Douglas Marshall
Material Type:
Full Course
College / Upper Division
  • Communication
  • Communication Culture
  • Human Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • LOUIS Peer Review
  • louis-peer-review
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    Education Standards

    Intro to Communication Review Rubric


    This is a review of Intro to Communication (CMST 101) com completed by Douglas Marshall, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Southern University at New Orleans 


    The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary.

    This resource presents a very detailed and comprehensive full course layout for a basic communication course. Many of the major pieces that I look for in a Human Communication course are included with the addition of some that are not offered on a broad basis. There are some componenants missing, but overall the major needs are addressed by this text. 

    Content Accuracy

    Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.

    I find the content offered in this resource to be very accurate. Upon reviewing these materials I did not find any errors. There are always matter of perspective, but nothing even close to inaccurate. This is also seemingly unbiased. 

    Relevance Longevity

    Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement.

    Overall, I would asses the relevance logevity of this resource to be acceptable. There is a lot of timless information to be used in a basic Human Communication course, but it seems as if this resource hasn't really been updated since 2013. I think that the longevity of the structure if strong and that the instructor would need to do some extra groundwork to bring in more current events and elements.


    The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used.

    This textbook has exceptional clarity and it is about what I would expect for a basic Human Communication course. Clear terminology and jargon are explained well when used. I feel that sometimes OER's are developed by a committee and that can leave a text with a disjointed feel in the prose. This text feels of one cleat voice. 


    The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.

    Overall, the resources presented here are consistent. I honestly feel that the most inconsistent element of this material is the presentation of the course folders and files for the instructor. Ultimately this is not a major issue, as the instructor can figure out the system, but the multiple files and folders in Google Docs creates some consistency issues that may cause confusion for the instructor. Materiasl from the student perspective are quite consistent. 


    The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

    These materials presented for the instructor's use are easy to read and arranged well. The units could easily be broken out and used as smaller sections in other courses or even additional materials for a basic Human Communication course. I find that these materials could be used easily and offered as micro unities. 

    Organization Structure Flow

    The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion.

    The organization flow both instructor lesson plans and student reading materials are smart and follow a well-planned organizational flow. The arrangement of the documents within Google Docs does hurt the overall organization of these materials. I would highly recommend that the instructor would download the materials and arrange them in a less confusing manner. 


    The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader.

    The interface is fairly basic and I believe this has to do with the age of the course. It would be nice to see someone do an update to this course that provides new content and fresh interface. It would make it more attractive to the instructor and the students. 

    Grammatical Errors

    The text contains no grammatical errors.

    I offer this piece of the review with a strong caveat; it is not my strength to search for grammatical errors. I read this text and found nothing problematic. 

    Cultural Relevance

    The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

    The cultural references are not offensive or problematic, but they are not timely. Sometimes this material feels outdated and I know students to reject material that seems old. They consider it to be irrelevant without further examination. The instructor can make these moves, but overall the text misses out of some major cultural, social, and technological aspects of human communication.