The Test of Oral Communication Skills II (TOCS2) is an assessment package designed to measure undergraduate general education competence in human communication (100-item cognitive test) and willingness and confidence to engage in oral communication (11-item Attitudes Toward Communications; ATC; Ball, Jurich & Anderson, 2014). The test was written to align with the National Communication Association (NCA) standards (1998). The ATC items measure affective components of communication thought to influence student deployment of communication competencies: willingness and confidence. We believe that inclusion of these affective measures are an important supplement to the assessment of cognitive and communication competencies.
The TOCS-2 was designed to evaluate student learning in four general education objectives related to oral communication competence. The objectives, listed below, align with NCA (1998) objectives. In addition, 11 Likert-type items assess student attitudes toward communication (i.e., willingness and confidence; ATC; Ball et al, 2014).
- Objective 1: Explain the fundamental processes that significantly influence communication.
- Objective 2: Construct messages consistent with the diversity of communication purpose, audience, context, and ethics.
- Objective 3: Respond to messages consistent with the diversity of communication purpose, audience, context, and ethics.
- Objective 4: Utilize digital literacy skills expected of ethical communicators.
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