Class Highlight - Organizational Communication


Organizational Communication class

What class?

LSAL 5313 - Organizational Communication

Why is it cool?

As technology advances, it’s quickly transforming how we communicate. We expect communication to be rapid, concise and engaging, and the workplace is no exception. Multi-page training manuals, memos and books are quickly being replaced with videos, podcasts and infographics.

In Organizational Communication, students will learn about the importance of communication in organizations, where hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people have to communicate to achieve desired outcomes.

“This course is ideal for students who want to push their creative limits by doing more than writing an academic paper."

“Misunderstandings occur daily. To convey an intended message, we must choose our words wisely. But words alone are often inadequate,” said course instructor Ruby Daniels. “We must also consider facial expression, body language, gesture, vocal inflection, context, culture and so much more.”

Daniels said the course will include real-world application, as students analyze and discuss communication challenges within their current organizations.

“While students will learn general theories about organizational communication, the course focuses on the development of communication skills that students can start using immediately,” Daniels said.

By the end of the class, students will be able to develop memorable and impactful messages that can be used to further organizational outcomes. Students will show off these new skills in their final project, a multi-media video based on what they learn.

“This course is ideal for students who want to push their creative limits by doing more than writing an academic paper,” Daniels said.

Talk to your advisor to see if this class might be right for you, or see what else is offered by the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Tami Althoff

Tami Althoff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She is a reporter with more than 20 years’ experience working for newspapers, including The Oklahoman. She has covered everything from breaking news to local music and art. She loves sports, especially OU football and basketball games, where she often embarrasses her children by yelling too loudly.