School: University of Colorado
Registration Link: REGISTER HERE
Start Date: September 2016
Workload: Not Specified
Instructor: William Kuskin
Credentials: Kuskin is senior associate vice provost for education innovation at the University of Colorado, where he also serves as an English professor. A pioneer in digital education, Kuskin is best known for his acclaimed MOOC “Comic Books and Graphic Novels.” His scholarship has covered everything from medieval manuscript production to William Shakespeare. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
Graded: Students will earn a verified certificate for completing this course.
Description: According to a 2015 survey by Chapman University, 28.4% of Americans feared public speaking, more than unemployment, dying, or even needles. It makes sense: It’s hard enough to express yourself, let alone doing it in a forum where you’re the center of attention. Mastering this fear is the first part of Kuskin’s course, which also focuses on the best practices for crafting and delivering a speech, including “developing a creative formula, using verbal and body language, and anticipating the room.” For Kuskin, there are magic formulas for making a presentation that gets results. Instead, he will teach presentation no different than the foundations of good writing and design: “clarity, structure, and revision.”
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