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Advanced Public Speaking
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This advanced public speaking textbook is designed to encourage you as a speaker and to help you sharpen your skills. It is written to feel like you are sitting with a trusted mentor over coffee as you receive practical advice on speaking. Grow in confidence, unleash your personal power and find your unique style as you learn to take your speaking to the next level--polished and professional.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Arkansas
Author:
Lynn Meade
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Be Credible: Information Literacy for Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing Students
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This free and open textbook teaches college-level journalism students to become information experts.
Using the themes of credibility and information literacy, the book helps today’s students, who start out all their research with Google and Wikipedia, to specialize in accessing, evaluating, and managing information that often is not accessible through Google searches.
The book includes chapters on public records, freedom of information requests, nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, scholarly research, public data, interviews and more.
Through current examples, instructional videos, suggested classroom activities, and practitioner insights, the authors challenge students to examine the credibility of the sources they use as current and future professional communicators.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Kansas
Author:
Karna Younger
Peter S. Bobkowski
Date Added:
07/20/2021
Business Communication Skills for Managers
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In Business Communication Skills for Managers, students learn how to effectively communicate in business, with an emphasis on the use of these skills as a manager. The course introduces important elements of successful communication, providing examples of effective communication and providing students opportunities to practice the same. The course covers the essentials of communication including professional writing, visual aids, presentations, speeches, phone and online communication, and both getting hired and finding new hires.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Communication
Management
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Barbara Egel
Farhad Desai
Freedom Learning Group
Marie Stirk
Nina Burokas
Robert Danielson
Sherilyn Reynolds
Susan Kendall
Date Added:
02/04/2022
Business English for Success
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Business English for Success is a creative solution to a common challenge across Business Communication courses: Business English or Business Presentations? Some classes place an equal emphasis on oral and written communication. If that's the case for you check out our text Business Communication for Success. If, however, your class places the emphasis squarely on written communication and writing proficiency, then Business English for Success is for you.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Communication
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Author:
Scott McLean
Date Added:
06/14/2019
College Success
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College Success takes a fresh look at what it means, in today’s world, with today’s students, to be successful in college.Although many of the topics included—from study skills to personal health, from test-taking to managing time and money—will look familiar to those who have used student success texts that have been around for many editions, College Success takes a new approach. The focus is on realistic, practical tools for the students who need them. This is a book designed, frankly, for students who may have difficulty with traditional college texts. The style is direct and to the point. Information is presented concisely and as simply as possible. This is not a weighty tome that discusses student success—this is a manual for doing it.College student demographics have changed considerably in recent decades. More than a third of all students enroll not directly from high school but after a delay of some years. More students are working and have families. More students come from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds. More students are the first in their family to attend college. More students have grown up with electronic media and now read and think in ways different from the previous generation. With these and so many other cultural changes, more students are not well prepared for a college education with the study skills and life skills they need to become successful students.For each student to get the most out of College Success and their college experience they must understand who they are as it relates to college. To that end, in every chapter students explore themselves, because success starts with recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses. Students make their own goals based on this self-assessment, determining what success in college really means for them as individuals. Interactive activities then help students learn the choices available to them and the possibilities for improving their skills. Skills are presented in step-by-step processes, tips for success in manageable highlighted displays. Most important, students always see the value of what they are reading—and how they can begin to apply it immediately in their own lives.College Success is intended for use in Freshmen Orientation, Study Skills or Student Success courses. A 2009 study revealed that currently nationwide, 34% of college freshmen do not return to their college for their sophomore year. This book is designed to help change that.

