Oral Communication


Facilitator Members
Christopher Claus, Communication Studies - Sarah Bissonette, Biological Sciences
- Gerard Wellman, Political Science & Public
​  Administration
- Katie Olivant, Liberal Studies
- Sriram Chintakrindi, Criminal Justice



The OCFL has established a detailed five semester workplan

Defining Oral Communication

The first task for the Oral Communication Faculty Learning Community (OCFLC) was to finalize a definition of Oral Communication – The AAC&U VALUE Rubric defines Oral Communication in the following way

Oral Communication is prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listener’s attitudes, values, beliefs or behaviors.


Using the VALUE Oral Communication rubric as a starting point, the OCFLC added that the three primary observable outcomes of oral communication are: content, organization, and delivery, as such, faculty could observe those aspects of a presenter during individual presentations, as well as, group presentations within the classroom. While the OCFLC is aware that Oral Competency is not solely demonstrated via in-class presentations, the assessment of oral competency stemming from dyadic communication and small-group communication interactions will be tackled in another round of assessment in the future.

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