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Essentials of Public Presentations: Resources Page

Welcome to the College Now Essentials of Public Presentations Resource Page!

The materials here are for your use in teaching COMM 110: Essentials of Public Presentations. Always communicate with your supervising professor to ensure they endorse the supplementary materials and content since every professor may operate slightly differently.  This page is maintained by Professor Mark Fokken.  If you have any suggestions for how this page might be improved or would like to share resources with others in the program, please contact him at

Starting in the Fall of 2023, we began using an open educational resource as a textbook for the course.  The text is called "Exploring Public Speaking" and can be accessed at this link.  This is a thorough and comprehensive text. It is not necessary to have students read all of the book. You may pick and choose readings from the text that are the most relevant to the syllabus requirements.  A test bank of questions for each chapter of the text has been uploaded to the D2L/Brightspace course for your class (see your mentor if you have questions about accessing D2L).

Link to the recording of the COMM 110 2023 College Now Summer Workshop -- Session 1

Link to the recording of the COMM 110 2023 College Now Summer Workshop -- Session 2

Link to the 2022 COMM 110 Summer Workshop Recording

Course Exit Survey

As part of the Communication Studies Program's ongoing assessment effort, all students who complete the Essentials of Speaking and Listening course should fill out an exit survey at the end of the class. This survey is currently being updated and will be available at the link below before the end of the Fall 2023 term.  This survey is in addition to the general College Now survey that students should complete (both surveys can be found under the surveys tab on the left side of this page). 

COMM 110 Student Exit Survey

Supplementary Materials

We have created a D2L /Brightspace course that has a number of helpful materials for you.  Please reach out to your mentor if you need help in accessing D2L and these supplementary materials. The links below are provided to help you to come up with a variety of ways deliver content and get your students to engage with it. Some were created by the program, some came from a variety of academic resources, and some came from the excellent teachers we work with -- they all gave permission for us  to use them in this way.  If you have something that you think works particularly well, send it to your speech mentor and we'll include it here!

COVID-19 Precautions and Accommodations

For the 2020-21 academic year, some accommodations were made to assignments due to the need for distance learning and hybrid instruction.  While some schools may continue with masking and limited distance learning in subsequent terms, they should be able to fulfill the requirements indicated in the COMM 110 syllabus and teaching handbook.  If you have a unique circumstance in your school which might necessitate accommodations, please communicate with your mentor and they will relay your request to the Comm. Studies Program for consideration.

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