Pilot Projects - Spring 2016


COMM 1010 Introduction to Communication – Course Project: Dr. Karen Anderson-Lain and the Department of Communication Studies

This pilot project represents a 1.0 QEP activity, a “toe in the water” type of experience.  We explore how to introduce the QEP concepts and experiences in large, Core undergraduate courses.

COMM 1010 explores communication principles and skills as they relate to our understanding of current social problems such as health care, poverty, or environment. The focus is on communication and community engagement. We focus on the development of oral communication, critical thinking, and collaborative team building skills.

As part of this pilot we are engaging students in COMM 1010 in a class wide project focusing on one social issue-- food insecurity. We have 23 sections of COMM 1010 with approximately 620 students who will be organizing and participating in a campus wide food drive. The students will be learning about the topic of food insecurity during the semester as we discuss the role of advocacy and putting communication into action through our own advocacy. Students will also complete a reflective essay about the social issue and advocacy.

Recreation, Event, and Sport Management (RESM) Internships: Dr. Jean Keller and Kinesiology Health Promotion and Recreation Dept.

This pilot project represents a 4.0 QEP activity, the likely most sophisticated type of experience - internships.

All RESM majors take a 12 semester hour internship, RESM 4100, which is a supervised, structured education and work related experience in a recreation, event, or sport management organization or agency. There are differing expectations among the students, faculty and agency supervisors who are involved in these internships. The proposed project is designed to create better alignment related to expectations and student learning outcomes while creating a partnership between UNT and RESM industries.

A diverse range of internships were selected for Spring 2016 and interviews will be conducted with the agency supervisors, students, and faculty. This process will provide data from which clear, concise, and measurable student learning outcomes will be developed for use in future semesters. Additionally, an internship manual will be created and findings will be shared across disciplines so that other UNT departments can utilize the resources.

Developing a framework: 

As we prepare for the official launch of UNT Career Connect in fall 2016, we are working on a conceptual framework to categorize QEP activities on a scale from 1.0 to 4.0 in terms of the level of sophistication of the experience. An activity that is ranked as 1.0 would be considered a “toe in the water” experience that would introduce students to UNT Career Connect. As students progress through their education at UNT, they would continue to participate in more sophisticated 2.0 and 3.0 activities, culminating in at least one 4.0 experience.