This E-textbook on public speaking is sponsored by the American Communication Association and is made possible through the voluntary work of many of its members. The book is free to all. Individuals, instructors, and students can download modules (think chapters) and convert them to hard copies as needed. The duplication and distribution of copies only requires the usual documentation giving recognition to the source.
Welcome to the Open Knowledge Online Guide to Public Speaking, sponsored by the American Communication Association!
If you're looking for THE online guide to public speaking, this is the place!
Two new modules are available today (in PDF format):
Persuasive Speaking: Origins of Contemporary Persuasion (13 pages)
Persuasive Speaking: Strategies for Causing Attitudinal and Behavioral Change (22 pages)
September 7, 2008
It is with great pride and pleasure that we present Public Speaking: The ACA Open Knowledge Online Guide. Since our founding in 1993, the American Communication Association has worked to advance the Communication discipline with projects inspired by Freedom, Openness, Inclusivity, Virtuality, Equality, and Cooperation. This new Public Speaking text demonstrates the revolutionary influence that scholars and practitioners can achieve when technology is harnessed to enrich the entire community. The World Wide Web liberated the publishing process from the need for physical resources, and with this textbook ACA shows that collaborators can not only generate high quality content, they can also freely share it with everyone.
Public Speaking: The ACA Open Knowledge Online Guide
Vision and Mission Statement
Vision. What does this word truly mean? To me, and the authors and producers of this electronic textbook, I strongly believe that it means: making tomorrow possible today. The vision and mission of this project began simply enough. We wanted to bring a free multi-authored public speaking textbook to bear online, such that anyone with access to a Web-browser could view it, print it out for themselves, and use it in their classrooms and beyond. That was the idea, writ small. We wanted to make academic knowledge freely available, and do so with a global reach. Again, the idea was simple, small, portable.
But, that was then, and this is now. I am changed by this thing.