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Communication 2016 Level 3

Communications 2015 Level 3

Communication is essential to meeting team goals.  In the Level 3 Communications Badge, the participant will create a portfolio of items related to a communication channel demonstrating an understanding of the channel’s scope and available tools by producing media items and extending their experience in presentations and public speaking.

This badge is organized into 4 topics. To earn the badge, participants must successfully complete all items in each topic and create a portfolio submission documenting all items.

Portfolios will be evaluated by experienced FRC adult members using a rubric-based evaluation tool.  Participants will receive feedback if any portion needs to have more detail or evidence.  The participant can compile new evidence and have the portfolio re-evaluated.

After earning this badge, the participant can choose to display the badge on the Open Badges infrastructure including the portfolio information.

Foundations of Communication

Task: Describe the current state of all team communication channels. Create, update or review the team communication plan.  The portfolio deliverable item should include the participant’s contribution to the team communication plan.
Use the following questions as a guide.

  • Who creates the communications?
  • What are the goals of the communication?
  • What is the target audience?
  • When is the communication published?
  • What frequency is the communication published?
  • What are the results/outcomes of the communication?
  • What resources are available?

Communications / Media Productions

Task: Edit and publish 10 items related to the communication channel. Participant should collaborate with other students working on Communications Level 1 and 2 items to produce the media items.

Engage and Participate

Task: Online or at a competition, compare and benchmark 5 other teams and their communication channels. Determine where team compares in terms of strengths and weaknesses.

Public Speaking

Task: Create and deliver a presentation related to the team goals. Record the presentation and review for to ensure participants are using effective communication techniques.
Examples of Effective Communication Techniques

  • Voice – is the communication loud enough, but not too loud?
  • Mannerisms – do the presenter’s movement add or detract from the message?
  • Time – is the presentation within the expected time?
  • Message – is the presenter prepared and enthusiastic about the presentation topic?
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