Dr. David Hinojosa
About Dr. Hinojosa
Dr. David Hinojosa is a full-time lecturer for the Communication department at UTRGV. He has taught Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing, Group Communication, Introduction to Communication, but mainly teaches Public Speaking. He is also a Core Coordinator of COMM 1315-Public Speaking at UTRGV.
As a result of the pandemic, Dr. Hinojosa redesigned his public speaking course to an online asynchronous modality and switched to using the open textbook, Exploring Public Speaking: The Free Dalton State College Public Speaking Textbook, 4th Edition. He knew he would be saving students money in a time when they were feeling the economic effects of the pandemic.
Course Redesign Experience
He describes the experience of redesigning his public speaking course as challenging given public speaking is a skill that involves a live audience. Dr. Hinojosa needed to maintain some of these interactions while teaching public speaking concepts online. Using an open textbook was a natural choice for his online class because the textbook and resources could easily be uploaded to Blackboard and accessed by students to complete assignments such as quizzes.
Hinojosa felt satisfied with the experience of finding an OER that fit his needs and helping students save some money. His students were appreciative of the opportunity to pay zero extra fees for his public speaking class and he received positive feedback from them.