Research News from the CommLab


At Georgia Tech, the Communication Center (or CommLab, as it is popularly known) is part of the Writing and Communication Program. The program’s commitment to the principles of WOVEN communication (i.e. Written, Oral, Visual, Electronic, and Non-verbal) has inspired instructors to design courses that develop and refine rhetorical skills in multiple media… Continue reading

The “Curse of Knowledge”: Adapting the Principles of Stony Brook University’s Center for Communicating Science to Georgia Tech

Alan Alda with short, brown haired girl.

At Stony Brook University, where I spent my Fall Break, I learned all about the Curse of Knowledge … from Alan Alda.  A few feet away from me, Alda gave the keynote speech at the Center for Communicating Science’s Fall Institute, explaining passionately that once we know something really well,… Continue reading

New CommLab is Creative Space for Practicing Communication

The Communication Center will regularly feature Celebrity Tutors. President Person was the first at the Grand Opening of the Communication Center on September 28. From L to R: Karen Head, Director of the Communication Center; Rohith Rajan (Class of 2015, Major: Electrical Engineering, Minors: Economics, Music Technology); Chelsea Cerame (Class of 2015, Major: Mechanical Engineering, Minor: Japanese); President G.P. "Bud" Peterson; and  Joshua Friedberg (Class of 2015, Major: ISYE). (Used with permission: R.E. Burnett 2011)

From teleconferencing to YouTube videos, project posters to green-screen presentations, slide design to report writing, the new Communication Center is designed to help Georgia Tech students develop professional competence in 21st century communication. The center has been designed as a leading-edge model for communication education. It uses conventional technology in unconventional ways.

“This is a creative space,” explains Karen Head, who is Director of the Communication Center. “Yes, we are coaching students in processes and strategies and techniques, but we are also providing the space and equipment needed to practice.” Continue reading