ERIC Number: ED212001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Alverno College's Program in Developing and Assessing Oral Communication Skills.
Loacker, S. Georgine
The rationale and procedures for assessing students' oral communication skills at Alverno College (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) are outlined in this paper. Since the curriculum at Alverno emphasizes ongoing performance assessment as an integral part of the learning process and as an effective measurement of educational progress, the discussion focuses on the six levels or stages specified for each ability required for graduation from Alverno. Six levels of oral communication ability are listed and discussed: (1) assessing one's own speaking ability, (2) speaking with analytic consciousness, (3) speaking effectively (advanced training), (4) integrating effective speaking within the framework of academic disciplines, (5) integrating theory with effective speaking, and (6) speaking effectively within a multimedia context and with advanced content. For each of these performance levels, learning objectives and evaluation criteria and methods are offered. Excerpts from publications by Alverno faculty are attached to indicate the general context for developing and assessing oral communication skills at the college. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interpersonal Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).