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Subtitles: English, Arabic
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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 1

Module 1 is all about communication. But not the common sense or taken-for-granted notions of communication you might expect. Instead, we’re going to rethink communication and challenge some of the conventional wisdom about communication that is common in our society. We’ll compare and contrast different theories or models of communication, and see if we can develop a more sophisticated understanding of communication to understand the complexities of human interaction in today’s groups. We’ll also explore some of the hidden forces of group communication, like context, systems and institutions, and design. These are all things that are “present” in any group situation, influencing how we interact with each other, but easy to miss if we’re not looking. We want to expand our field of vision, so to speak, so we have a fuller understanding of what’s happening in any group situation....
Reading
8 videos (Total 64 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Summary of Course3m
1: Theories of Communication6m
2: Communication as Transmission7m
3: Communication as Social Construction16m
4: Context (Professional and Civic, Difference Between Groups and Teams)8m
5: Interaction Design9m
6: Systems and Institutions8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz30m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Module 2

Module 2 focuses on group development and decision making. We’ll look at how groups come together through socialization, how they develop norms, and how roles emerge. And we’ll compare and contrast different models that explain these processes. We’ll examine the various decision making traps that groups can fall into, while also developing better practices for making good group decisions. And we’ll explore how groups can be more creative and innovative in their decision making....
Reading
7 videos (Total 72 min), 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
1. Socialization, Norms, and Roles11m
2. Phase Models of Group Development8m
3. Multiple Sequence Model of Group Development10m
4. Hidden Traps in Decision Making13m
5. Practices for Making Better Decisions9m
6. Creativity and Innovation13m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz28m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Module 3

Module 3 is all about conflict, difference, and diversity. We’ll learn how groups can have a good fight and how you can choose the right words in a dispute…as well as how to negotiate with others when things get difficult. We’ll also explore why difference and diversity are so important for group communication, and how understanding the concept of identity is critical for our involvement in groups. And we’ll pay special attention to communication and gender, one of the most significant aspects of difference and diversity for groups to understand....
Reading
7 videos (Total 90 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
1. How to have a Good Fight9m
2. Choosing the Right Words11m
3. Basics of Effective Negotiation14m
4. Diversity Matters16m
5. Understanding Identity14m
6. Communication and Gender18m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz30m
Week
4
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Module 4

Module 4 covers group communication and technology…an increasingly prevalent aspect of the modern landscape of group work we must understand. We’ll look at the concept of virtual work and how groups are using technology, as well as various models and theories of media functionality and information processing. We’ll cover several practical and conceptual issues we should always keep in mind when it comes to technology and group communication, and we’ll explore some cutting-edge thinking about technology and group work through the fascinating theory of sociomateriality....
Reading
7 videos (Total 89 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
1. Virtual Work12m
2. How Groups are Using Technology17m
3. Models - Media Richness and Dual Capacity9m
4. Practical-Compatibility, Measuring Productivity, Anonymity, Synchronicity10m
5. Conceptual-Social Presence, Tech Determinism, and Tech Optimism15m
6. Sociomateriality17m
Reading1 reading
Suggested Readings10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz24m

Instructor

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Matthew A. Koschmann, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Communication

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

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