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Research Guides

Eastern Washington University Libraries

Open Educational Resources (OER)

This guide provides information about Open Educational Resources, or OER.

OER for Communication Studies

A collection of OER textbooks on Journalism, Media Studies & Communications

Public Speaking

Principles of Public Speaking

"Students learn how to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations, with an emphasis on informative and persuasive public speaking. The course introduces important elements of successful presentations including effective listening, presentation organization, and logical structure; informative and persuasive speech; use of visual aids, research, and evidence; ethical considerations; and techniques for building confidence in public speaking."

Exploring Public Speaking, 4th Edition

"Exploring Public Speaking is a zero-cost textbook for basic public speaking courses or courses that include basic public speaking skills as one of their primary learning outcomes. The free, open nature of the text means that instructors are able to use all or part of it, and add their own materials."

Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking

"The book features two key themes: first it focuses on helping students become more seasoned and polished public speakers, and second is its emphasis on ethics in communication. "

ORAT!O - Speaking with Confidence

ORAT!O is an open resources for public speaking courses. Chapters are organized by weekly along with videos covering various aspects of public speaking.

Journalism & Media Studies

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication

"An introduction to mass communication text should be a compelling, historical narrative sketching the *ongoing evolution* of media technology and how that technology shapes and is shaped by culture"

Journalism, Fake News & Disinformation: Handbook for Journalism Education and Training

"The handbook seeks to serve as an internationally-relevant model curriculum, open to adoption or adaptation, which responds to the emerging global problem of disinformation that confronts societies in general, and journalism in particular."

Media Studies 101

Media Studies 101 is the open educational resource for media studies in New Zealand, Australia, and Pacifica.

Public Relations

Other Topics

Writing for Strategic Communication Industries

"Good writing skills are important in today’s competitive work environment. This is especially the case for communication-related professions such as public relations, brand communication, journalism, and marketing."

A Guide to Technical Communications: Strategies & Applications

"A textbook focused on developing both technical and professional communication skills"

TED Talks - Communication