OTC Core Experience: Communicating Logo


Communicating is the development of students’ ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and digital channels using the English language, quantitative, and other symbolic systems. Students should be able to write and speak with thoughtfulness, clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness; read and listen critically; and select channels appropriate to the audience and message.


Written communication is the development and expression of ideas in writing. Written communication involves learning to work in many genres and styles. It can involve working with many different writing technologies, and mixing texts, data, and images. Written communication abilities develop through iterative experiences across the curriculum.


Oral communication is a prepared, purposeful presentation designed to increase knowledge, to foster understanding, or to promote change in the listeners’ attitudes, values, beliefs, or behaviors. Oral communication takes many forms.


After completing the CORE 42, students shall demonstrate the ability to

  • analyze and evaluate their own and others’ speaking and writing.
  • conceive of writing as a recursive process that involves many strategies, including generating material, evaluating sources when used, drafting, revising, and editing.
  • make formal written and oral presentations employing correct diction, syntax, usage, grammar, and mechanics.
  • focus on a purpose (e.g., explaining, problem solving, argument) and vary approaches to writing and speaking based on that purpose.
  • respond to the needs of different venues and audiences and choose words for appropriateness and effect.
  • communicate effectively in groups by listening, reflecting, and responding appropriately and in context.
  • use mathematical and statistical models, standard quantitative symbols, and various graphical tactics to present information with clarity, accuracy, and precision.