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Oral Presentation “one-pagers”

As we turn the corner on the Winter semester, many faculty members may start thinking about end-of-the-semester presentations, developing different ways that students can present final research papers, posters, or other course projects.  If these plans include (or could include) oral presentations, some of the following materials may prove useful.

As mentioned in previous blog posts, my work as a Hub affiliate sought to provide ways of encouraging and enhancing oral presentations on campus.  The following “presentation one-pagers” (or “Hub Pops”) emerged from discussions and feedback with others about creating some simple tools that might be helpful to both faculty and students. 

Each one-pager breaks down an idea or concept that is important to the overall process of creating and delivering oral presentations, and tries to make the process both accessible and manageable.  Each “Hub pop” also contains links to other materials, typically in both written and video format.

There are thirteen different documents. Each document provides reminders and tips for specific areas, with some unavoidable overlap between different areas.  There is no necessary order as each “Hub Pop” is intended to stand alone. That said, the Strategy Report and Planning Worksheet or Cicero’s Checklist (uses Cicero’s five canons of rhetoric to frame the process.  This is also how they are organized below) may be good places to start.

If you or your students have any questions on what is here or feedback on how to make them more useful, please don’t hesitate to be in touch.  These are still a work in progress, both in terms of amending what is here and adding resources on other topics depending on faculty and student interest. Also remember, if your class has specific needs that aren’t addressed here, I’m happy to work with you or your students in whatever way I can.

In addition to accessing them in electronic form below, feel free to also print these out and put them in student’s hands (that’s why they are one page!). . . sometimes if a student is having difficulty or feeling intimidated by the oral presentation, a tangible and accessible set of tips away from the screen just might ease the pain a bit!

Invention – are you generating ideas, thinking about your approach?

Strategy Report and Planning Worksheet

The Rhetorical Triangle

Audience Analysis

Arrangement – have the ideas but struggling with how to put it all together?

Outlining

Attention-getters

Signposting and Organization

Speech Organization

Delivery – just dreading the delivery?

Speech Anxiety

Delivery Skills

Citing Sources Orally

Online Presentations

Style – what tone or style may help you meet your objectives?

Audience Analysis

The Rhetorical Triangle

Memory – you don’t have to memorize to remember!

Outlining

Speech Organization

Signposting and Organization

Bonus – some things to consider in grading student presentations?

Faculty Rubric (based on student checklist above)

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