Author:
Danielle Vignes
Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Textbook
Level:
Community College / Lower Division
Tags:
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • LOUIS Peer Review
  • Public Speaking
  • Small Group Communication
  • louis-peer-review
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs, Text/HTML

    Education Standards

    Introduction to Public Communication Review

    Overview

    This is a review of the textbook, Introduction to Public Communication http://louis.oercommons.org/courses/introduction-to-public-communication/view completed by Danielle Vignes, Baton Rouge Community College.

    Comprehensiveness

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

    This is an open textbook written for ISU students in an introduction to communication course.  The authors pulled from other open sources to create a textbook for Indiana State University students.  Much of the material includes familiar graphs and images from other open sources.  Subjects within the text are well covered  for a survey course in communication studies.  Summaries, discussions, and references are available.

    Content Accuracy

    Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.

    The textbook is accurate with no major content errors.

    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 a textbook for Indiana State University students, some content is particular to ISU's campus life.  Using this textbook at another institution is possible as a supplemental guide or a full text with the understanding of focus toward ISU.  This review is written in 2020 and the textbook was published in 2016.  The presentational aids section could be updated to reflect current time.

    Clarity

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

    The material is clear and succinct. The text is appropriate and accessible to 100/1000 level courses.

    Consistency

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

    The textbook is organized in a consistent pattern.  Each chapter includes an introduction.  Four to seven sections are present within each chapter that also includes summaries, discussions, and references. 

    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.

    Chapters are consistent in the amount of numbered sections within. Each chapter's heading is compatible with other texts and resources for adaptability and reuse.

    Organization Structure Flow

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

    The chapters are listed similarly to other textbooks with interpersonal, small group, and public speaking sections. Having clear titled units or core divisions to mark interpersonal, public speaking, small group may be helpful.  

    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.

    Overall, the interface is fairly accessible. One can easily maneuver through the table of contents and the sections are clearly markated. The chapters in the table of contents are repeated however which can get confusing. 

    Grammatical Errors

    The text contains no grammatical errors.

    The textbook appears to use proper grammar and is free of writing mistakes.

    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.

    While chapter two is devoted to cultural awareness and global engagement, and parts of chapter seven addresses intercultural fluency, there is a lack of images to support cultural diversity.   Each chapter should have a section within that tends to cultural awareness.