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LeFebvre, Luke; LeFebvre, Leah; Anderson, Dale – Communication Teacher, 2019
This study examined the current operationalization of communication centers. Surveying center directors (N = 47), day-to-day operations were analyzed through descriptive statistics and thematic analysis. Specifically, directors provided responses about current institutional context and structure, services, training, marketing, challenges, and…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Higher Education, Two Year Colleges, Institutional Characteristics
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Berkelaar, Brenda L.; O'Connor, Erin A.; Schneider, Claire M. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Large-lecture; public speaking, business, professional, and technical communication; sales and marketing courses; courses with team-based projects. Objectives: To provide opportunities to develop public speaking skills, especially in large-lecture courses; to improve public speaking endurance; to improve students' abilities to give…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Communication Skills, Skill Development, Large Group Instruction
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Torres, David H.; Pruim, Douglas E. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Science communication, public speaking, technical communication, professional and/or management communication. Objectives: This activity about scientific and technical communication uses narrative principles to communicate complex information to broader audiences. Upon completion of the activity, students will be able to: (1) Explain the…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Communication Strategies, Public Speaking, Personal Narratives
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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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Swenson-Lepper, Tammy – Communication Teacher, 2012
First-year students at many universities find themselves in new communities, with little understanding of how their new university, city, academic, or career communities function. Developing a student's sense of community can have long-term benefits. Using the theme of "Community" in the basic public speaking course provides students with…
Descriptors: Assignments, Public Speaking, Speech Skills, College Freshmen
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Colvin, Janet Weston; Tobler, Nancy – Communication Teacher, 2012
From the earliest roots of rhetoric, practitioners emphasized the need for analyzing one's audience before developing a speech. Textbooks for most basic public speaking courses spend at least one chapter discussing audience analysis. Authors discuss adapting messages to various demographic, cultural, and individual differences. As a result,…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Audiences, Audience Analysis, Public Speaking
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Veil, Shari R. – Communication Teacher, 2010
Objectives: Students will demonstrate research, decision making, team building, and public speaking skills, while applying issues management and crisis communication concepts in a realistic setting. Courses: Introduction to Public Relations, Public Relations Cases, Crisis Communication.
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Team Training, Public Relations, Speech Skills
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Leopold, Lisa – Communication Teacher, 2010
Digital media story-telling (which enhances traditional oral story-telling with images, music, and text) has been a focus of recent scholarship for its potential to produce numerous educational benefits. Through digital media storytelling, students' imagination, creativity, critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and organizational or…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Educational Benefits, Audiences, Media Literacy
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Walters-Kramer, Lori A. – Communication Teacher, 2004
Objective: To learn about candidates for a political office by presenting and listening to speeches about the candidates and their platforms. Type of speech: Informative. Point value: 100 points, which is 10% of course grade. Requirements: (a) References: Minimum of 3 from recent and varying publications; (b) Length: 5-7 minutes; (c) Visual aid:…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Young Adults, Speech Communication, Higher Education
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Smith, Robert E., Jr. – Communication Teacher, 2004
Persuasive speeches are a common assignment in numerous public speaking and hybrid communication classes. One theme of persuasion is that the persuasive message should be tailored to the intended receiver. Not only do effective rhetors adapt to the circumstances in which they find themselves, but persuasive efforts are much more likely to be…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Persuasive Discourse, Audiences, Audience Analysis
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Miller, Virgil R. – Communication Teacher, 2004
Objective: To address cultural diversity within the context of informative speaking. Type of speech: Informative. Point value: 15% of course grade. Requirements: (a) References: 3 (1 reference must be an interview); (b) Length: 5-6 minutes; (c) Visual aid: Optional; (d) Outline: Yes; (e) Prerequisite reading: Chapters 3, 18 (DeVito, 2003); (f)…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Cultural Pluralism, Higher Education, Ethnic Groups