Definition: Communication is the exchange of ideas and beliefs to develop connections and knowledge.

Students communicate though various modalities of delivery (written, oral, visual, technical) to present, explain, critique and/or respond to pertinent information, ideas, problems and solutions with appropriate audiences.

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  • How have I shared information with others around this topic?
  • What types of reports or presentations have I prepared to share information about this topic?
  • How have I taught other people procedures, tasks or concepts around this topic and explained why they are used or thought about in these ways?
  • If I haven’t taught, in what ways would I frame my knowledge to teach the topic?
  • How have I engaged in discussions about this topic and shared my thoughts, opinions and information?
  • How have I shared critical perspectives or new strategies with others regarding the topic?

  • multi-media examples, such as videos, images, audio (YouTube, Podcast, or others)
  • websites, blogs
  • presentations, reports, publications, charts, graphs, PowerPoint slides, press releases, white papers
  • designs, drawings, schematics, blueprints, layouts
  • models, prototypes
  • collaborations, partnerships, teamwork
  • event planning
  • teaching others, conducting trainings

  • identifies and uses appropriate communication means based on the purpose and audience
  • communicates knowledge in a content area accurately, coherently and clearly, informed by key concepts, techniques and developments in the field
  • uses diverse and appropriate means of communication, including written, oral, visual and/or technology-facilitated methods
  • demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and requirements for communicating with various audiences
  • engages in active listening and relevant discussions with individuals and/or groups.

  • accurately and reliably communicates to develop authority and credibility
  • communicates original perspectives and own voice on information and concerns within an area
  • appropriately communicates content-area knowledge to address various situations
  • conveys complex information clearly to diverse audiences
  • facilitates dialogue among individuals or groups with various opinions or knowledge.