109th Annual ECA Convention

Building Bridges

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April 25-29, 2018

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Basic Course

ECA Bi-Annual Basic Course Conference

Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time: 9:00-5:00pm
Location: Omni Parker House

2017 Basic Course Conference Planner:
Angela Hosek
Ohio University

The 108th Annual ECA Convention in Boston will offer the biennial Basic Course Conference (#BCC17).

Breakfast and Registration

Opening Comments and Goal Setting
Basic Course Conference Planner, Angela M. Hosek, Ohio University

Plenary Workshop – Teaching Practice Enhancement in the Basic Course.

This workshop and interactive session will be lead by Teacher Transformational Training (TTT) Co-Founder Dr. Pratt Bennett, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. This session will allow basic course instructors to engage with vexing issues they face in their classes. The workshop is designed to help each instructor design, experiment with, and refine more effective teaching tools for their specific courses and create plans to track their effectiveness. In addition to basic course instructors identifying and designing new ways to experiments with their courses, we also plan to propose a panel for ECA 2018 from this session that allows us to come back together to share our successes, learning opportunities, and revisions plans based on the experimentations we devise in this workshop.


Plenary Town Hall Debate. Freedom to Consider the Following Resolution: The Communication field must establish a Basic Communication Course that is consistent in content and format across colleges and universities.

This animated and engaged town hall debate comprised of panelists who have served as past presidents of the Eastern Communication Association, the Central States Communication Association, and the National Communication Association will engage the following. This program examines the role that the Basic Communication Course (BCC) plays in the field of communication studies.  Specifically, this debate will look at two specific concerns related to the BCC:  Content and Approach.  Debaters will examine several questions, including:  What should be taught in the BCC across various departments?  Should the field be encouraging consistency in BCC content so that administrators and laypeople understand the field?  What approach works best in the BCC?  Hybrid? Public speaking? Theoretical? Interpersonal/Group/Team?  In the spirit of the old Town Hall debates, audience members will be involved in the debate, overtly demonstrating their support for one side or the other.

Panelists include:

Supporting the Resolution- Lynn H. Turner, Marquette University; Nancy Willets, Cape Cod Community College; David McMahan, Missouri Western State University;

Opposing the  Resolution-Rich West, Emerson College; Sara Weintraub, Regis College; Candice Thomas-Maddox, Ohio University-Lancaster.

Moderated by Scott Myers, West Virginia University.
Breakout Panels: Freedom to take Teaching Risks: Exploring Best and New Practices for Teaching  the Basic Communication Course

This panel features “best practice” teaching ideas drawn from a wide variety of teaching experience and expertise. The panel is organized in a round-robin manner showcasing a variety of teaching ideas in a variety of contexts. Every 20 minutes, participants will move together in a clockwise manner to the next station. Panelists will demonstrate their teaching ideas and provide participants with handouts detailing instructions, materials needed, and ways to process the teaching idea so that the activity is tied to course content and learning objectives.           
Basic Communication Course Closing Comments, Chair: Angela M. Hosek, Ohio University
Closing comments from the Basic Communication Course Conference Program Planner. Participants who attend this session will also have the opportunity to win a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble bookstore.
Optional Post-Conference Social Gathering (location to be announced)