Interactivity Accountability: How are We Educating Undergraduate Students in Communication Studies?

By Diane Polachek and Andrea Breemer Frantz.

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This paper addresses how undergraduate Communication Studies students are being educated in relation to the construct of interactivity accountability and the H.O.P.E. Model. Since the interactive college classroom is a venue for meaningful communication and learning, Communication Studies faculty can genuinely commit to a unique interactive teaching style resulting in an optimal teaching-learning process. The construct of interactivity accountability, which calls for the mutual responsibility of faculty and students to create and maintain an optimal teaching-learning experience, is addressed in this paper. The H.O.P.E. model is also presented and the four components central to the model — expectations, organization, participation, and evaluation — are discussed along with authentic examples and best practices in undergraduate Communication Studies. The H.O.P.E. Model serves as an effective paradigm to initiate professional discussion and reflection, and to improve the teaching and learning processes.

Keywords: Interactivity Accountability, Best Practices in Communication Studies, Effective Teaching and Learning, The H.O.P.E. Model of Teaching and Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 9, pp.527-536. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.263MB).

Dr. Diane Polachek

Associate Professor of Education, & Teacher Certification Officer, Education Department, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Diane M. Polachek is an Associate Professor of Education at Wilkes University located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels of the Teacher Education Program and serves as Teacher Certification Officer for Wilkes University. Among Dr. Polachek’s research interests are: effective classroom teaching, cooperating teacher training in the supervision of student teachers, effective cross-curricular teaching-learning experiences, eLearning, and children’s educational television. Dr. Polachek was the executive producer and host of the award-winning children’s educational television show “WOW!” She was honored with the Carpenter Award for Outstanding Teaching at Wilkes University. She has been invited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to serve on the Advisory Group for statewide certification program evaluation. In addition, Dr. Polachek has been appointed to the Early Learning Career Preparation and Development Advisory Committee, a statewide group created to advise the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. She has been a regular presenter on the international educational scene.

Dr. Andrea Breemer Frantz

Associate Professor, Communication Studies Department, Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Andrea Breemer Frantz is an Associate Professor of Journalism at Robert Morris University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her areas of research include civic and citizen journalism; community journalism; media ethics and law; and student mentoring and empowerment. She teaches communication theory, research methods, mass communication law, senior seminar in ethics as well as a variety of journalism courses. Frantz was named 2004 Journalism Teacher of the Year by the national Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Small Programs Interest Group, and also received a Faculty Achievement Award and the 2008 Faculty Diversity Leadership Award from Wilkes University. She regularly presents at national conferences and most recently presented a paper on “Sustaining Innovation in Journalism” at the 2008 AEJMC Conference. Frantz has also authored and co-authored several works, the most recent of which was a collaborative article with Dr. Jim Culhane, “An Interdisciplinary Oral History Initiative” in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education in 2007.


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