Teaching Public Speaking Digitally With The Same Efficacy As The Traditional Classroom Setting


Spring 2018



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Patty Born Selly

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Sara Byers-Platt

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Adam Fischer


This paper examines the challenge of teaching public speaking online in a secondary public school classroom. Specifically, the paper focuses on whether or not public speaking can be taught efficiently and effectively in an online learning environment. First, the paper examines the necessity for this research. Next, it focuses on the literature review and the current findings as it pertains to online and traditional pedagogy in in the field of public speaking. The paper then examines the research experiment that was conducted in two ninth grade English classrooms; one of which was taught public speaking skills digitally, and the other that was taught traditionally (face-to-face). Conclusions were drawn based on the findings in the research experiment and thoughts on moving forward with this work were summarized.

Research Methodology

Survey, Field Study, Interview


Literacy, Teachers/ Teaching, Technology

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