Think of someone (or something) who has an influence on how you perceive things. Do you feel that influence is undue influence?

Module 1 DQ # 1

Think of someone (or something) who has an influence on how you perceive things. Do you feel that influence is undue influence? What factors influence how you perceive educational information?

Module 1 DQ # 2

• Reflecting on the following list, what is the latest acceptable time for arriving at each event?

o Religious services
o Class
o Doctor
o A birthday party at a bar
o A birthday party at an acquaintance house
o Library
o Dinner at the house where you grew up
o Movie

Which events are more clearly aligned with either monochronic or polychronic time systems? How does your personal view on time systems impact your time management? Which of Randy Pausch’s time management strategies can you utilize to ensure your success in the online classroom?

Module 2 DQ # 1
How is your communication style different in the classroom than when you are in other contexts? How does written communication change in academic settings compared to other forms of written communication (email, texting, business, etc)? How do nonverbal cues function in online classroom communications?

Module 2 DQ # 2
• Understanding written communication relies on a shared understanding between the reader and the writer. Thus, to ensure you are maximizing the value of written communication, it is important that you utilize effective reading strategies. Conduct an Internet search for each of the following (you may utilize the following search terms or substitute terminology with similar meaning):
o effective reading strategies
o maximize reading comprehension
o improve reading skills
As you search, explore the various websites and identify the strategies that you find most valuable to enhancing your reading effectiveness. Create (and share) your list of “top five effective reading strategies.” What one strategy do you plan on implementing to improve your reading skills?

Module 3 DQ # 1
Do you ever try to listen while you’re doing other things? How does that affect your listening skills? What does it mean for you to “listen well”? What kinds of behaviors do you exhibit when you are really trying to listen? How can you apply your understanding of listening to be a more effective student?
Module 3 dq # 2
Why is it difficult to listen to boring information (such as a lecture)? Who holds the responsibility for making a presentation more interesting—the speaker or the listener? Why? How can you integrate critical thinking strategies to make listening to information more interesting or meaningful?

Module 4 DQ # 1
Has Skype, Facetime, Zoom or other face-to-face, technology-mediated communication changed your interpersonal relationships? Explain. How does technology impact communication in our modern world? Share an example in which conflict may have occurred based on a misunderstood text message, e-mail or social media communication

Module 4 DQ # 2
Often, conflict arises due to differences in how individuals approach a task or group endeavor. One key difference between students lies in preferred learning styles; take the learning styles test at <link is hidden> Based on this assessment, what is your learning style? Do you agree with this assessment? How can you tailor your learning experiences to align with your learning style? Likewise, how can you apply an understanding of learning styles to minimize conflict in group assignments?

Module 5 DQ # 1
How do online groups affect the dynamics of group communication? If we think of the classroom as a group, what are some norms that have formed in this class? How are these norms different compared to the norms that exist in other classes? How does new technology change what online group interactions can look like? What are the benefits and challenges of participating in virtual meetings?

Module 5 DQ # 2
Effectively collaborating in groups requires that all individuals adhere to the same writing standards, style and expectation. To facilitate this process, Aspen University has adopted APA style as the standard format for writing assignments (see Aspen University expectations for writing at <link is hidden> Conduct an online search for website resources that help students learn to write in APA style. Provide a list of the three resource websites that you find most useful for learning to write in APA style. Reflecting on the lists of your peers, which sites have you used in the past? What suggestions or advice can you offer to help master APA style?

Module 6 DQ # 1
Why do you think it’s important to pick a topic that is important or interesting to the speaker? What are some ways to choose a speech topic? What do you find to be interesting beginnings of speeches? What makes a speech memorable?

Module 6 DQ # 2
• Plagiarism is a concern in all universities. As an example, watch the plagiarism tutorial at <link is hidden> and read Ronald B. Standler’s report at <link is hidden>
o Why do you think some people plagiarize?
o Is there any such thing as accidental plagiarism? What steps can you take to ensure that you provide proper credit for resources in all your written and oral communication?
o What online resources are most valuable for understanding – and avoiding – plagiarism?

Module 7 DQ # 1
Why is it more difficult to give a good speech from a manuscript rather than an extemporaneous speech? What are some ways that you can improve your vocal delivery? What do you think are the most distracting mistakes people make when delivering a speech?

Module 7 DQ # 2
Watch: <link is hidden> /> Then answer this: Have you ever had an experience where a speaker’s PowerPoint presentation was ineffective? What was bad or distracting about it? How would you suggest changing the person’s presentation to make it more effective?

Module 8 DQ # 1
Watch a broadcast news show on television (ABC, CBS, or NBC) or on their Internet outlets. Do you think that what you see constitutes ethical speaking or was there clear bias in the presentation? Explain? Can a speech or presentation be informative but not persuasive? Can it be persuasive but not informative?

Module 8 DQ # 2
Informative presentations rely on your ability to find, analyze and utilize credible information. How do you know if information is reliable? What steps should you utilize to verify the value, validity and relevance of an information source? Why some online resources (such as Wikipedia) are considered inappropriate for use as an academic reference? How do these types of online resources differ from more credible online sources (such as Google Scholar)?

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