Description of a book "Communication in the Real World":
"An Introduction to Communication Studies overviews the time-tested conceptual foundations of the field, while incorporating the latest research and cutting-edge applications of these basics. Each chapter will include timely, concrete, and real-life examples of communication concepts in action."
Table of Contents of the book
Chapter 1: Introduction to Communication Studies
Chapter 2: Communication and Perception
Chapter 3: Verbal Communication
Chapter 4: Nonverbal Communication
Chapter 5: Listening
Chapter 6: Interpersonal Communication Processes
Chapter 7: Communication in Relationships
Chapter 8: Culture and Communication
Chapter 9: Preparing a Speech
Chapter 10: Delivering a Speech
Chapter 11: Informative and Persuasive Speaking
Chapter 12: Public Speaking in Various Contexts
Chapter 13: Small Group Communication
Chapter 14: Leadership, Roles, and Problem Solving in Groups
Chapter 15: Media, Technology, and Communication
Chapter 16: New Media and Communication
Information about the publisher of the book "Mastering Public Relations", available below, is provided here. This may help readers to better evaluate the contents of the book.
"The Saylor Academy, formerly known as the Saylor Foundation, is a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. It was established in 1999 by its sole trustee, Michael J. Saylor. Since 2008, the focus of the foundation has been its Free Education Initiative which has led to the creation of 241 courses representing 10 of the highest enrollment majors in the US.
The Saylor Academy's emphasis is assembling courses from openly available texts and resources. The foundation also funds the creation of new materials when needed, which is then openly licensed for use by other organizations and individuals. In March 2018 Edovo partnered with Saylor Academy.
On its website, the foundation offers 317 free, college-level courses, which are selected as typical courses in high enrollment majors at traditional U.S. colleges. Content is accessible without needing to register or log into the website, however an account is required to gain access to final exams, and a free certificate of completion.
The foundation works with consultants to design the courses, typically university and college faculty members or subject experts. The consultant develops a blueprint for the course, then researches open educational resources (OER) to supply the course with lectures, texts, and other resources. If suitable texts and documents are not found, the foundation works with faculty to compile new materials which it releases to the OER community under a Creative Commons license. Each course is accompanied by an assessment.
After OER materials are assembled into the course format, the material is peer-reviewed for accuracy, quality, and comparability to similar courses at a U.S. college. Each peer-review is completed by a group of consultants, usually consisting of two professors and a graduate student.
Individual courses are approved by the American Council of Education (ACE), the leading trade organization of American colleges and universities
The Saylor Academy is not accredited within any traditional system, but they have been featured as a candidate for launching a system of alternative accreditation through the use of badges. The foundation has stated its intentions to tap into the soon to be released Open Badge Infrastructure from the Mozilla Foundation. This project by the Mozilla Foundation, in tandem with the HASTAC organization, will allow website operators to issue and display badges within a single inter-operable and open source system.
Through cooperation with other organizations, the Saylor Academy can offer degrees, that are nevertheless low cost."
Description of a book titled "Intercultural Communication":
"Intercultural Communication examines culture as a variable in interpersonal and collective communication. It explores the opportunities and problems arising from similarities and differences in communication patterns, processes, and codes among various cultural groups. It explores cultural universals, social categorization, stereotyping and discrimination, with a focus on topics including race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender and sexuality as they relate to communication."