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ERIC Number: EJ1228177
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Teaching Public Speaking to Business Students in the Digital Age: Updating Our Methods
Carraher Wolverton, Colleen; Tanner, John
International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, v15 n3 p22-33 2019
Few would disagree that public speaking is an important skill for business graduates and is critical for career success. With an increasing number of online courses, in addition to organizations expanding the use of technology to facilitate communication, we posit that students should focus on learning public speaking skills in a digital setting. In this article, the authors propose the use of synchronous online discussions to develop the important skill of effective online professional communication and ameliorate students' fear of digital public speaking. We present the results of a survey of MBA and undergraduate students that indicate the importance of online learning and a desire to learn more about how to effectively conduct a business presentation in an online setting. We then present an explanation of how instructors can incorporate synchronous online discussions into a course. Moreover, findings from a qualitative survey of MBA students are presented, for the purpose of demonstrating how synchronous online discussions reduce fear of digital public speaking. By teaching our students skills to improve their public speaking ability in online settings, we could better prepare our graduates for career success in the digital age.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Public Speaking, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Business Administration Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Synchronous Communication, Student Attitudes, Electronic Learning, Gender Differences, Age Differences, Online Courses
International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. University of the West Indies Open Campus, Dave Hill, St. Michael BB11000, Barbados. Tel: 868-663-9021; Fax: 868-645-9741; Web site: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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