Preparing the Speech (online texbook chapter)

Chapter of online textbook Boundless Communications (requires free registration).

In this format, the professor can use the chapter by assigning it all, editing it, or creating his or her own chapter by selecting pertinent sections (or even sections of sections). Boundless allows the professor to create a class (invite students) and assign readings through the website. The chapters include quizzes and PowerPoint slides for class presentation.

This chapter includes principles of organization, main points, introductions and conclusions, transitions, and outlines.

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First, go to www.boundless.com and click Sign Up. Sign up for a free Educator account.

To view this chapter, use the Subjects drop-down menu at the top of the page and select Communications. Then click on 3 Preparing the Speech: A Process Outline. From this page you can view all the sections and subsections of the chapter, access the quizzes, and download the PowerPoint template.

To assign material to your students, click the Assign Reading button (depending on what you want to assign, the button might say Assign Chapter Reading or Assign Concept Reading). You will be asked to indicate which class the assignment is for. If you haven’t yet created a class, select New Class from the drop-down menu. Select the date the reading is due and then click Assign. If you have created a new class, you will be given a URL to share with your students so they can create their own student accounts and complete the assignment.

Strengths

This is a fully fleshed-out section of a chapter with background, research, and application of the material in public speaking settings. The addition of PowerPoint slides and quizzes is nice. Given that this is part of a book, there are other sections that faculty might find useful for their own purposes.

Concerns

There is some repeated material in the slides, which would need to be corrected; the slides also contain more text than is good for a PowerPoint presentation. The quizzes seemed to mostly be “prove you did the reading” rather than applications of the material.

Recommendations

This section could be used as a formal reading on Scholar, or through the Boundless website when students begin their topic selection and research process. Though it does not give students specific research sources, it does discuss the reliability of resources. It also provides some direction on the type of speech – memorized, read verbatim, extemporaneous, etc.

Delivering Your Speech (textbook chapter)

PDF chapter of a free online public speaking textbook available through publicspeakingproject.org.

The chapter is broken down into 5 major areas.
1. Methods of Delivery
2. Verbal aspects of delivery
3. Non-verbal aspects of delivery
4. Mastering the location
5. Preparation, practice and delivery

Public Speaking: The Virtual Text is a free online public speaking textbook. There are 18 chapters covering a wide variety of topics related to public speaking, each by a different author.

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Strengths

This is a comprehensive chapter discussing how to Deliver Your Speech. The layout is professional and clear. You have the choice to download the color version or greyscale. Throughout the chapter, there are short activities to help highlight a point. In addition, the end of the chapter contains clear, helpful activities for students.

The author of this chapter, Victor Capecce, used to be a writer for Saturday Night Live, so the language he uses is not only accessible, but entertaining.

Concerns

Some of the links it recommends are so full of ads it is hard to navigate, plus they seem to be redundant. Using the material in this textbook without the links is recommended.

You cannot simply click on the topic. Instead, you need to scroll through the document.

Recommendations for use

As a chapter from an electronic textbook, it (or sections of it) could be assigned as course reading material in preparation for the OC presentations in your class.  The activities outlined throughout the chapter could be useful in-class or homework assignments.

YouSeeU (software for assessing oral communication)

Video-based online platform for assessing oral communication. Instructors can assign students a variety of video activities. Some of these activities take over the students’ webcam in order to create the video of the student speaking. Here are a few of the activities available:

  • Question & Answer – Capture an authentic response in our asynchronous environment to any question including case discussion, interviews, oral exams, role-play, and checks for student understanding. YouSeeU software takes control of a student’s webcam in a one shot to answer scenario which cannot be paused, stopped, or re-submitted.
  • Video Presentation – Enable students to deliver speeches and presentations including synchronized visual aides like power-point slides.
  • Synchronous Activity – Students can schedule a real-time virtual meeting with classmates or individuals not enrolled in the course. These meetings can include up to 7 shared webcams.
  • In-class Recording – For the traditional classroom or communication course lab where presentations and speeches are recorded for peer review, self-analysis and time-stamped feedback.(http://www.youseeu.com/platform-work-flows/)

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Strengths

You can set up the class, add students as group members, define the objective, and evaluate the process. You can also have the students involved evaluate each other during the project.