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Communication
Education
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project
Author:
Bruce Beiderwell
Linda F. Tse
Nicholas B. deKanter
Tom Lochhaas
Date Added:
06/15/2019
Commercial Solar Electric Systems
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AE 868 examines the theories and design practices of solar electric systems in the context of utility and commercial-scale applications. An important goal of the course is to equip solar professionals with skills to follow the impact of hardware trends in industry on feasibility, design, and the commissioning of such systems. Students will learn how to design solar electric systems as well as the processes required for permitting, construction, and commissioning. Topics include conceptual design of solar electric systems, solar electric technologies, inverter and power management technologies, design theory and economic analysis tools, system design processes for grid-tied and off-grid systems, integration of energy storage and demand response systems, construction project management, permitting, safety and commissioning, system monitoring, and maintenance.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Communication
Atmospheric Science
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Full Course
Provider:
Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Author:
Mohamed Amer Chaaban
Date Added:
10/26/2021
Communication, Affect, & Learning in the Classroom - 4th Edition
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Communication, Affect, & Learning in the Classroom was original published by Virginia Richmond and Joan Gorham in 1992 and then updated a decade later by Virginia Richmond, Jason S. Wrench, and Joan Gorham in 2001. As we enter into the revision of the 3rd edition of the text, the basic content has not been drastically altered over the years. However, the research in Instructional Communication has clearly become more prominent and stronger. Probably the single most important development in the past two decades was the publication of the Handbook of Instructional Communication: Rhetorical and Relational Perspectives edited by Mottet et al. (2006). The purpose of the handbook was to synthesize the first three decades of research in instructional communication into a single volume that could help both researchers and instructors understand the value of communication in the instructional process.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Jason S. Wrench
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Communication Theory
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This book is an introduction to communication theory — the theory of how humans share, encode, and decode what they know, what they need, and what they expect from each other.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Date Added:
06/15/2019
Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies
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Communication in the Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies overviews the time-tested conceptual foundations of the field, while incorporating the latest research and cutting-edge applications of these basics. Each chapter will include timely, concrete, and real-life examples of communication concepts in action. A key feature of this book is the integration of content regarding diversity and organizational communication in each chapter through examples and/or discrete sub-sections. Discussions of diversity are not relegated to feature boxes. Also integrated into the content are examples that are inclusive in terms of race, gender, sexuality, ability, age, marital status, religion, and other diverse identity characteristics.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project
Date Added:
01/01/2016
Communications 256: Intercultural Communication
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This textbook was written and designed especially for College of the Canyons Communications students. The following chapters will cover topics such as: understanding cultural identity, social construction, cultural biases, and culture shock. There are two types of interactive features in this book to help you, the student, engage with the various concepts and procedures behind intercultural communication.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
LibreTexts
Author:
Tammera Stokes Rice
Date Added:
08/05/2021
The Crystal Ball Instruction Manual - Volume Two: Foundations for Data Science, Version 1.1
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This is Volume Two of the Crystal Ball series: Foundations for Data Science. The author titled the first volume “Introduction to Data Science” because it led readers through a dip-your-toes-in-the-water
experience. Readers took a brief tour through the various elements in this diverse field and got a feel for what it was all about. In Foundations, which is the next level, the reader's growing knowledge is further developed to a firm base on which to build everything else.

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Stephen Davies
Date Added:
02/15/2022
Effective Professional Communication: A Rhetorical Approach
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This text focuses on using rhetoric to help students develop skills in professional communication and technical writing for technical fields such as Engineering, Agriculture, and Kinesiology. It opens with an overview of communication theory then dives into several rhetorical theories with an emphasis on the works of Bitzer, Aristotle, and Booth. These rhetorical theories are then applied to the job application process, technical correspondence, writing reports, and public speaking.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Assessment
Case Study
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
University of Saskatchewan
Author:
Corey Owen
Rebekah Bennetch
Zachary Keesey
Date Added:
02/23/2022
Elements of Political Communication
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This style guide is an introductory wikibook for beginners who want to produce political messages in various media formats. It is not a rule book; rather, it is a set of guidelines to facilitate effective political communication. Its purpose is to bridge the gap between two distinct styles to create pragmatic, clear, and useful information to establish a consistent tone, style, and format between all of the messages you or your organization produces.

It is meant as a practical guide for anyone, regardless of political affiliation, and it is organized in such a way that a person new to political communication can learn to create convincing and thought-provoking op-eds, letters to the editor, press releases, social media posts, website content, and spoken messages.

Subject:
Communication
Political Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Wikibooks
Date Added:
06/15/2019
Exploring Public Speaking: 4th Edition
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Instructors: The Third Edition includes a set of test banks which are not available to the public. For access to these resources, please contact Dr. Barbara Tucker at btucker@daltonstate.edu.

Exploring Public Speaking: The Free College Public Speaking Textbook began as the brainchild of Dr. Kris Barton, Chair of the Department of Communication at Dalton State College. It also was made possible through a generous Textbook Transformation Grant in 2015 from Affordable Learning Georgia, a highly successful program of the University System of Georgia. Dr. Barton asked me to help him author/compile the text.

