As the economy changes course and technology advances further and further, we find ourselves working with diverse others across projects, space and time. This course examines the interpersonal, organizational and intercultural dimensions and processes 'at work' in distributed/virtual/remote workplaces. Exploring the nature of the web 2.0/3.0 world, we look at emerging forms of technology, work and organization, reflecting on what they mean for us as we go to work in everyday life. As a communication class, this class also examines the meanings we attach to our technological forms of work as they change our expectations of home and work life and ourselves in a culturally, socially and globally interdependent workplace and the communicative skills we need to do good work in these times. Assignments will include online quizzes, three essays, participation in discussion boards, and a group project and report.
This course can be applied toward:
Textbooks and Materials
No textbooks required. All readings are online.
Kristin Slattery is a Special Instructor in the Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She teaches Introduction to Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and soon, Public Argumentation. Her interests vary but are generally focused on applied communication skills. She is committed to campus-community connections. She believes that as a communication studies major you are especially well equipped to be out doing good things for our community and our democracy. To that end, she advocates the use of community based research as well as service learning, and is proud to be part of a department that values these teaching methods.