Depoe Environmental Communication Class--IECA Excursion #4: Getting To Know The "IECA List"

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Fellow IECA members:  Hi.  I'm back to tell you about IECA Excursion #4 that I have assigned to my environmental communication students (who have been required to join IECA as part of the class).  In this assignment, students are asked to read and catalogue items from two weeks' worth of the "IECA LIST" (e-newsletter that Mark Meisner sends IECA members on a regular basis).  Here are the details:

Pick two weeks of postings from the” IECA List” (you should receive this list via e-mail each Friday).  For each of the two weeks, read each of the items on the list, then indicate in the table below (attached with the assignment) whether you think each item is a news/information clip, an editorial/personal opinion clip, a link to an academic research article, movie-TV review, a job advertisement (academic or other), an announcement about an upcoming conference-class-event, or other.  Then, pick three of the items from the two weeks’ worth of IECA LIST items that you think have relevance to material we have covered so far in class, and write a summary of those items, explaining the relevance (150 words or less per summary).  Be sure to identify the items you choose by week and item number.


The point of this assignment is to encourage students to read or at least browse the "IECA LIST" each we when the receive it, and also to make connections between news and informational items they are exposed to outside of the class and topics we are discussing in the class itself.  

We'll see how they do this week.  Not a hard assignment, but-----they have to read through some material and do a bit of work.  Let me know what you think of this assignment, and send me more suggestions about how I can leverage IECA membership to bring value to undergraduate students. 

Next week--Twitter!!  Please go into your IECA member profile and add your Twitter handle if you have not done so already.  Many thanks--the adventure continues!