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 ApprehensionĀ 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. 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.

Importing the Module

The Communication Apprehension module can be easily imported into your FSEM’s Canvas course. This video provides step-by-step instructions and shows you how to import the module. If you have any questions or concerns about importing the module into Canvas, 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.