My RSD project is two-fold, one is course-level and one is program-level. I hope to encourage the professional communication and emerging media (PCEM) program to see how the RSD informs our program courses. Program faculty are interested in learning more about it and have some initial ideas about using it in their courses.
As for my own courses, I want to use the RSD framework to develop structure for how I approach research in my ENGL 218 (Mass Communication) and ENGL 418 (Convergent Communication) courses. I’ve taught these courses with a historical perspective that’s grounded in primary source research. I’ve started introducing some concepts in classes and realized that one of the main lessons I’m taking away from the RSD is that I want my students to see value in the research process not just the product. For the classes, this means I am slowing down how I present the steps of a research project.