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||Emphasizing oral communication skills in an upper-level electronics course
||The upper level analog and digital electronics laboratory at Carleton College has recently been modified to emphasize the development of oral communication skills. While written communication in the form of lab notebooks and formal lab write-ups has long had a significant role in advanced lab courses, oral communication often does not receive as much focus. One of the challenges of emphasizing oral communication in the advanced lab is finding time for regular student presentations. New technologies, such as screencasting and easy-to-use video recording and editing tools, offer alternative ways to incorporate oral communication opportunities into courses.
I will provide an overview of the scope and organization of the electronics course, the labs and student projects included in the course, and how I have incorporated student screencasts and videos into the course in an effort to emphasize oral communication skills. Student response to creating screencasts and videos has been mixed, and I will discuss what I see as the benefits and challenges of these new approaches.
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