interested in finding out more? RAFT Case Study - Health Care

Example Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify individual skills reflect and communicate a critical self-awareness through use of an online blog
  2. Present a professional profile using social media tools

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