Open Textbooks

  • Exploring Public Speaking (Dalton State College)
    “In fifteen chapters the authors have attempted to address all the major concerns, issues, and material that an introductory, freshmen-level public speaking course involves. […] The book was written with students in the open access college and with diversity in mind.” Note that this 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.”
  • The Public Speaking Project Virtual Text
    Open textbook from the Public Speaking Project with eighteen chapters available for individual download.
  • Speak Out, Call In: Public Speaking as Advocacy
    This text “is a contemporary, interdisciplinary public speaking textbook that fuses rhetoric, critical/cultural studies, and performance to offer an up-to-date resource for students. With a focus on advocacy, this textbook invites students to consider public speaking as a political, purposeful form of information-sharing.”
  • Stand up, Speak out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking
    Textbook that “focuses on helping students become more seasoned and polished public speakers” with an “emphasis on ethics in communication.”

OER Sites

  • The Public Speaking Project
    The Public Speaking Project “offers an assortment of virtual tools to help users improve their public speaking skills. A variety of speech professionals who are dedicated to providing free and low cost instructional materials contribute their original work” to the virtual textbook, classroom, and faculty lounge.
  • Writing Commons
    “A free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.”

Open Courses & Assignments

  • Principles of Public Speaking (Lumen Learning)
    Open course hosted on Lumen Learning. “This courseware includes resources copyrighted and openly licensed by multiple individuals and organizations. Click the words “Licenses and Attributions” at the bottom of each page for copyright and licensing information specific to the material on that page.”
  • Public Speaking (Saylor Academy)
    “The purpose of this course is to systematically examine the elements and factors which result in an effective speech. The textbook and associated lectures present an element-by-element examination of the essentials of public speaking while also identifying traits of the individual speaker and how they impact preparation and presentation. In addition to these resources, a comprehensive series of brief videos demonstrate specific, performance-oriented aspects of public speaking.”
  • Speech Analysis Paper Assignment (La Guardia Community College)
    “This assignment was used in a Public Speaking course where students learned to build a variety of public speeches. The assignment aims to enable students to make connections to experience, to reflect and self-asses their learning
  • Spoken Communication Course (Clayton State University)
    “This is your all-access pass to readings, slide shows, videos, activities, and other materials that were designed for use in Clayton State University’s Spoken Communication course. Everything on this website is free and open to the public. It was developed with support from the Affordable Learning Georgia initiative.”
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