The introductory public speaking class includes topics such as audience analysis, credibility, organization, visual aids, and delivery. While the pedagogy I employ in this class tends to be very interactive and require a lot of group work, 2020 will forever be known as the year of the COVID-19 global pandemic, which produced social distancing, stay-at-home-orders, and mask wearing. This study examines the impacts of pandemic precautions on public speaking practice, specifically situational communication apprehension. In addition to recording my own observations throughout my face-to-face public speaking class, I also periodically interviewed students about their experience taking the course during a pandemic. The paper ends with a discussion of a situational approach to public speaking, with pedagogical possibilities for instructors.
Hoops, Joshua F.
"Public Speaking in a Pandemic: A Situational, Compensatory, and Resilient Undertaking,"
Basic Communication Course Annual: Vol. 34, Article 5.
Available at: https://ecommons.udayton.edu/bcca/vol34/iss1/5