April 2010 Archives
- Brittany Parker
- Calvin Mason
- Christine Halerz
- Joelle Hill
- Kelsey Weaver
Due on the class period after your oral presentation.
Watch the video of your performance; use it, along with what you learned from your peers, to assess your strengths and to identify strategies for improvement.
Write an informal reflection (about 500 words) that demonstrates what you have learned from the oral presentation assignment.
- Lauren McKee
If you would like to swap with another student, please contact the student directly.
- Sign up by posting your name in a comment, on an "Oral Presentation" page.
- When I confirm your sign-up, I will add a note to the page, indicating who is signed up for each day.
- If you have not signed up for an oral presentation slot by April 21, I will sign you up into one of the remaining open slots.
- You may, if you wish, swap presentation dates with another student; please contact the student directly.
Upload to Turnitin.com.
For this practice speech, what you say is less important than how you say it.
- DO prepare, but DON"T try to memorize, and DON"T read word-for-word from a script.
- DO time your speech so that you don't run over or under.
- Slide shows (such as PowerPoint presentations) can be very useful in the right context. But this assignment does not ask you to create a slide show. (In fact, I am not a big fan of the sins that PowerPoint tends to encourage... see "How NOT to use PowerPoint.")
- Remember that your audience wants you to succeed. In general:
- speak up so the back row can hear you
- make eye contact
- try not to fidget
- know your material well
- be interesting (lists are boring; choose fewer examples, or just a single case study, and go into greater depth)
This assignment applies to your class participation grade. I will give you feedback in the following areas:
- voice: volume, pace, and tone
- non-verbals: eye contact, posture, gestures, etc.
- preparation: timing & apparent comfort level
- content: depth and quality of argument
For a course I used to teach on technical writing, I prepared a handout on oral reports. Many of those points apply to academic reports. I've included some of those key points below.