Instructional Communication

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Instructional Communication
Jessalyn
Vallade
jessalyn.vallade@uky.edu
330 Lucille Little Library
Renee
Kaufmann
Renee.Kaufmann@uky.edu
328 Lucille Little Library
Bio: 

Dr. Renee Kaufmann joins the School of Information Science faculty with a Masters and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Kentucky. Before pursuing graduate studies, Kaufmann worked for five years as a seventh grade teacher. This is where she started to question how communication really influenced learning outcomes. “I was baffled how some teachers would say things to students and the students would love the class and them, and then on the other hand, there would be other teachers who would say the same things and the students would hate the class and the teacher.” Kaufmann’s need for understanding the impact of communication on the classroom has extended into the online classroom. “It makes sense to move what we know about the traditional classroom into the online context. In the end, we want to build and deliver quality learning experiences.” Kaufmann’s research interest includes exploring online learning in higher education and the use communication technologies for educational and relational outcomes. More specifically, she focuses on how instructors can enhance the learning experience for their online students, as well as how communication on social media platforms can enhance or hinder learning and relationships. Her recent work has appeared in Communication Education, Communication Teacher, Communication Research Reports, Health Communication, and Computers in Human Behavior.

Amy L. H.
Gaffney
amy.gaffney@uky.edu
859-257-9470
310E Lucille Little Library (LCLI)
Patric
Spence
patric.spence@uky.edu
859-257-3435
330 Lucille Little Library
Brandi
Frisby
brandi.frisby@uky.edu
859-257-9470
310G Lucille Little Library
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