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SPCM 378 - Virtual Workplace Communication

  • 3 credits
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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.

Textbooks and Materials

No textbooks required. All readings are online.


Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth A. Williams is an assistant professor of organizational communication. Elizabeth teaches classes in organization and professional communication as well as communication in the health care clinic. Her research interests include identification and leadership in a variety of organizational contexts, including distributed teams, multi-team systems, organizations experiencing change, and health organizations. Her work has been published in "Journal of Communication", "Journal of Health Communication", “Health Communication", and various edited volumes. She has conducted communication workshops in a variety of corporate and academic settings, has been recognized for excellence in teaching, and in 2007, she was awarded Purdue University's College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Master's Thesis Award.