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Frequently Asked Questions:


  •       Do I have the technology capability to take online public speaking?

Computer requirements:

When you sign up for an online course, you are assuming the responsibility to master the necessary technology. I will help you navigate within the online classroom and will provide any help that you may need on your assignments.  

When it comes to technology in an online class, I assume that you have taken the necessary steps to assure your own success in an online course and that you will know where to go for help if needed.  This is your responsibility.  

You can now use READI, a free online assessment tool to help you determine your READINESS for taking Distance Learning courses at HCC.  I encourage all students to take this assessment prior to registering for a Distance Learning course.   READI will give you an estimate of your strengths in different components.  READI measures reading speed and comprehension, technical competency, academic attributes, personal interests and learning styles.

If you are in a pinch and have access to an HCC campus, you can use the computers in the libraries or computer labs. 

Ideally, you will have a computer at home to use since you will need to login several times a week in order to complete your assignments. 




Video recorder requirements:

You will be required to record three presentations and upload them onto YouTube.  You will need a digital video recorder and the software and computer cables necessary for uploading digital files. YouTube  allows you to keep videos marked as “private” but you are required to submit your viewing ID to the instructor and to your classmates for peer review.  YouTube provides a number of tutorials for how to properly record and upload your videos.  In addition, we provide the following tutorial:



I strongly encourage you to make a sample video, and upload it onto YouTube for viewing so you clearly understand the procedure and how long it takes .


  •      Will I be required to have an audience? 


YES!  You will be required to have a live audience for each speech.  The number of audience members may vary from speech to speech.  Make sure that you have enough friends, family, roommates, co-workers, and neighbors to rely on for your audience. Children and animals do not count as audience members.   Your audience will introduce themselves on the camera and you will then proceed directly into your speech.   You should speak to the AUDIENCE and not the camera.  Please see the following video of Stephen Johns, a colleague, who discusses the course and the audience requirement:



  •         Can I use a webcam/digital camera/other device to record my video?


This depends on the quality and portability of the webcam or other device.  The recording you make must have adequate lighting and sound quality.  External light sources such as lamps, overhead lights are a necessity.  In addition, external microphones provide sound quality superior to the built-in microphones on most camcorders and other video recording equipment.   For your presentations, you must be standing and showing a view of yourself from AT LEAST the waist up.  You may not edit your videos in any way.  This includes starting and stopping the camera and adding any titles or other text. 


  •  Is a textbook required?

YES!  The textbook we are using is Stephen Lucas' The Art of Public Speaking, 11th edition.  The texbook will be necessary in order for you to understand course concepts and to do well on your weekly quizzes and major speech assignments.  You may purchase a copy from the HCC bookstore for approx. 135.00 which includes a course code where you will access your online learning modules through the publisher website (accessed through the Blackboard classroom).  If you go through the Balsckboard classroom, you may purchase an online “e-book” version which includes the course modules. You will have access to the McGraw-Hill publisher site for free for 3 weeks through our Blackboard classroom



ISBN #:  LearnSmart Code only (free 3 week trial): 9780077767044, $35 - Only use this code from inside of the Blackboard classroom!

              ISBN for the book/ebook and Learnsmart code:  9780077920586


It is acceptable to buy a used older edition and then purchase the Learnsmart code if you don't complete your quizzes past the third week. 


There are a few more options that I will discuss in an email and an announcement once you are enrolled..