Depoe Environmental Communication Class--IECA Excursion #2: Interest Areas and Member Search
IECA members: Greetings. We are now in week #4 of my undergraduate Environmental Communication Class at the University of Cincinnati in which I have required my 49 students (COMM and EVST students) to join IECA as part of the class. I am assigning 10 "IECA Excursions" during the semester (see previous posts) in order to familiarize the students with IECA, our web site, members, and other assets, as well as helping students to understand the value of belonging to a professional organization in a particular field or area of study, work, or interest.
I assigned Excursion #2 today. Excursion #2 asks students to return to their member profiles, pick out five interest areas that they previously chose for the profile, and do the following tasks:
1. Click on the interest area (e.g. "climate disruption") and observe the list of other IECA members who have also chosen that interest area to follow.
2. Count the total number of members who selected the interest area, and provide the count (e.g. "climate disruption--85").
3. View individual members in the list, find one member who has an academic job (i.e., professor, teacher) and one member who has a non-academic job (government official, NGO, corporate, student), and write a one-paragraph summary of that person's profile and interests.
4. Review the overall list of interest areas, and suggest three topics (words, phrases) that are not currently on the list that should be added.
Next week, for Excursion #3, I am going to ask each student to contact three members of IECA via e-mail and ask them why they joined the organization, and what excites them about the field of environmental communication. If you get an e-mail request of this type, please know that it should be coming from a University of Cincinnati student who identifies herself as part of Depoe's Environmental Communication class. I ask you to indulge the request and answer the e-mail. If you get inundated with requests, let the student know that as well. Your patience and courtesy are appreciated. Your interactions with today's undergraduate students can pave the way for the future growth of the environmental communication field and profession as well as the growth of IECA as a flagship international organization.
That's all for now--until Excursion #3, adios!