*COMING SOON: Public Speaking

In Waymaker Public Speaking, students learn the theoretical and practical skills they need to deliver effective, well-researched oral presentations. The course covers essential communication skills including listening and feedback, audience analysis, research and information literacy, and ethics.  It offers practical advice about making one’s voice heard (literally and figuratively), and introduces students to the major speech types, including informative, persuasive, and special occasion speeches. 

Available in Waymaker, Public Speaking enables students to assess their understanding of the learning outcomes through interactive activities and practice questions, as well as end-of-section review quizzes. Outcome-aligned quizzes, assignments, and discussions allow instructors to evaluate student progress both specifically and broadly. A scaffolded, multi-part speech assignment supports students as they work through the steps of preparing a capstone presentation.


1. Introduction to Public Speaking

Speaking Effectively

Speaking Confidently

Speaking Powerfully

Public Speaking Through History

2. Ethical Speech

Introduction to Ethics

Ethical Dimensions of Public Speaking

Originality, Citation, and Plagiarism

3. Listening and Responding

Active Listening

Barriers to Effective Listening

Strategies to Enhance Listening


4. Considering the Audience

What is an Audience

Audience Analysis

Diverse and Intercultural Audiences

Adapting to the Audience

5. Choosing and Researching a Topic

Choosing a Topic

Researching and Supporting Your Speech

Documenting Your Research

6.  Organizing and Outlining Your Speech

Organizing your Ideas

Writing/Outlining Your Speech

Preparing Your Speaking Outline

7. Refining your Speech

Creating Introductions

Creating Conclusions

Integration of Source Material

Creating Transitions

Language and Style

Revising Your Work

8. Delivering your Speech

Methods of Delivery

Vocal Aspects of Delivery

Nonverbal Aspects of Delivery

Preparation, Practice, and Delivery

9. Speaking to Inform

What is an Informative Speech?

Types of Informative Speeches

Building an Informative Speech

10. Persuasive Speaking

Speaking to Persuade

Credibility and Evidence

Ethos, Logos, and Pathos

Ineffective vs. Effective Persuasion

11. Speaking to Entertain and for Special Occasions

What are Special Occasions?

Speaking to Entertain

Special Occasions

Speakers and Events

12. Public Speaking Online

Introduction… scenarios of online speech

Public speaking online

The online audience

Technical considerations

13. Public Speaking on the Job

Informational interviews

Job interviews

Public interviews



14. Small Group Communication

Group dynamics

Group discussions

Group presentations

15. Creating and Using Presentation Aids

Effective Visual Aids

Types of Visual Aids


Slide design

Note: This course is under development and content is subject to small changes until the course is completed.

Additional Course Features

  • Waymaker Courseware: User-friendly Waymaker learning tools improve success for at-risk students with personalized study plans, automated study tips and nudges, and early alerts to identify and help struggling students.
  • Outcome-aligned OER: Designed to replace expensive textbooks, this course curates the best available open educational resources (OER) aligned with learning outcomes. Teach it as-is or customize to fit your needs.
  • LMS Integration: This course is delivered with seamless LMS integration and automatic grade return for Canvas, Blackboard, Brightspace, and Moodle.
  • Accessibility: Lumen is 100% committed to providing learning materials that are accessible to all learners. Lumen course materials are mobile-friendly.

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Why Teach with Lumen Course Materials?

  • Replace expensive textbooks: Ready-to-adopt open educational resources (OER) include text, videos, simulations, self-checks, and other interactives.
  • Choose affordability: Low cost to students.
  • Use better content: Continuous, data-driven improvements make OER content more effective at supporting learning.
  • Simplify access: Easy access to course materials in your LMS (Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, and Moodle) plus automatic grade return.
  • Improve student outcomes: Research shows Lumen course materials can improve academic performance, passing rates, and course completion.


  • Save time: Start with curated, outcome-aligned OER and supplemental instructor resources like quiz banks, assignments, slide decks, etc. 
  • Customize your course: Freedom to tailor course content to fit your learning outcomes and instructional approach.
  • Enjoy awesome support: Faculty-friendly onboarding, training, and support. 

See OER pioneer David Wiley’s overviews of Lumen courseware.



  • Learn by doing: Online homework, self-check activities, and other interactive tools strengthen learning.
  • Engage from day one: Avoid falling behind with access course materials from the first day of class.
  • Retain materials: Download a digital copy of course content to keep forever.
  • Become a better learner: Real-time feedback guides students on where to focus and how to improve.

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