Public Speaking, Technology Use, and Audience Perceptions

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Students will learn an experimental methodology useful for testing their lingering questions. 

Project description

Selected students will work with the faculty member on a research project examining technology use in the classroom. Technology has changed the public speaking landscape in terms of both effective presentation skills and audience perceptions. This research project seeks to answer a specific research question related to speakers’ technology use and perceived speaker credibility in a university classroom setting. The findings could potentially generalize to broader professional speaking contexts. 

Project outcome

This project aims to give UB-SIM students an opportunity to learn experimental methodology, produce empirically driven knowledge, and experience the research process. Over the course of two semesters students will help conduct a literature review, design survey items, produce video vignettes, collect data, analyze data, and interpret results. The objective is to produce an academic conference worthy and/or publishable journal article. Students will also become familiar with theories related to technology use, public speaking, and audience perceptions. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment About two semesters
Start time Fall semester
Level of collaboration Small group project (3-5 students)
Benefits Research experience
Who is eligible Sophomores, juniors, and seniors at UB Singapore Institute of Management

Project mentor

Blake Hendrickson


Communication, UB Singapore Institute of Management

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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.