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Oral Communication in STEM Disciplines

This page offers resources from various POD members that were collected in response to a query on the POD listserv: 
 
"I need some resources on helping students specifically in the STEM disciplines to develop their oral communication skills.  I am looking for examples of assignments, peer observation rubrics, rubrics for assessing presentation skills for program accreditation, techniques to use in the classroom, very nuts and bolts materials."
 
 
Sally Kuhlenschmidt (Western Kentucky) suggests simply searching the POD expert network, inputting "oral communication" as a search term:  http://www.podnetwork.org/search.htm#faculty.
 
John Claus (Augustana College) suggests the AAC&U rubric on oral communication: http://www.aacu.org/value/rubrics/OralCommunication.cfm
 
David Jacque (Oxford) offers textbook suggestions:
  • The Dynamics of Human Communication - A laboratory approach by Gail E Myers and Michelle Tolela Myers, McGraw-Hil, 1985
  • Communication Concepts and Sills by Robert Hopper and Jack L Whitehead (Jr.) Harper & Row,1979
  • Managing by Communication  - An organisational approach by Gail E Myers and Michelle Tolela Myers, McGraw-Hil,1982
  • Organisational Communication - the Keystone to Managerial Effectiveness, McGraw-Hill, 1977
S. Raj Chaudury (Auburn) suggests the ABET rubric at http://www.ce.udel.edu/ABET/Current%20Documentation/Outcome_12b.html.
 
Sharon Hilles (Cal Poly Pomona), a linguist, gave a talk that is summarized at http://www.csupomona.edu/~facultycenter/cpp3/FacultyCenter/weeklyTeachingNotes/weekly_teaching_note_may_17_2010.shtml, in which she suggests helping students practice a small number of key skills.

Many people offered their own rubrics or rubrics developed for their programs.  All attachments are in the order listed.

Mano Singham (Case Western Reserve) offers a rubric that he uses in his own classes.
  • Laura Martin (UC Merced) offers a rubric in use with an environmental science program.
  • David Jacque (Oxford) also offers two listening exercises and a communication exercise.
  • Susan Shadle (Boise State) offers two rubrics for chemistry courses.
  • Matt Fisher (Mt. Holyoke) offers a newly updated rubric from his chemistry department.
  • Phil Venditti (Clover Park Technical College) offers an instructor's rubric. 
  • Tim Krause (Univ Wisconsin Stevens Point) offers a presentation that he gives his students, that includes videos of speakers.
  • Jesson Havill (Denison) offers a set of video vignettes (http://techspeaking.denison.edu/Technically_Speaking/Home.html) and a paper he and colleagues wrote to follow up the vignettes.
  • Janet Kourik (Webster) offers six resources including lessons from comedians, dealing with speech anxiety, and evaluation rubrics.
  • Zo Webster (Columbus State) offers three resources including instructions, evaluation rubric, and a sample presentation. 
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