Author:
Danielle Vignes
Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Level:
Community College / Lower Division
Tags:
Communication Studies, LOUIS Peer Review, Speech Communication, louis-peer-review
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English

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Communication in the Real World: Introduction to Communication Studies Review

Overview

This is a review of Communication In The Real World: An Introduction to Communication Studies: https://louis.oercommons.org/courses/communication-in-the-real-world-an-introduction-to-communication-studies (also found at https://open.lib.umn.edu/communication/) completed by Dr. Danielle Vignes , Associate Professor, Baton Rouge Community College, on April 6, 2020.

Content Accuracy

Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.

Content is accurate in what it covers, error-free and unbiased.

Comprehensiveness

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

This textbook includes the major ideas and topics for an introductory communication studies course. This text is appropriate for a 100/1000-level course. The chapters include sections on interpersonal communication, public speaking, and group communication. I've used the textbook for my fundamentals of communication course. The book covers plenty of topics for a professor to customize. I never hear complaints from students.  

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.

As I review this text in 2020, the importance of diverse perspectives and voices are crtitical in understanding communcation theory and practice.  I'd like to see more of this in the text.  Also chapters 15 and 16 are outdated in the approach to media.

Clarity

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

The text is clear, accessible, and well-organized.   The chapter reviews have proven to be helpful for students when preparing for assessments.

Consistency

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

The text offers sections throughout the chapters to reinforce the messages of each.  From "getting real," "key takeaways," and "exercises," students are able to access the content in different ways. 

Modularity

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.

The modularity of the text allows for easy adaption for use in any course. Each chapter includes smaller sections that can be reconstituted for multiple purposes.

Organization Structure Flow

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

The order of the text is standard for an introduction to communication course textbook.  

Interface

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 user friendly and easy to navigate.  My students enjoy the active links embedded in the text.  

Grammatical Errors

The text contains no grammatical errors.

The text is well written with little to no grammatical errors.

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 text is very sensitive and inclusive to multiple ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.  A step further would be to include more photographs of diverse individuals.