Abstract: PUBLIC SPEAKING: THE EVOLVING ART, 2ND EDITION/ENHANCED is a fully integrated book and technology program that matches the expectations of today's students while preserving the well-respected traditions of public speaking instruction. This program teaches the fundamental goals of public speaking while exploring the contexts and media that inform public speaking today.
Blackboard's e-learning system dominates the online learning software market. In this essay I critically examine the structure of Blackboard's two online learning delivery systems, Blackboard 8.0 and Blackboard CE6. I identify ways in which the platforms both constrain and facilitate instructor-student and student-student interaction. I addition, I delineate features that sustain and challenge traditional power relationships in the classroom. I conclude with implications for online pedagogy and practical applications for instructors and students.