Public Speaking

In Waymaker Public Speaking, students learn the theoretical and practical skills they need to deliver effective, well-researched oral presentations. The course covers essential communication skills including listening and feedback, audience analysis, research and information literacy, and ethics.  It offers practical advice about making one’s voice heard (literally and figuratively), and introduces students to the major speech types, including informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches. 

Available in Waymaker and at NO COST to SUNY faculty and students, Public Speaking enables students to assess their understanding of the learning outcomes through interactive activities and practice questions, as well as end-of-section review quizzes. Outcome-aligned quizzes, assignments, and discussions allow instructors to evaluate student progress both specifically and broadly. A scaffolded, multi-part speech assignment supports students as they work through the steps of preparing a capstone presentation.

Public Speaking is available as a Waymaker course or as a Candela course.

  • Waymaker: User-friendly digital courseware with data-driven learning design, personalization, and messaging tools that can increase student engagement, persistence, and passing rates.
  • Candela: Lumen Learning’s low-cost Candela courses provide curated and outcome-aligned open educational resources (OER) in a convenient e-book format.

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