• A New Video Resource to Help Students Understand Copyright

    "To take from an artist is to take greatness from this world."   So says Matthew Cuban in the following video from a group of Los Angeles street poets about copyright and its importance to creativity and innovat...
    Ruth Vitale
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  • Using Speak Up's New Feature to Teach Public Speaking

         Speak Up! employs various means to connect with students, including real-life speech examples and hundreds of hand-drawn illustrations that bring public speaking concepts to life with clarity ...
    Douglas Fraleigh
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  • Into the Conversation: Transformative Learning

    “No textbook is created by one person,” writes Steve McCornack and Joe Ortiz, the authors of the groundbreaking new edition of the human communication textbook Choices & Connections. “What we tea...
    S. Lizabeth Martin
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  • A Five-Step Model for Speech Preparation

    In the introductory human communication course or public speaking course, it can be challenging for students to see speech preparation as a developmental process. Many students come into introductory courses having do...
    Joseph Ortiz
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  • Into the Conversation: Perception Matters

    About three years ago, my former institution was considering a book adoption of a standardized introductory human communication textbook. This practice is fairly standard with textbook publishers across the country&md...
    S. Lizabeth Martin
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  • Tech Tuesday: A New LaunchPad for Your Pocket

    When A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking came out in its 6th edition last fall, its LaunchPad got so much more than just a refresh. It’s a totally revamped experience for your students! Let’s check out all o...
    Heather Halter
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  • Tech Tuesday: LaunchPad gets even more Interpersonal

    With a new co-author, a new chapter on Gender Communication, new Making Relationship Choices case studies, and new Video Assessment tools, Reflect and Relate, along with its corresponding LaunchPad, offers more interp...
    Heather Halter
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  • The Three C's of Fake News

    As insults go, “fake news” has not yet reached the point of vacuity of, say, “your mother wears army boots.” Because of its excessive and less-than-strategic usage, it is edging into clich&eacu...
    Ernest Wiggins
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  • Tech Tuesday: Dive into Digital with Personality

    Macmillan’s first edition public speaking text, Speech Craft, has a personality of its own. Fittingly, its corresponding LaunchPad reflects that personality, as the book’s author, Joshua Gunn helped develo...
    Heather Halter
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  • Using Love Languages to Communicate Effectively

    What's Your Love Language?   Have you ever received a gift from a friend or romantic partner, only to wish you could spend more time with them instead? Have you ever given someone a hug only to find that phy...
    Melanie McFadyen
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  • Wordiness - Know What I'm Sayin'?

      That ubiquitous rhetorical query “know what I’m sayin’”? – which actually shifts the real work of comprehension from the speaker to the listener – has become a motto for too ...
    Ernest Wiggins
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  • Tech Tuesdays: Video Assessment Program

    Video is a crucial feature across all Communication courses, and Macmillan wants to make it easy to implement, effective for students, and, hopefully, fun to use as an instructor!   The Video Assessment Program ...
    Heather Halter
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  • Advertisers take refreshing approach to sexuality and gender in campaigns

    By Ernest L. Wiggins   Though a journalist by trade, I developed an abiding interest in persuasive communication during graduate school.  I have formally studied the intersection of media messages, group ide...
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  • A Back-to-School GIFT

    Congratulations on the new academic year! We hope your students are off to a grand start and are well on their way to a successful fall semester. Time flies, and it is surprising that we are already a month into the s...
    Erika Gutierrez
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  • The End of the Summer of Media Merger Mania

    The summer of 2018 has been a momentous one for media merger mania. Although this sounds like a topic for a high-level economics course, the approved and proposed media mergers involve a number of name-brand companies...
    Christopher Martin
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  • Back-to-School Tips 2018: Trigger Scripts

    Dr. Ortiz is an author of Choices and Connections, and has taught for over 30 years, beginning in 1983 at Clovis Community College (NM). He joined the Scottsdale Community College faculty in 1989, ...
    Joseph Ortiz
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  • Welcome Back!

    While it may be too early to start eating pumpkin-shaped candies or drinking pumpkin-spiced lattes, the inevitable truth is that summer is once again ending. Of course, that's exciting in itself, as it means fall is o...
    Melanie McFadyen
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  • Teaching Tip: Turn Your Classroom Into a Newsroom

    In my journalism classes, I used to teach using the building-block method. I would set up my class in chunks: present the material, assign a story, require follow up reports and peer reviews, and have students turn in...
    Marti Harvey
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  • Teaching writing with group work

    USING GROUPS TO TEACH WRITING Some see writing as a solitary process. Some teach it as a solitary process. However, teaching writing as a group activity lets students explore how others approach learning the craft, a...
    Marti Harvey
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  • Nonverbal Techniques to Increase Your Confidence

    The idea that nonverbal signals can be used strategically to influence an outcome or reveal unspoken information about others has captured the minds of researchers and the general public alike. This fascination with n...
    Madeleine Tolk
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