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Approx. 14 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Week 1: Targeting your presentation

3 hours to complete
15 videos (Total 82 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
15 videos
What's this course about?6m
Informative speech assignment5m
Your speech should be audience-oriented5m
What do I know about my audience?6m
What does my audience know about the topic?7m
Identifying goals. What do you want the speech to achieve?7m
Planning goals. Be concrete to be successful.4m
Revising goals. Be realistic given the time and audience.6m
Start with an outline that clarifies key themes.5m
Simplicity. Focus on a few key ideas7m
Order. Make the speech easy to follow along with.5m
Balance. Are you spending time in the right sections?3m
Sample introductory speech2m
Recording good speech videos (optional)4m
5 readings
Week one overview2m
Informative speech assignment description (Optional reading)10m
Case study. Juliana Rotich at TED20m
Week one lesson summaries10m
Week one assignment check-in10m
3 practice exercises
Valuable talks30m
Speech goals5m
Week 1 quiz10m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Week 2: Designing informative speeches

3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 70 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
12 videos
Include clear examples and illustrations5m
Summarize complex information7m
Give the audience time to process what you're saying5m
Refining your speech5m
Good introductions set you up for an interesting and clear speech6m
Good conclusions allow you reinforce and end on a strong note.5m
Briefings and updates4m
Product and design presentations4m
Explaining research to a general audience7m
Teaching talks6m
Conference talks6m
8 readings
Week two overview2m
Case study. Explaining bee death15m
Case study: Hans Rosling's magic washing machine10m
A note on these models2m
Speech analysis #1 overview10m
Matt's feedback (Optional)10m
Week two lesson summaries10m
Week two assignment check5m
2 practice exercises
Introductions and conclusions30m
Week 2 quiz10m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Week 3: Clarity through support and slides

2 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 65 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Slides aren't simply your notes5m
Keep slides simple5m
Use slides to clarify the speech's arrangement4m
Using text in slides5m
Using images in slides3m
Using video in slides4m
Presenting with slides5m
Case study. Slides and text8m
Michael Alley, Penn State: What's wrong with slides?4m
Michael Alley, Penn State: How to make slides better5m
Sara Battersby from Tableau Software6m
3 readings
Week three overview2m
Week three lesson summaries10m
Week three assignment check-in5m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 quiz10m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Week 4: Delivering informative speeches

3 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 70 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
11 videos
Arete: Performing your passion6m
Phronesis. Showing your knowledge5m
Eunoia. Displaying your goodwill4m
Presidential ethos analysis9m
Using podiums5m
Using microphones6m
Using notes7m
Where and how to interact with your audience6m
Audience getting sleepy? Try a delivery change up4m
Sample informative speech8m
5 readings
Week four overview2m
Speech analysis #22m
Matt's feedback (Optional)10m
Week four lesson summaries10m
Week four assignment check-in2m
2 practice exercises
Interacting with your materials30m
Week 4 quiz10m

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