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Subtitles: English, Arabic
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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 5 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Capstone Introduction

Quentin, Dave, and William introduce learners to the Capstone, discuss options for the project, and provide learners with an overview of the elements necessary for completion. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 12 min), 6 readings
Video3 videos
A Message of Thanks from Quentin, Dave, and William2m
William Delivers the Effective Communication Pitch6m
Reading6 readings
Introduction to the Capstone7m
Accepting the Challenge Capstone5m
Embarking on the Clarity Guitars Capstone (Business Case Included Here)7m
For Clarity Guitars: Growth in the Global Market5m
Quentin's Final Coursera Pitch Memo Revealed7m
Dave's Final Slides Designed5m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Writing the Memo

Compose a highly polished draft of your memo. You'll review the key lessons from Business Writing so that you have a fresh reminder of the principles and techniques that drive all great writing. Then, you'll receive peer feedback (and a grade!) in preparation to create the visual elements and speech that will comprise your final project....
Reading
5 videos (Total 15 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Excavating Quentin's Scaffold in the Pitch Memo3m
Optional Review: Be The Windowpane3m
Optional Review: Waste No Time2m
Optional Review: The 10 Principles of Good Writing Revisited and Explained (The Business Writing Conclusion)4m
Reading4 readings
The Memo Assignment10m
Optional Review: The Scaffold3m
Optional Review: The List of the 10 Principles of Good Business Writing3m
Optional Review: Self-Revision Checklist3m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Designing the Slides

Design presentation slides which will illustrate key points from your memo. We'll review a few lectures from the graphic design course and work to make your slides functional and visually attractive. The final slides will be used in your capstone presentation. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 22 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Designing the Coursera Pitch Slides11m
Optional Review: Unexpected Places Yield Unexpected Results4m
Optional Review: Introducing the Grid4m
Reading6 readings
The Design Assignment10m
Brainstorming a Design Style5m
A Sample Written Description of a Design Strategy5m
Using Templates10m
Aim for the Rectangle Outside the Box10m
5 Best Practices of Good Presentation Design5m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Creating the Presentation

Create a draft of your final presentation. You'll draw on the work you've done writing your memo and designing your slides. As in the previous modules, you can review some of the videos and documents from the previous MOOC, "Successful Presentation," and you're work here will lay the foundation for your final revision....
Reading
5 videos (Total 18 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Optional Review: The Paradox of Public Speaking3m
Optional Review: The Basic Formula5m
Optional Review: The Central Importance of the Introduction1m
Optional Review: Dynamic vs. Static (Getting into your Brand)6m
Reading3 readings
The Presentation Assignment10m
Optional Review: Kuskin's Top Ten Best Practices5m
Optional Review: The Formula5m
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By SMay 22nd 2018

thanks to my all teachers .This course is very important.

By JAMay 19th 2018

Highly recommend this course to top off the learning

Instructors

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Dr. Quentin McAndrew

Instructor
Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder
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David Underwood

Design and Media Teaching Consultant
PhET Interactive Simulations, Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder
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Professor William Kuskin

Professor
Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

About the Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation Specialization

Over seventy companies and tens of thousands of students worldwide have used Effective Communication to deliver ideas powerfully in the workplace. By taking Business Writing, Graphic Design, and Successful Presentation, you’ll hone your written, visual, and verbal business presentation skills. You'll learn to write well-organized, clear business documents; to design elegant presentation slides, reports, and posters; and to present and speak with confidence and power. In the final Capstone Project, you'll develop a portfolio of work—including a memo, a slide deck, and a presentation—to showcase your communication skills and represent your personal brand. The Effective Communication Specialization takes you on a journey of self realization. You’ll learn that excellence in communication involves the ability to express who you are—your best self—in everything you do. What our students say: "A life-changing specialization." "Simple yet powerful rules." "Essential for everyone."...
Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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