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Broeckelman-Post, Melissa A.; Hawkins, Katherine E. Hyatt; Murphy, Joshua; Otusanya, Ayodeji; Kueppers, George – Communication Teacher, 2020
The purpose of this study was to find out whether the previously identified gender gap in public speaking anxiety and self-perceived communication competence was also evident in student speaking performances. This study also examined whether students developed equally strong presentations in public speaking versus hybrid introductory communication…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Introductory Courses, Communications, Anxiety
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Sellnow-Richmond, Deborah; Strawser, Michael G.; Sellnow, Deanna D. – Communication Teacher, 2020
Although a good deal of research has been published that compares the effectiveness of communication courses delivered in face-to-face and online formats, much less is known about the comparative effectiveness of fully online versus hybrid (a.k.a. blended, mixed mode) courses. Thus, this research project examined student perceptions of teaching…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Instructional Effectiveness, Online Courses, Blended Learning
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Hintz, Elizabeth A.; Huber, Aubrey A. – Communication Teacher, 2020
This activity extends the rich pedagogical scholarship on impromptu speaking by integrating visual imagery into the impromptu speaking exercise. The goal of this semester-long series of exercises is to provide students with the opportunity to apply effective delivery skills across general purposes of speaking, receive feedback, and thus develop…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Undergraduate Students, Speech Communication, Anxiety
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Helens-Hart, Rose – Communication Teacher, 2018
Negative self-talk and appraisals of self-efficacy can damage students' abilities to do well in college and lead to self-fulfilling prophesies where students fail to meet their academic and professional potentials. This multi-class activity uses appreciative coaching to help students utilize a positive mindset and achieve academic and professional…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Faculty Development, Coaching (Performance), Speech Communication
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Gerbensky-Kerber, Anne – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: This semester-long assignment series was developed for an online introductory public speaking class, but it has also been used successfully in a hybrid (combination of online/face-to-face meetings) format. Objectives: Students will practice delivering speeches in an online format by applying key concepts from course materials to personal…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Speech Acts, Speech Communication, Assignments
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Ramos Salazar, Leslie – Communication Teacher, 2017
Courses: Public Speaking, Business and Professional Communication, Persuasion, or any other skill-based oral communication course. Objectives: Students will practice the development and demonstration of persuasive arguments in this single-class social judgment theory activity to improve their ability to change resistant audience attitudes.
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Resistance (Psychology), Social Theories, Public Speaking
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Justus, Z. S.; Weber, Lori; Mattor, Millie – Communication Teacher, 2016
This manuscript explains a civic engagement activity and presents assessment data on the activity.
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Student Reaction, Student Empowerment, Campuses
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Wells, Celeste C.; DeLeon, Daniel – Communication Teacher, 2015
The activity described in this paper was developed in response to the experience of teaching a large lecture introduction course to freshman and sophomore undergraduates called "The Rhetorical Tradition." This course covers, roughly, the last 2500 years of rhetoric. One of the issues faced in this course is that students struggle to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Teaching Methods, Student Interests, Rhetoric
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Geraths, Cory; Kennerly, Michele – Communication Teacher, 2015
The purpose of this course is to revive the commonplace book and revise it for the digital age. Though by the early modern period (c. 1500-1800) assembling quotations and other material had long been a trusted means of moral and rhetorical development, it was during that time that so-called "commonplace books" came into being as…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Speech Communication, Introductory Courses, Rhetorical Criticism
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Dwyer, Karen Kangas; Davidson, Marlina M. – Communication Teacher, 2013
As part of a yearly university mandated assessment of a large basic communication course that fulfills the oral communication general education requirement, this study examined student preferences for textbooks, reading, and learning. Specifically, basic course students ("N"=321) at a large state university in the Midwest were asked to…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, General Education, Course Evaluation, Preferences
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Ivic, Rebecca K.; Green, Robert J. – Communication Teacher, 2012
How can public speaking instructors teach students how to be charismatic and confident speakers? The activity presented in this article suggests that instructors foster competent and charismatic presentational skills by having students channel the stylistic capabilities of an exceptional speaker. The activity requires students to take on the…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Nonverbal Communication, Speech Communication, Speeches
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Engstrom, Craig Lee – Communication Teacher, 2012
This article presents an activity that engages students in a fun and collaborative process of learning, with a primary objective of teaching them how to identify and label formal and informal argumentative fallacies. After playing a variation of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?," students ought to be better prepared to craft stronger arguments and…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Textbooks, Learning Processes, Television
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Bruss, Kristine – Communication Teacher, 2012
Public speaking texts typically advise speakers to avoid using a manuscript. Speaking from a manuscript can limit eye contact, reduce expressiveness, and bore listeners. The ideal, rather, is to sound conversational. Conversational style is inclusive, suggesting that a speaker is ""of the people," united in understanding, values and purpose." If a…
Descriptors: Research Papers (Students), Public Speaking, Nonverbal Communication, Speeches
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Swenson-Lepper, Tammy – Communication Teacher, 2012
The workforce in the United States is becoming more diverse. To help students prepare to work and live in a diverse society, the author developed a lower-division course called "Communication Ethics and Diversity." After this course, students should be able to: (1) define diversity and communication ethics; (2) understand a variety of…
Descriptors: Ethics, Assignments, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing
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Munsell, Jason – Communication Teacher, 2011
Teaching about elocution in the 21st century classroom has the potential to aid students in learning about not only strategic rhetorical delivery, but also rhetorical empowerment. Normative, stereotypical gender roles still constrain women's performances in the public sphere. Thus elocution informs present day classrooms in at least a couple of…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Nonverbal Communication, Rhetoric, Gender Bias
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