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University of Washington senior lecturer Matt McGarrity is teaching an online course on public speaking to tens of thousands of people around the world this summer. How’s he doing?

September 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Final thoughts on teaching, and taking, a MOOC

Matt McGarrity’s free online class on public speaking, offered through the University of Washington and Coursera, ended earlier this month. I wrote about it for last weekend’s paper, but McGarrity had so many other things to say that I’m going to finish up the blog by wrapping up with these observations: On classroom civility: We’ve…



August 5, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Reporter: Online courses – learned more, more difficult than expected

Several other higher education reporters have taken a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and written about the experience, most recently Justin Pope of the Associated Press, who took a class through MIT on global poverty: Wrote Pope: “I learned more than I expected, and worked harder than I expected.” He found that it takes…


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July 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

How to avoid a public-speaking meltdown

The speech was so painful to watch that it made my toes curl. Three weeks into the online class “Introduction to Public Speaking,” University of Washington lecturer Matt McGarrity introduced us to a vivid example of what failure looks like. The video clip he used featured a man testifying at a public hearing who completely, dramatically, embarrassingly…


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July 10, 2013 at 11:08 AM

The global reach of a public speaking course at the UW

This summer, students from around the world are learning public speaking the way it’s taught at the University of Washington. For Seattle Times readers taking “Introduction to Public Speaking,” global participation is yet another unique aspect to taking a class online. About three-quarters of the students who signed up for the course live outside the…


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July 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

The advantages of the recorded classroom lecture

We’ve just finished the first week of classes in the University of Washington’s Introduction to Public Speaking MOOC, and the class is settling in nicely. The students have found their virtual desks, learned how to play the video lectures, and tackled their first weekly quiz and (optional) practice speech. For the dozen or so Seattle Times…



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