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Public Speaking: Preparation & Presentation in a Digital World

Public Speaking: Preparation & Presentation in a Digital World takes an innovative approach to teaching public speaking by encompassing  live public speaking skills and  public speaking in virtual venues.  As more and more public speaking opportunities occur in a virtual setting, this  course prepares students  how to present themselves in both  face-to-face settings and in virtual settings as varied as the ever-expanding field of  digital technologies.

In the online course fourteen lessons bring alive the key concepts through the use of a group of animated recurring characters representing the wide range of student diversity. Opening scenarios feature these characters experiencing the trials, tribulations, challenges and joys of public speaking.

Course content is delivered a variety of ways: through the scenarios and subsequent activities, text, small Flash games, and video; students witness the characters as they struggle with and master the core topics in the course, which are the key elements for successful public speaking:

  • Apprehension
  • Audience Analysis
  • Critiquing Speeches
  • Informative Speech
  • Introduction and Conclusion
  • Listening Strategies
  • Organization & Development of  Ideas
  • Persuasive Speech
  • Presentational Aids
  • Public Speaking for Success
  • Public Speaking in an Electronic World
  • Research and Citations
  • Speaking for Special Occasions
  • Speaking in Small Groups/Teams
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Strategies

Each lesson includes an assortment of  engaging and colorful interactive games, presentations and practice activities that maintain student interest and reinforce learning, as well as a variety of video presentations, including video tips and Q&A videos with public speaking teachers.  The lessons concludes with an online quiz.

The textbook to accompany this course is Public Speaking: Preparation & Presentation in a Digital World, written by Virginia McDermott and Rachel A. Wegter. This textbook is an adaptation of Public Speaking: Choices for Effective Results, written by Gail Mason, Mark Butland, and John J. Makay. Additional information is provided under the “How to Adopt Course & Print Materials” tab below. To request access to an electronic review copy of the textbook/workbook, please contact Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

For access to Coast Learning Systems’ online course preview site, please complete a Preview Request Form.

Lesson Titles and Descriptions

1. Public Speaking for Success

This lesson is a general introduction and overview of public speaking and communication studies. It points out the benefits and skills of public speaking, the dimensions of communication, and delivers the foundation for effective speaking. How to use various technologies in public speaking including mobile devices and video conferencing is integrated throughout the course.

2. Public Speaking Apprehension and Listening Strategies

One of the top three fears most people have is public speaking so it is imperative students gain skills in this arena. This lesson introduces strategies to help students manage public speaking apprehension. It also points out the benefits of apprehension, gives students tips for dealing with nervousness, and ways to understand their own reactions. This lesson also gives students information to help assess their own listening skills and work on identifying the signs that indicate someone in their audience is not fully paying attention.

3. Verbal and Non-Verbal Delivery

There are many ways to perceive what another is saying and understanding how to address this is a skill that servers students life-long. This lesson introduces verbal and non-verbal delivery, giving students the purpose and goals of each delivery element. It explains various methods of speech delivery and when they are best utilized.

4. Audience Analysis, Adaptation, and Presentation Ethics

In all areas of life there is an audience: family member, boss, friend, or coworker. This lesson instructs students to recognize why being audience-centered is a critical factor in public speaking. It delivers tips for adapting communication to different audiences and situations. This lesson includes guidelines for ethical considerations in speaking to audiences.

5. Speech Preparation and Critiquing Speeches

Practice! Practice! Practice! When is enough practice? Emphasis on practicing of speeches, ways to practice, and when students will know how much practice is enough, is covered in this lesson. This lesson will prepare students to deliver key elements of their speeches, including how to identify the general purpose, select a topic, develop a specific purpose, and write a thesis statement. Students will also learn about the key elements in critiquing speeches.

6. Research and Supporting Material

Knowing how reliable your information sources are for a speech, and where to find them, can truly improve the development of a students’ speech. This lesson focuses on library resources, online research, and web evaluation criteria. Students will learn about different types of supporting material and how to evaluate their sources to ensure they are credible and that the supporting material is correctly cited.

7. Organization and Outlining Your Ideas

There are many ways to organize materials for a speech ranging from formal, such as an outline, to informal, such as a mind map. Students will learn about arrangement and organization appropriate for informative and extemporaneous speeches. Students will be able to identify appropriate choices for various genres of organizational patterns: chronological, spatial, and topical.

8. Introducing and Concluding Your Speech

How to being and end effectively: this is a challenge! This lesson focuses on the critical importance of the introduction and conclusion of speeches. Techniques for success are demonstrated and discussed, focusing on structure and developing listening skills and evaluation skills.

9. Colorful Presentations: Vivid Language and Presentational Aids

Will the speech be a hit? It will if these strategies are used! This lesson covers topics the will result in making colorful presentations, using vivid language, and effective integration of presentational aids. Some of the topics covered include making speeches clear, vivid, and appropriate. Wow the audience!

10. Informative Speaking

This lesson covers the purposes, types, and strategies of informative speaking and is geared to enable students to learn how to share information in a compelling and competent way. It also presents the processes used to generate topics, as well as organizational strategies and patterns used to create and deliver effective informative speeches. Importance is also placed on identifying and using audience-centered and speaker-centered strategies for informative speeches.

11. Persuasive Speaking

This lesson describes and demonstrates persuasive speaking giving students the elements of this type of speech. It also discusses ethics in “persuasion and end” versus “means arguments”’. Persuasive speaking is another skill that students can put into their life skills toolbox!

