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Potential disruptive innovation: online learning of public speaking courses in higher education
Foresight ; ahead-of-print(ahead-of-print):11, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1583896
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Purpose The sudden pandemic of COVID-19 has caused disruptive innovation in all areas of business including education. Despite the educators' and students' acceptance and readiness in the new normal, the traditional face-to-face (FTF) public speaking has been shifted to online courses to suit the current needs. This study aims to examine whether there were differences between online and FTF pubic speaking in the students' anxiety level, speech performance, as well as their perceptions of the challenges in the implementation of online public speaking courses as a potential to disruptive innovation. Design/methodology/approach This pilot study was a mixed method research that involved a purposive sampling of two groups of 39 students in higher education. The instruments used were questionnaires of self-report anxiety, speech performance test and observation. Findings The findings show that the students preferred the traditional FTF rather than the online mode for public speaking courses. The challenges of internet connection and the lack of a live audience were their main concerns in online public speaking. It also provides a potential for disruptive innovation that could take into consideration of a live audience in university online courses. Originality/value This study provides the potential of public speaking course as a disruptive innovation. This brings implications for the innovators, marketers and educators to think of the online courses/programmes that can be best implemented while embracing the changes and the new normal of COVID-19 brings for student learning.
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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Web of Science Type of study: Experimental Studies / Observational study / Prognostic study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials Language: English Journal: Foresight Year: 2021 Document Type: Article

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Full text: Available Collection: Databases of international organizations Database: Web of Science Type of study: Experimental Studies / Observational study / Prognostic study / Qualitative research / Randomized controlled trials Language: English Journal: Foresight Year: 2021 Document Type: Article