• Speech Analysis Paper Assignment
    This assignment was created by Nancy Bandiera at La Guardia Community College. It “was used in a Public Speaking course where students learned to build a variety of public speeches. The assignment aims to enable students to make connections to experience, to reflect and self-asses their learning. In line with the integrative learning core competency, they are also encouraged to make connections between and among academic disciplines.”
  • Start Here, Speak Anywhere! Empowering Our Voices for a Global Audience
    “This book was written by several faculty members, including a librarian, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) with a purpose of ‘advancing equity and the intellectual and personal growth of students’ and strengthening ‘a culture of care inside and outside the classroom.’ (Mission Statement of BMCC)”

Open Books

  • Exploring Public Speaking: 4th Edition
    “We believe this text addresses all the subjects that traditional publishers’ books would address in an appropriate writing style and with appropriate college-level learning theory in mind. The appendices address some additional topics that might be excluded from most texts, but that we believe add to the experience: learning theory, plagiarism, speaking online, speaking to diverse audiences, and humor in public speaking. In the third and fourth editions we have added ‘case study’ examples and some different outline samples.” Note that this edition “includes a set of test banks which are not available to the public. For access to these resources, please contact Dr. Barbara Tucker at btucker@daltonstate.edu.”
  • Speak Out, Call In: Public Speaking as Advocacy
    This “interdisciplinary public speaking textbook […] fuses rhetoric, critical/cultural studies, and performance to offer an up-to-date resource for students. With a focus on advocacy, this textbook invites students to consider public speaking as a political, purposeful form of information-sharing.”
  • Stand Up, Speak Out: The Practice and Ethics of Public Speaking
    This textbook from University of Minnesota Libraries Publishing “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.”

Open Courses

  • Principles of Public Speaking (Lumen Learning)
    “In 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.” Be sure to check the licenses and attributions at the bottom of each page of this site for copyright and licensing information specific to that page.
  • Public Speaking (Saylor Academy)
    “This course systematically examines the elements of an effective speech and goes through an element-by-element examination of the essentials of public speaking, while also identifying traits of the individual speaker and how they affect preparation and presentation. This course also demonstrates specific, performance-oriented aspects of public speaking.”
  • Public Speaking Course (Clayton State University)
    “This is your all-access pass to readings, slide shows, videos, activities, and other materials that were designed for use in Clayton State University’s COMM 1101 course. Everything on this website is free and open to the public. It was developed with support from the Affordable Learning Georgia initiative.”

Open and Zero-cost Resources

  • The Public Speaking Project
    The Public Speaking Project offered “an assortment of virtual tools to help users improve their public speaking skills.” Thirty-two videos remain available at the project’s YouTube channel.