Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course
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Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course
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Educators Connect, Collaborate, and Commiserate Online

Educators Connect, Collaborate, and Commiserate Online | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Online educators are finding ways to meet and share online through a variety of forums and groups. Tips for finding the spaces that are right for you and making the decision to participate. . .

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20 Things to Know About How Big Data Is Changing Colleges and Universities

20 Things to Know About How Big Data Is Changing Colleges and Universities | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
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The Impact of Video in Education

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How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources

How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Perhaps you have a special skill, talent, or knowledge-base that you want to share with others, and maybe you’ve heard that teaching online courses can make you a little extra money.


The resources below will help you discover how to combine both what you have to offer and what you wish to gain by guiding you through creating and establishing an online course. No matter what age of student, subject you want to teach, or size of the class, you will find resources and information to bring your class online. . .

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Are You Guilty of Using Zombie Nouns?

Are You Guilty of Using Zombie Nouns? | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Take an adjective (implacable) or a verb (calibrate) or even another noun (crony) and add a suffix like ity, tion or ism. You’ve created a new noun: implacability, calibration, cronyism. Sounds impressive, right?


Nouns formed from other parts of speech are called nominalizations. . .

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"I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why."

"I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why." | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

If you think a semicolon is a regular colon with an identity crisis, I will not hire you. If you scatter commas into a sentence with all the discrimination of a shotgun, you might make it to the foyer before we politely escort you from the building.


Some might call my approach to grammar extreme, but I prefer Lynne Truss's more cuddly phraseology: I am a grammar "stickler." And, like Truss — author of Eats, Shoots & Leaves — I have a "zero tolerance approach" to grammar mistakes that make people look stupid. . .

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Infographics As Press Releases: Three Beautiful Examples

Infographics As Press Releases: Three Beautiful Examples | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Infographics are all the rage these days. It makes sense. After all, we’re a visual species. Since our earliest days, images have captured our attention. They have been at the heart of storytelling, one of our first methods of expression and a fundamental tool for education.


Infographics, which are more detailed than photos and convey information more quickly than videos, tap into this visual learning style. They can prove especially powerful in press releases by extending the core message and highlighting the important components to bring the text to life.


Plus, they’re inviting.


According to a recent analysis of press releases by PR Newswire, the inclusion of multimedia assets significantly improves the number of views a message generates. In the age of social media, any advantage in grabbing a slice of your audience’s attention is worth seizing upon. . .

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Teaching "Taco Bell's Canon"

Teaching "Taco Bell's Canon" | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

In The Wall Street Journal, James E. Courter writes that today's students don't read—and as a result, they have sometimes hilarious notions of how the written language represents what they hear. . .

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Grammar Gaffes Invade the Office in an Age of Informal Email, Texting, and Twitter

Grammar Gaffes Invade the Office in an Age of Informal Email, Texting, and Twitter | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Managers are fighting an epidemic of grammar gaffes in the workplace, where looseness with language can create bad impressions with clients, ruin marketing materials and cause communications errors.

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Business Writing: How the Biggest Brands Use Storytelling

Business Writing: How the Biggest Brands Use Storytelling | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Human beings love to listen to good stories: We need a good story to share a laugh, to shed some tears, and to enjoy a chat over a cup of coffee. Creative brands work in the same fashion.


Bovee & Thill teach storytelling in their texts.


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Fanfare for the Comma Man

Fanfare for the Comma Man | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

When it comes to the comma, writers shouldn't play it by ear. 


Maybe more than any other element of writing, punctuation combines rules with issues of sound, preference, and personal style. . .

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Four Things You Need to Know to Help Your Students Manage Their Online Reputation

Four Things You Need to Know to Help Your Students Manage Their Online Reputation | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
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12 Most Expendable Phrases in Business Writing

12 Most Expendable Phrases in Business Writing | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Get out your red pens. It’s time to rewrite tired old phrases that need to be retired from the business world. We can start with these 12: . . .

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The Point of Exclamation

The Point of Exclamation | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Anybody who has ever logged on knows that online writing begets exclamation points. A lot of exclamation points!


Mocking this punctuational predilection is easy and fun. An amusing blog called “Excessive Exclamation!!” features photos of, for example, a Carl’s Jr. printed receipt with the words “PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW WE DID!!!” , , ,

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Thinking Codes for Effective Communication

Thinking Codes for Effective Communication | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw


The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives. - Tony Robbins


Communication works for those who work at it. - John Powell


Learn the thinking codes for effective communication . . .

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Teaching Business Communication: Videos and Presentations

Discover exciting business communication videos, presentations, online magazines, and a virtual pinboard with hundreds of items you can use in your classes tomorrow.
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How Do We Teach Critical Thinking in a Connected World?

How Do We Teach Critical Thinking in a Connected World? | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Along with creativity, collaboration, and communication, critical thinking is one of the four components of learning in the 21st century.

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Free Technology for Instructors: 12 Tools for Quickly Gathering Informal Feedback from Students

Free Technology for Instructors: 12 Tools for Quickly Gathering Informal Feedback from Students | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Here are twelve tools that you can use to quickly gather informal feedback from students . . .

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26 Wonderful Words You've Never Heard Before

26 Wonderful Words You've Never Heard Before | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

We've all heard  "A" is for "apple" and "B" is for "boy,'" but have you ever heard "A" is for "acersecomic" and "B" is for '"biblioclasm?"


We didn't think so.

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The Most Annoying, Pretentious, and Useless Business Jargon

The Most Annoying, Pretentious,  and Useless Business Jargon | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Strike this gobbledygook from your working vocabulary.


“Jargon masks real meaning,” says Jennifer Chatman, management professor at the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. “People use it as a substitute for thinking hard and clearly about their goals and the direction that they want to give others.” . . .


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A Visual Directory of Resources That Every Instructor Needs for Teaching a Successful Business Communication Course

A Visual Directory of Resources That Every Instructor Needs for Teaching a Successful Business Communication Course | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

"An unprecedented array of resources created by the leading authors in business communication."

Bovee & Thill's Online Business Communication Magazines's insight:

This collection of resources focus on a wide variety of media, including videos, PowerPoints, infographics, PDFs, and podcasts, covering every conceivable topic in business communication, so you can keep your course fresh and up to date.

These resources will help you spend less time preparing and more time teaching.

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Managers: Six Tips for Being a Good Communicator

Managers: Six Tips for Being a Good Communicator | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

here are five tips to help you improve your communication as a manager: . . .


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Learning How Geniuses Think and How to Apply These Lessons to Yourself

Learning How Geniuses Think and How to Apply These Lessons to Yourself | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

How do geniuses come up with ideas? What is common to the thinking style that produced "Mona Lisa," as well as the one that spawned the theory of relativity?


What characterizes the thinking strategies of the Einsteins, Edisons, daVincis, Darwins, Picassos, Michelangelos, Galileos, Freuds, and Mozarts of history? What can we learn from them? . . .

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