PLAN 261 Fall 2012

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PLAN 261 Communication and Presentation Techniques is a course created to teach urban planning students how to effective communicate through written, graphic, and verbal presentation techniques.  The course is 50/50 blended, enabling students to learn various types of software at their own pace, and complete design exercises and mock public presentations in the classroom.  Organization and pacing are key for the success of the students, both from the teaching style of the instructor and the motivation of the students.  Each semester this courses was held, the online component of the content was steadily increased from approximately 10% of the total contact hours up to a final division of 50%.  By increasing the online component of the course, the student’s understanding of the course material was markedly improved, and tangible outcomes such as planning documents were better designed and executed.