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Creative approaches to student presentations

March 14, 2013

In this session, we will explore alternatives to traditional in-class student presentations.

Kathleen Isaac will describe how students in her dance education classes worked in groups to develop inquiry questions that became the basis of class research projects. Each group created a presentation for their project using Prezi, Skitch, or PowerPoint.  Presentations were shared with the class and graded using a peer review process based on a rubric.

Rosanne Silberman will discuss how she redesigned a major assignment required in her course.  Instead of making in-class presentations, students were required to make screen recordings about important web sites in the field of blindness and visual impairments.  Students used a program called Screencast-O-Matic to make the recordings, which were shared with the class.  Students then viewed their peers' recordings before the class session and prepared three questions for each presenter.  During the class session, presenters responded to the questions and discussed their web sites in more depth.  A rubric was used to evaluate the assignment and a survey was conducted at the end of the semester to obtain feedback on this new assignment.