Now available: Volume 29 of Basic Communication Course Annual

By Maureen Schlangen

The first all-online open-access issue of the Basic Communication Course Annual, a scholarly journal on the popular and often required collegiate course in public speaking and interpersonal communication, is now available, announced its editor, University of Dayton communication professor Joseph M. Valenzano III.

Released Wednesday, Feb. 8, Volume 29 addresses an assortment of research topics. In one paper, the authors explore how public speaking and hybrid introductory communication courses contribute to students' connections to one another. Another paper evaluates students' perceptions of their role in the peer feedback process, and another compares students in traditional and blended classroom-online modalities to evaluate communication apprehension and self-efficacy.

In a section called the Basic Course Forum, scholars use shorter essays to explore the topic of adaptation, addressing mobile technology, global contexts, accessibility, social media and information literacy.

"The University of Dayton is proud to deliver this important collection of faculty research to the broader scholarly community in an open-access format," said Valenzano, chair of the Department of Communication and the editor of the Annual since 2014. "This is a profoundly positive development for this nearly three-decades-old publication. We are glad to help facilitate a broader reach for the important work contained in all of the volumes of the BCCA."


The Basic Communication Course Annual, managed by the Basic Course Division of the National Communication Association, is published by the University of Dayton on eCommons, its institutional repository and electronic publishing platform. With the expiration of Valenzano's term as editor in 2017, he is succeeded by Joseph P. Mazer, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Communication at Clemson University. Submissions are being accepted for Volume 30 on the journal website.

— Maureen Schlangen, e-scholarship and communications manager

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