The goal was to provide a high-quality, usable, accessible, and low-cost textbook for the hundreds of students who take COMM 1110 at Dalton State College every year. This course is required of all degree-seeking students. We have been able to save students hundreds of thousands of dollars already with this text. Unexpectedly and happily, the text has also been downloaded close to 14,000 times (as of August 2018) all over the world and has been adopted at many other institutions.

Dr. Barton and I worked on creating the textbook from July 2015 until May 2016, with the goal of going live with the text in Summer of 2016. Tragically Dr. Barton passed away in early May, a reality that still does not seem real. He has been greatly missed as a friend, colleague, father, scholar, teacher, and mentor.

The launch of the book proceeded; however, due to the loss of Dr. Barton, the ancillaries were not finished. In Summer 2017 I took on a significant revision and updating which I named the Second Edition. I included in that edition information on college student success in the appendices. In January 2018, a colleague, Matthew LeHew, and I won a grant from the University System to create the ancillaries and improve the format for more accessibility. I decided to remove the “Dalton State” from the title and most examples for wider appeal. An appendix on library research retains the information for specific use of Roberts Library on our campus.

Over 90% of the book is original with Dr. Barton, me, or other colleagues at Dalton State College. Some parts, specifically from Chapters 9, 10, and 15, are adapted from another open resource public speaking text whose author prefers not to be cited.

This Third Edition, along with including necessary updates and being formatted with different software, includes four more appendices: one on online speaking, one on APA, one on humor and storytelling in public speaking, and one on Dalton State’s Library. I have also tried to clarify concepts, to provide “case studies” to show the rhetorical process, and include more outlines and examples.

We think this book is especially useful in coverage of PowerPoint, audience responsiveness, ethics in public speaking, special occasion speeches, and structure of speeches. Three ancillaries are available: electronic “flash cards” for study, Powerpoints on the 15 main chapters, and test banks for the 15 main chapters.

Thank you for downloading Exploring Public Speaking, and the co-authors and I truly wish you happy teaching and learning with it. We welcome input. If you choose to use it, let us know at btucker@daltonstate.edu.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Barbara Tucker
Kristin Barton
Date Added:
09/22/2016
A Guide to Technical Communications: Strategies & Applications
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Welcome to the textbook for Engineering Technical Communications courses at The Ohio State University. Our aim in writing this textbook was to create a resource specifically focused on and applicable to the kinds of communication skills most beneficial to the students who take our courses. Therefore, this textbook focuses on developing both technical and professional communication skills and will help readers practice strategies for critically analyzing audiences and contexts, real-world applications of rhetorical principles, and skills for producing documents (reports, proposals, instructions), presentations, videos, and wide variety of other professional communications.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Full Course
Textbook
Provider:
The Ohio State University
Provider Set:
Pressbooks
Author:
Leah Wahlin
Lynn Hall
Date Added:
01/01/2016
How Arguments Work: A Guide to Writing and Analyzing Texts in College (Mills)
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How Arguments Work takes students through the techniques they will need to respond to readings and make sophisticated arguments in any college class. This is a practical guide to argumentation with strategies and templates for the kinds of assignments students will commonly encounter. It covers rhetorical concepts in everyday language and explores how arguments can build trust and move readers.

Subject:
Communication
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Assessment
Full Course
Homework/Assignment
Textbook
Provider:
LibreTexts
Author:
Anna Mills
Date Added:
02/23/2022
Humans R Social Media - Open Textbook Edition
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Social media and humans exist in a world of mutual influence, and humans play central roles in how this influence is mediated and transferred. Originally created by University of Arizona Information scholar Diana Daly, this Third Edition of the book Humans are Social Media uses plain language and features contributions by students to help readers understand how we as humans shape social media, and how social media shapes our world in turn.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Arizona
Date Added:
07/20/2021
Information Strategies for Communicators
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The definitive text for the information search and evaluation process as practiced by news and strategic communication message producers. Currently used at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication; JOUR 3004W/V, Information for Mass Communication.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project
Date Added:
01/01/2015
Intercultural Communication
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Intercultural Communication examines culture as a variable in interpersonal and collective communication. It explores the opportunities and problems arising from similarities and differences in communication patterns, processes, and codes among various cultural groups. It explores cultural universals, social categorization, stereotyping and discrimination, with a focus on topics including race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender and sexuality as they relate to communication.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University of Missouri St. Louis
Author:
Shannon Ahrndt
Date Added:
07/20/2021