Business & Professional Communication Quarterly - My Favorite Assignment

Business & Professional Communication Quarterly - My Favorite Assignment

Association for Business Communication

My Favorite Assignment

Speeding teaching innovations to market

My Favorite Assignment is the ABC’s celebration of teaching innovation. Each lively, fast-paced session features 15 presenters—up to 45 speakers each year. Each speaker has only 3-minutes to explain their Favorite Assignment.

Audience participation is an essential part of the Teaching Moments experience. As each presenter takes the stage and afterwards as they exit they experience a Teaching Moments tradition: Thunderous Applause.

Here’s how it works: Conference, Journal & Internet

Experienced teachers will tell you that the first time they try a pedagogical innovation, it rarely works as they envisioned it. New methods require iteration: trial, assessment, and modifications. The Association for Business Communication’s My Favorite Assignment is designed to speed this development process by offering a forum for business communication educators to share fully-tested, successful teaching methods.

In the fast-moving conference session participants have 3-minutes to describe their teaching innovation. At the end of 3-minutes a bell is rung. The presenter then receives thunderous audience applause as their reward. Attendees gain a shopper’s sense of how the innovation might help their students. Audiences attending these sessions reach 150 to 200 academics.

In the journal The conference presenters submit a catalog-style description of their teaching innovation: Summary description, learning objectives, learning outcome assessment, etc. Submissions are triple-blind reviewed.

On this webpage you can inspect and teaching tools designed by the authors that deliver successful learning results: Lecture slides, assignment sheets, student work samples, grading rubrics, videos, and more.

Background

My Favorite Assignment was created by Wisconsin Professor Dan Dieterich. Upon his retirement in 2009 Dan enlisted DePaul’s D. Joel Whalen to take over his invention. Joel faithfully followed Dan’s successful formula: Energetic sessions, featuring very short presentations, and lavish audience appreciation. He added the journal article series and teaching materials web posting.

My Favorite Assignment Articles in Business & Professional Communication Quarterly

1. Whalen, D. Joel. (2017). “Teaching Innovations Soaring like a Flight of Balloons over Alburquerque.” Business & Professional Communication Quarterly. In Press: September 2017.

2. Whalen, D. Joel. (2017). “Bright as Stars in the Albuquerque Desert Sky: Classroom Tested Business Communication Assignments.” Business & Professional Communication Quarterly. In Press: June 2017.

3. Whalen, D. Joel. (2016). “Let’s have a cup of coffee and create some out-of-the-box teaching innovations, enhance cross-cultural communication and accelerate students’ professional development.” Business & Professional Communication Quarterly. Vol. 79. No. 3. September.

4. Whalen, D. Joel. (2016). “Pitching fish and innovative oral and written business communication assignments.” Business & Professional Communication Quarterly. Vol. 79. No. 2., Pp. 243-261.

5. Whalen, D. Joel. (2015). “A Well-Stitched Flag of Favorite Assignments: Leadership and Other-Focused Communication, and Projects.” Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. Vol. 78. No. 3. Pp. 355-377.

6. Whalen, D. Joel. (2015). “Let Favorite Assignments Ring: Sharpening Communication Tools and Self & Career Development.” Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. Vol. 78. No 2. Pp. 244-266.

7. Whalen, D. Joel. (2014). “All that Favorite Assignment Jazz From the ABC 2013 Annual Convention, New Orleans: Message packaging & delivery, Job Interview and On-the-Job communications.” Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. Vol. 77. No. 3. Pp. 330-350.

8. Whalen, D. Joel. (2014). “A Gumbo of Favorite Assignments: Global, Communicating Complex Information, Short Message Packaging—From the ABC 2013 Annual Convention, New Orleans.” Business and Professional Communication Quarterly. Vol. 77. No. 2. Pp. 217 - 237.

9. Whalen, D. Joel. (2013). My Favorite Assignment: Selections from the ABC 2012 Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.” Business Communication Quarterly. Vol. 76. No. 3 pp. 361-384.

10. Whalen, D. Joel. (2012). “My Favorite Assignment: Selections from the ABC 2011 Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada.” Business Communication Quarterly. Vol. 75. No. 3. September. pp. 317 – 339.

11. Whalen, D. Joel. (2011). “My Favorite Assignment: Selections from the ABC 2010 Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois.” Business Communication Quarterly. Vol. 74. No. 3. September. pp. 356 – 371

Soaring like Balloons Author List September 2017

Bright as Stars -Author List June 2017

Let’s Have a Cup of Coffee and Create Some Out-of-the-Box Teaching Innovations, Enhance Cross-Cultural Communication, and Accelerate Students’ Professional Development - Author List September 2016

Pitching Fish and Innovative Oral and Written Business Communication Assignments - Author List June 2016

A Well-Stitched Banner of Favorite Assignments - Leadership and Other-Focused Communication and Projects - September 2015

Let Favorite Assignments Ring-Sharpening Communication Tools and Self and Career Development - June 2015

All that Favorite Assignment Jazz from the ABC - Author List 2014

A Gumbo of Favorite Assignments - Author List 2014

Selections From the ABC 2012 Annual Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii BCQ - Author List 2013

My Favorite Assignment Published Papers 2012

Selections From the ABC 2011 Annual Convention, Montreal, Canada BCQ Author List 2012

My Favorite Assignment from the ABC 2010 Annual Convention Chicago, IL BCQ - Author List 2011

Selections from the ABC 2009 Annual Convention Portsmouth, VA BCQ - Author List 2010

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