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The Massive Classroom

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?

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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…



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

A screen shot from Matt McGarrity’s online course. 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…


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July 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Speech prep — in class so big you have to peer-review speeches of others

Matt McGarrity’s lectures are being sent to computers around the world. (Photo by Ken Lambert) One of the challenges of taking an online speech class with tens of thousands of other students is getting practical feedback from your peers. As I completed week 2 of “Introduction to Public Speaking,” the free online course being offered…


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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…