Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course
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This is an online magazine by Bovee & Thill, authors of the leading textbooks in business communication, published by Pearson, featuring resources for business communication and business writing instructors. For more information about Bovee & Thill texts and the exclusive, superior materials they provide for teaching a modern course, visit http://boveeandthillbusinesscommunicationblog.com. For instructor examination copies, go to http://blog.businesscommunicationnetwork.com/texts. To find your local sales representative, visit http://www.pearsonhighered.com/educator/replocator. To contact the authors, send an email to hotline@boveeandthillbusinesscommunicationblog.com. To get a free Comprehensive Guide to Business Communication Instructional Resources, visit http://blog.businesscommunicationnetwork.com/resources. Subscribe to a free weekly newsletter of new posts to all 11 of Bovee & Thill’s Online Magazines: http://sco.lt/8kgeVV.
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Join Bovee & Thill's Inner Circle for Business Communication on LinkedIn

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Membership in this group is restricted to instructors who have adopted a textbook written by Courtland Bovee or John Thill.


As a member, you will have a first-hand opportunity to influence the evolution of our textbooks and to receive recognition for your contributions, receive personal attention to your specific needs, develop relationships with other adopters of our texts, receive new cases between editions, be apprised in advance of publication about important additions or changes to our texts, and a variety of other benefits.


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Teach Your Students about PDFs

Teach Your Students about PDFs | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Illustration of Adobe Acrobat Professional in use. Students can see in this illustration that Adobe Acrobat lets reviewers make comments to any document in PDF format.


A PDF is the standard for printable documents on the web, yet Bovee & Thill texts were first, and still one of only a very few business communication texts, to discuss or illustrate it.

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Why You Need PowerPoint 2010 for Rapid E-Learning

Why You Need PowerPoint 2010 for Rapid E-Learning | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
I get a lot of questions about upgrading to PowerPoint 2010.  Most people who ask are still using PowerPoint 2003.  Starting with PowerPoint 2007, there are many features that make the rapid elearning process much more efficient.  I detailed some...

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Wikis in the Classroom: Three Ways to Increase Student Collaboration

Wikis in the Classroom: Three Ways to Increase Student Collaboration | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
One of the biggest mistakes we make in education is keeping the good work our students do hidden from the public. While professors are supposed to make public their research to advance understanding in their field, student work is only seen by the instructor and the student. Why not make the best work public? Not only does this encourage students to do better work, but also makes that work a resource for future students. Other students can benefit from the work, and it can serve as a model of what the instructor wants from students.

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Seven Keys to Improving Teaching and Learning

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Most students hate cumulative exams, largely because of the sheer volume of course material they need to study and demonstrate proficiency in.

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Why College Faculty Do or Don't Give Extra Credit

Why College Faculty Do or Don't Give Extra Credit | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Some instructors never offer it under any circumstances. Others embrace it as a way to help students learn the course material or improve a disappointing test score. The topic is extra credit and, as the authors of study on extra credit practices concluded in an issue of Teaching of Psychology, “few topics among academics precipitate as much acrimonious debate as offering extra credit in college courses.” (240) They wondered “why such a seemingly minor matter triggers such vehement reactions."


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Seven Ways to Make Office Hours Better for Students

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Most faculty schedule at least three office hours per week—that’s 2,700 minutes a semester. If you have 135 students, that’s 20 minutes for each student. Even if you have 270, that’s still 10 minutes per student.

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elearn Magazine: The Future of Online Learning

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Higher education is undergoing an explosive period of transformation that embraces the digital age. From tablets to smart phones to wikis and blogs, today's digital environment makes communication, c...

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Going the Distance: Number of Students Taking an Online Course Continues to Grow

Going the Distance: Number of Students Taking an Online Course Continues to Grow | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
For the past nine years the Sloan Consortium and the Babson Survey Research Group have taken a look at the state of online learning in the United States. The 2011 survey reveals that the number of students learning online has now surpassed six million, with nearly one-third of all students in higher education taking at least one online course.

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Join Up Your Thinking with Unified Communications

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How Online Education Is Changing the Way We Learn

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Online education is a $34 billion business. Here's how it grew so fast -- and why it's so vital for modern-day students.


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Web 2.0 Tools in Education: A Quick Guide

A basic guide on teaching and social media technologies for tech newbies.


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10 Internet Technologies Educators Should Be Informed About

10 Internet Technologies Educators Should Be Informed About | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

These Technologies Are Changing Education. Are You Familiar With Them?


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Characteristics of Millennial Students: What Professors Need to Know

Characteristics of Millennial Students: What Professors Need to Know | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
Millennials are extremely relational. They are more central to their parents’ lives than previous generations and are used to having the adults in their lives show great interest in them. They appreciate it when professors show that same interest, and they seem to be more willing to pursue learning outcomes when instructors connect with them on a personal level.

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Activity Helps Students Understand What They Read

Activity Helps Students Understand What They Read | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it
For many college instructors, getting students to read their textbooks is a continuous struggle. Not only are students unmotivated to read, but even when students do read they often lack the necessary skills to fully comprehend the material.

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Get a Handle on New Regulations Coming to Online Education Programs

Get a Handle on New Regulations Coming to Online Education Programs | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

If your institution’s online programs cross state lines to reach students, you need accurate, comprehensive information to help make sense of all the changes involving federal regulations and state authorization practices.


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Educators Hear Advice on How to Teach Large Courses

Educators Hear Advice on How to Teach Large Courses | Teaching a Modern Business Communication Course | Scoop.it

Virginia Tech surveyed faculty members who taught classes of more than 100 students to ask them to identify factors that they thought made classes of that size work. The top answers: a clear course structure, engaging pedagogy and "know[ing] your students."


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Pros and Cons of Social Media in Education

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The infographic below takes a look at how schools have fared with social media over the last few years — what platforms are best, where they’ve succeeded, and the challenges that lay ahead.

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