I am familiar with college anxiety–I still occasionally have nightmares that I forgot my schedule, started picking classes late, went to the wrong classroom, forgot there was a test… you know what I mean! I realize that many of our students feel nervous about starting a new college program, but I can reassure them that their instructors and classmates will make sure their experiences in the Strategic Communication MA program never feel like those bad dreams.

In the end, the fact that we are not all physically together doesn’t stop us from learning a lot and having a fun time doing it. Community-building in virtual spaces can be just as fun, reassuring, and helpful as an in-person experience. And since our virtual communities include animated GIFs… they might even better than in-person!

Read the entire story from Valeta Wensloff and follow Valeta @digimae

The Gift of Compassionate Communication

If innovation is the engine of the knowledge economy, creative problem solving is the fuel.

While excellence in writing, design, communication and critical thinking are still in demand, when employers are asked what they would like to see in our students, creative problem solving rises to the top.

Can we teach creative problem solving? Is it a skill that can be learned? Is it nature or nurture? How do we train a new generation of leaders and problem solvers?

Read the entire article from Dr. Prabu David, Dean of the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University and follow him @prabudavid

Karl Gude teaches classes on creative thinking and problem solving and conducts Design Thinking workshops in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Gude is the Director of the college’s Media Sandbox and a faculty instructor in the School of Journalism. Prior to entering academia, Gude was the Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek magazine and The Associated Press. In 2017, Gude received the MSU Quality in Undergraduate Teaching Award and was also featured in the university President Lou Anna Simon’s Report on teaching creativity.