INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC SPEAKING
According to the course description, COMM 111 provides an “Introduction to theory and practice of communicating in public speaking settings.”
The resources provided below are designed to aid COMM 111 instructors in crafting their courses, assignments, assessments, and syllabi. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Comm 111 Course Design Resources
The following are actual syllabi used by instructors for their Comm 111 courses. They have kindly shared their work for our use with their permission.
- Meghan Dirth’s 96-111 Syllabus (Signature Question: Sustainability)
- Paula Lovell’s 96-111 Syllabus (Signature Question: Civic Engagement)
- Lisa Slawter Volkening’s 96-111 Syllabus (Signature Question: Sustainability)
- Stephanie Rolain-Jacobs’s 96-111 Syllabus (Signature Question: Intercultural Knowledge)
- Angela Westphal’s 96-111 Syllabus (Signature Question: Sustainability)
Information Literacy Resources
COMM 111 courses address two categories of the UW Oshkosh Essential Learning Outcomes: Oral and Written Communication and Information Literacy.
Instruction librarians at Polk Library are actively involved in assisting instructors and students with concepts related to information literacy. The library provides an array of options from which instructors may choose:
Research Support for Students
Students may also meet with a librarian directly for assistance, through Polk Library’s Research Advisory Program. Through this program, students meet one-on-one with a librarian, where they will receive individualized and in-depth assistance with their research. Follow this link to schedule research help with a librarian.
ANVIL: Active iNstructional Videos in Information Literacy
ANVIL is an interactive trivia-style game which teaches students concepts associated with information literacy, all integrated through D2L. ANVIL is divided into six categories, with each category explaining a different information literacy concept via short (~5 minute) videos. In total, there are ten videos, covering content about: the information cycle; understanding academic assignments and developing research topics; searching for information; locating information; evaluating information; and, citing and using information.
After watching the videos, players can test their understanding of a concept by playing the game, in which they’re given ten random questions (related to the concept) to answer before time runs out. Scores are automatically entered into a course’s D2L dropbox. To get this set up for your course, contact the Information Literacy Librarian, Ted Mulvey, at email@example.com. For more information, you can also visit the homepage of ANVIL.
Speech instructors may find the American Association of Colleges and Universities’ “Written Communication,” “Oral Communication” and “Information Literacy” rubrics useful in their course development and on-going dialogues.