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Connect for Lucas, The Art of Public Speaking, 11e

Stephen Lucas

With its groundbreaking adaptive learning system and enhanced speech capture functionality, Connect Lucas 2.0 contains a full suite of resources to help students gain practice, confidence, and success in their Public Speaking course and beyond. Connect Lucas guides students to internalize the concepts that they need to know to succeed and gives instructors the ability to efficiently evaluate in-class and online speech assignments, manage peer review activities, and track student progress. That means more time teaching, less time managing, and more time for student learning.

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Key Features

  • LearnSmart


    LearnSmart is an adaptive study tool proven to strengthen memory recall, increase class retention, and boost grades. Students are able to study more efficiently because they are made aware of what they know and don’t know. Real-time reports quickly identify the concepts that require more attention from individual students—or the entire class.

  • LearnSmart


    SmartBook is the first and only adaptive reading experience designed to change the way students read and learn. It creates a personalized reading experience by highlighting the most impactful concepts a student needs to learn at that moment in time.  As a student engages with SmartBook, the reading experience continuously adapts by highlighting content based on what the student knows and doesn’t know. This ensures that the focus is on the content he or she needs to learn, while simultaneously promoting long-term retention of material. Use SmartBook’s real-time reports to quickly identify the concepts that require more attention from individual students–or the entire class. The end result? Students are more engaged with course content, can better prioritize their time, and come to class ready to participate.

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    Enhanced Speech Capture

    Designed for use in face-to-face, real-time classrooms, as well as online courses, enhanced speech capture allows you to easily evaluate your students’ speeches using fully customizable rubrics. You can also create and manage true peer review assignments and upload videos on behalf of students for optimal flexibility.

More Features

  • Speech Preparation Tools

    This suite of tools aids students with all facets of speech preparation, from selecting a topic and outlining their speeches, to creating audience analysis questionnaires and properly citing sources. Connect also includes a customizable outline tool that lets you define an outline format for your students that is consistent with your course.

  • Chapter Assessment Material

    Connect Public Speaking offers a wide range of assignable and assessable online activities, including pre-tests and chapter quizzes, matching activities that test student comprehension of key terms, outlining activities, TED Talks activities, and more.

  • Sample Speech Videos

    Connect Public Speaking contains a searchable media library with numerous full sample student speeches for discussion and analysis, and shorter video clips that highlight individual elements of a speech. All full-length student speech videos are accompanied by pre-built assessment content that can be easily assigned.

  • Integrated eBook

    When learning tools are interactive, content is more approachable and engagement is deeper. Connect includes an Integrated eBook that builds student comprehension through animation, audio and video. As part of its rich media format, students can insert and review notes, highlight text, conduct searches for specific content and interact with high-impact images.

Effectiveness Study

Connect Makes a Difference

Analysis of data aggregated from 34 Connect case studies featuring diverse colleges and universities in the United States showed consistent improvement in four areas:

Reduced administrative time for instructors
Increased effectiveness of lectures and more engaged students
Greater student confidence and retention rate
Higher test scores and overall grades

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