Communication Skills

Communication is the heart of the learning process. New understandings occur when the communication cycle is fulfilled and the knowledge acquires is used to create, innovate and evaluate. Therefore good reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential if tasks are going to be completed and goals achieved.

Benefits of effective communication

Here is a useful mnemonic to remember the benefits one can achieve from effective communication:
Stronger decision-making and problem-solving
Upturn in production of ideas
Convincing and compelling reflection processes
Clearer, more streamlined self-management and workflow
Enhanced personal image
Sound social and academic relationships
Successful response ensured

Below are four characteristic features that need to be present in any effective communication process, and that teachers must make sure:

– Ideas are expressed with clarity and concision

–  Ideas come from feedback that has been worked upon, and reflection that has been considered.

– Effective presentation skills are used when communicating

– The right medium for communication is chosen

[Condensed using ideas from: Highlights.” LEARN NC. Web. 30 Sept. 2014. <

It’s all a matter of expressing what we want, and generating a forum for learners to express what they want.
Ideas and Resources:
A look at Blended Learning to enhance communication skills.
7 ways to ask questions using iPads.
Writing in the digital age (video).
University of Kent’s repository: communication skills- speaking and listening.
Storified Communication Skills story.

Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students by Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College –
Harvard Writing Project (Disciplinary writing guides)–
Villanova University Writing Center (guide) –




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