Date of Graduation

Summer 2022


Master of Arts in Communication



Committee Chair

Eric Morris


This study uses quantitative analysis of survey responses to identify and explain individuals’ motivations for or against online Speech & Debate competition. This study used a 51-question survey to generate multiple variables to explore the issue of online participation from a variety of angles including: financial costs, feelings of community, cultural experiences, sub-community, age, familial status, role in the community, feelings of work/life balance, technology, access, and tournament or season structure. This study found that there are few single determinants for online participation, rather all the factors listed above were motivating factors, for various individuals, for various reasons, and at various intensities. However, this study did find that all sub-communities would be best served by a few online competitions each season.


NDT-CEDA, NSDA Campus, Zoom,, speech & debate, online competition, Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Public-Forum Debate

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Methods | Educational Technology | Online and Distance Education | Other Arts and Humanities


© Parker E. Hopkins

Open Access