Communication Apprehension

About the Module

Our research finds that more than one-third of incoming students at UMW experience high levels of communication apprehension—and many more experience elevated apprehension. The Communication Apprehension module teaches students about communication apprehension and outlines some strategies for dealing with apprehension. This module will help students better prepare for class discussion and presentations in your class.

The module includes a TED-Ed video about stage fright, a short reading about communication apprehension, and an online survey that gives students an assessment of how apprehensive they are in different settings. The proper link for the PRCA-24 survey is: (note that you may be prompted to log in with your UMW NetID). There is also a short 10-question quiz for students to complete. The QEP will use the results as part of our assessment of the module—you can decide whether or not to incorporate their quiz grade into your course grade.

Activating the Module

Beginning fall 2015, all currently available QEP modules will come pre-loaded into your FSEM’s Canvas course, and you will have the ability to activate the modules of your choosing. We ask that for assessment purposes, you use at least two modules from each skill area in your course.

To activate this module, go to the Canvas home page for your FSEM and click on “Modules” in the left menu. You should see a list of all available modules (nine in total). On the right-hand side of each module and its content, a small cloud icon indicates whether or not the module and its content have been published. To activate a module, click on its corresponding gray cloud, as well as the cloud for each individual piece of the module, and they will change to a published status. If you have any questions or concerns about activating the modules in Canvas or how the modules will affect your grading, please contact Leah Tams at

We recommend having your students complete the module during the first week. It will not take them very long to complete—probably around 20-25 minutes.