12. Speaking for Special Occasions

In school, work, and home opportunities for giving a special occasion speech come up – whether we want them to or not! This lesson covers the different types of special occasion speeches including commemorative and acceptance speeches. It also gives demonstrations and guidelines, and techniques on special occasion speeches.

13. Public Speaking in an Electronic World

Cell phones, tablets, video conferencing, Skype at home and work: there are so many devices that enable communication and this, too, is public speaking. This lesson helps students apply various technological mediums through which communication and public speaking can take place. It discusses benefits and caveats of communicating through technological and electronic mediums. This lesson will also help students synthesize appropriate strategies for public speaking when utilizing technology and electronic media.

14. Presenting to or Working With Small Groups or Teams

From kindergarten to the work place students are put into groups. It makes sense to better understand how to work more effectively with a group or small team that is making a joint presentation. This lesson describes and illustrates the significance of small group communication and presentations. Students will be able to discuss and apply small group member roles and responsibilities. And, students will learn how to synthesize the appropriate guidelines for group problem-solving and presenting.

National Academic Advisory Team

Mark Butland, M.A., Austin Community College
Cara Cotellese, Ph.D., Kutztown University
Alycia Ehlert, Ph.D., Volunteer State Community College
Angela Grupas, Ed.D., St. Louis Community College
Sandra King, Ph.D., Ann Arundel Community College
Joshua Levenshus, M.A., Coastline Community College
Virginia McDermott, Ph.D., Associate Professor, The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, High Point University
Alma Martinez-Egger, M.S., Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus
Gail Mason, Ph.D., Retired, Eastern Illinois University
Kristen Ruppert-Leach, M.A., Southern Illinois University
Michelle Imani Scott, Ph.D., Savannah College of Art and Design
Andrea Thorson, Ed.D., Bakersfield College
Rachel A. Wegter, M.A., Instructor, Coastline Community College

On-Camera Experts

Kristina Bell, M.A., Instructor, Communication, High Point University
Thomas Bovino, M.A., Associate Professor and Academic Chair of Communications, Suffolk County Community College
Nicholas David Bowman , Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, West Virginia University
Mark Butland, M.A., Austin Community College
Cara Cotellese, Ph.D., Kutztown University
Alycia Ehlert, Ph.D., Volunteer State Community College
Lorraine Fanizza, Owner, Hearing Promotions, Committee Leader, Hearing Loss Support Group, South Coast Chapter
Angela Grupas, Ed.D., St. Louis Community College
Jeffrey Isbell, M.A., Video Technology & Communications Consultant
Amie Kincaid, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication, University of Illinois, Springfield
Sandra King, Ph.D., Ann Arundel Community College
Kris Kirschbaum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Communication, East Carolina University
Joshua Levenshus, M.A., Coastline Community College
Virginia McDermott, Ph.D., Associate Professor, The Nido R. Qubein School of Communication, High Point University
Alma Martinez-Egger, M.S., Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus
Gail Mason, Ph.D., Retired, Eastern Illinois University
Carrie Niesen, M.A., Instructor, Communication Studies, Winona State University
John Patrick, M.A., Debate Coach & Instructor, Speech Communication, University of La Verne
Kristen Ruppert-Leach, M.A., Southern Illinois University
Gary Ruud, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Human Communication Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Lloyd Saposnek, Disability Program Navigator, Orange County One-Stop Center, Coastline Community College
Michelle Imani Scott, Ph.D., Savannah College of Art and Design
Andrea Thorson, Ed.D., Instructor, Communication, Bakersfield College
Rachel A. Wegter, M.A., Instructor, Coastline Community College
Eric P. Wilson, MS.Ed., BCT, Orange Coast College, Information Technology Trainer
Coast Learning Systems is an outstanding partner for the Riverside Community College District’s distance education program, by providing quality video series that our online instructors want to use to supplement their online courses."
Glen Brady, Riverside Community College District (Riverside Community College)

Customization

Instructors can customize the course by making learning assets open or closed to student view, add learning assets such as new assignments, discussion forums, web research activities, and extra credit work. Instructors also have the option to request a “copy” of their prior course each term. Finally, there is the option of turning on automatic student tracking that simplifies the evaluation process.

How to Adopt Course & Print Materials

There is no fee paid by an institution or instructor when the online course/content is adopted. Each student is required to purchase a one-time use Access Code. To adopt and offer this course online, instructors complete an Online Course Request Form prior to the start of each term, and a course shell will be provided by the date requested. Instructors also have the option to request a “copy” of their prior course each term.This online course is hosted and provided in a Moodle® (LMS) shell, and instructors can link from their institution’s LMS or send their students directly to the class URL. Coast Learning Systems provides instructor and student technical support via an electronic help desk, which is monitored 7 days a week. Our goal is to make sure you enjoy teaching with our content and that your students have an engaging and positive learning experience.

The Online Course Request Form should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of your class.

Public Speaking: Preparation & Presentation in a Digital World
Kendall Hunt Publishing Company
Textbook (Printed) with Online Course Access Code: ISBN 978-0-7575-9846-3
Online Access Code: ISBN TBD

Note: This course is also well-suited for a Flipped Classroom or hybrid class.
eBook without Online Course Access Code: ISBN 978-1-4652-0911-5