Textbook Testimonials

"Public Speaking in the 21st Century is fresh; definitely distinct from all of the books I've seen ... [and] shows great respect for students and a keen investment in their success."

Dr. Julia Wood, Lineberger Professor of Humanities Emerita, The University of North Carolina

“Honestly, I love that it’s not a traditional textbook.  It's engaging writing rather than boring vocabulary without any examples.  This is the first textbook I actually enjoyed reading.”

Student Testimonial for Public Speaking in the 21st Century

“My favorite thing about the textbook was the way it was written; it was hilarious and I actually looked forward to reading every chapter (unlike most of my other textbooks).  It was insanely interesting and I really did learn a lot.”

Student Testimonial for Public Speaking in the 21st Century

"Gallagher and Waugh’s coverage of Reconstruction and enduring contests over Civil War memory draws on much of the best recent scholarship in these thriving subfields and will encourage students to think beyond Appomattox."

Virginia Magazine, Michael E. Woods, Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

"Thanks to Flip Learning, we have the mobility to use the same text and features whether we are in a traditional face to face classrooms or a hybrid class. This has made it much easier to standardize our course, and to deliver the same course to students no matter which format they are in. The platform also allows individual instructors to use the features that make the most sense for them. In our classes, the quizzes are required, but the chat requirements vary. They are incredibly beneficial when we use them, and can often function as as replacement for in person instruction of the instructor has an emergency that requires their absence"

Elizabeth Nelson, Teaching Assistant Professor & Communications Director at NCSU

"When it comes to my personal interactions with the Flip Learning team, my questions and concerns were immediately taken care of by members of the team very quickly"

Elena Pachita, Ph.D. Student & Public Speaking Instructor

"Our experience with customization has been good. I'm very happy that my students don't have to buy a separate handbook for all of that material. I also love that I can fix and change things between semesters. That wasn't possible with a print manual that we used in the past"

Emily Anzicek, Basic Course Director and Lecturer at BGSU

"Public Speaking in the 21st Century distinguishes itself among existing textbooks through its born digital format, as well as its fresh and riveting content.  Houck celebrates the wells of life experience that each reader brings to the public speaking encounter, fostering connections to them through humor and an array of engaging examples borrowed from history, sports, politics, popular culture, and his own twenty-five years of teaching speech."

Dr. Maegan Parker Brooks, Author of A Voice that Could Stir An Army: Fannie Lou Hamer and the Rhetoric of the Black Freedom Movement

"Public Speaking in the 21st Century is the most innovative textbook on the subject yet and also provides the only interactive teaching platform.  Instructors will appreciate the ready-made textbook with all visuals, exercises, interactive teaching possibilities, and myriad assessment applications at their fingertips."

Amos Kiewe, Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University

“Exciting and more fast paced than the normal classroom”

Dawn Garvey, Secondary Instructor Virginia Beach Public Schools

"Public Speaking in the 21st Century is smart, engaging, irreverent, and funny – abounding with the requisite treatments of traditional public speaking and classical rhetoric, while absolutely electric with pop cultural examples ... I have never accessed classroom material that is this original and animated and fresh; never before have I wanted to 'Facebook quote' lines from a scholarly source!"

Dr. Jason Edward Black, Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Public Discourse, The University of Alabama

"Too many public speaking textbooks are stuck in the sediment of another age; thankfully, Davis Houck entices students to see the most quotidian of arts with new eyes, a vision made more engaging by Houck's incisive, gentle wisdom and spot-on sense of humor, and by Flip Learning's intuitive, engaging, and thoroughly student-centered learning platform."

Dr. Jeffrey Kurtz, Associate Professor of Communication, Denison University

"The animated introductions to philosophers and other material are a technical innovation that is educational as well as entertaining.  The use of this kind of technology is engaging and provides a nice rationale for why an instructor might want to abandon their current textbook and embrace this one."

Dr. Craig Smith, Director of The Center for First Amendment Studies, California State University, Long Beach

“This experience brings printed words to life, and by doing so, actively engages the student.”

Kimberly Robillard, Secondary Instructor Student, Hope College

“This was much more involved than simply reading the book.”

John Rebhan Student, Hope College

“Wow! I think this is an awesome learning experience for my students.”

Anne Brinson Instructor, Penn State University

“I think I comprehended the material a lot more by being able to change it.”

Undergraduate Student Penn State University

“I loved the hands on approach.”