Concerns

Although the educator account is free, there is a fee for students to use this resource. For students to use this tool, they need a webcam and microphone, although they could also use an iPhone or tablet.

Recommendations for Use

This can be a particularly useful tool for people teaching students to speak a language, because students can record conversations they have online with other students or with native language speakers.

The video below provides a quick overview of how instructors can use YouSeeU. It was created by Michael Acatl, a designer and instructional technologist in higher education.

Oral Communication Toolkit (beginner’s guide to speaking and presenting)

PDF beginner’s guide to speaking and presentation skills.

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Strengths

The toolkit begins by providing a list of opportunities to use Oral Communications Skills in the classroom. Within this pdf, there is a clear table of contents that allows the user to jump to a specific section via hyperlink.

Concerns

This is a good, basic, beginner’s guide to oral presentation. It is not an exhaustive or comprehensive consideration.

Recommendations for use

This toolkit might be particularly helpful to anyone who is considering incorporating an OC designation into a class.

Evidence in Argument: Critical Thinking (video with exercise)

Video available through Dunn Library (requires Simpson login), introducing on the meaning and significance of various forms of evidence. Includes an exercise for evaluating the strength of evidence.

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Strengths

This video is a good way to introduce students to characteristics of  good evidence in an argument, and the characteristics of poor evidence in an argument.

Concerns

This video may be of limited use because it is focuses specifically on the use of evidence, rather than more generally on the process of evaluating an argument.

Recommendations for use

This video would work well as a resource made available to students completing an assignment that involves persuasion.

Internet Research: What’s Credible (video with tips)

Short video available through Dunn Library (requires Simpson login) includes tips and testimonies from students and faculty on how to use Internet resources.

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Strengths

The video does a good job of teaching students how to evaluate whether evidence has or has not been used effectively to support an argument.

Concerns

The video addresses online resources only.

Recommendations for use

This video could work well when a faculty member is introducing the process of evaluating the overall strength of an argument.

Supporting Your Ideas (online texbook chapter)

PowerPoint slides accompanying online textbook Boundless Communications (requires free registration).

These six Power Point presentations all deal with the larger topic of providing credible evidence:

1. Deploying supporting materials

2. Using examples

3. Using statistics

4. Using testimony

5. Using other supporting materials

6. Using life experience

Go to Material

First, go to www.boundless.com and click Sign Up. Sign up for a free Educator account.

Strengths

The slides are well done and clear; the slides provide comprehensive examples of credible evidence. The site (Boundless) appears clear and easy to read without distractions. Finally, these PowerPoint presentations accompany chapter 9 of the corresponding electronic text published by Boundless.com. So there is more material available to you to supplement any discussion or presentation you may plan.

Concerns

You will need to register with your email to use Boundless.com.

Recommendations for use

A member of the faculty could choose to lecture or present about credible evidence using these slides as an outline. Combining these slides as an outline with the textbook chapter, this information could be turned into an online assignment and/or quiz.

Testing Supporting Material (checklist)

One-page checklist intended to help students test supporting material for appropriateness.

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Strengths

This is a concise and clear document that allows the student to see a no-nonsense checklist to aid in the evaluation of appropriateness for supporting materials in oral presentations and arguments.

Concerns

All items on the checklist are not self-explanatory. In-class discussion will likely be necessary for the checklist to be most effective.

Recommendations for use

This is a student resource. It could be distributed via Scholar or in hard copy to any student who is making an oral presentation. Students should apply this tool to evaluate any of their resources/supporting materials.

Listening Essentials (video on listening skills)

Short video available through Dunn Library (requires Simpson login).

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Strengths

This resource is easy for faculty and students to access, both on-campus and off, because it is available through the library’s Films on Demand.

Concerns

Parts of the film are directed at general listening skills that may not relate to the classroom.

Recommendations for use

This film would be a good resource for students to review on their own time.

Speaking Essentials (video on public speaking skills)

Short video available through Dunn Library (requires Simpson login). Addresses nine public speaking issues including nonverbal communication and knowing your audience.

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Strengths

The video includes specific tips and helpful hints, and because it is available through Films on Demand, it is easily accessible by students and faculty both on-campus and off.

Concerns

The information in this video may be too basic for some students.

Recommendations for use

The complete video is just 30 minutes long, so the entire film, or just individual sections could be made available to students for students to watch on their own time.