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Responding to Oral/Multimedia Presentations

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As with written drafts, each instructor will have a preferred method of responding to oral presentations.

Guidelines for Effective Response to Presentation Drafts

  • As you prepare to respond to oral presentation drafts (or rehearsals), have a clear plan for doing so. You may want to work with your Oral Communication Tutors to set up rehearsal times and ask that the OCTs videotape the rehearsals. Then you and the OCTs can meet with the students to discuss the performance.
  • In discussing a recorded performance, begin by reviewing and elaborating on key strengths and weaknesses of the presentation before reviewing specific portions of the tape for detailed commentary. During this discussion, focus on elements of the students’ argument, on delivery, and on the integration of materials such as slides or other visuals into the presentation. Conclude by focusing on the major elements the student should improve before the final presentation. 
  • Many instructors prefer to provide written response to rehearsals and presentations. Doing so means developing an evaluation form that helps students easily understand and focus on your feedback on key areas (both local and global) relevant to the course and assignment goals. 

For guidance and training in commenting on Oral/Multimedia Presentations, contact the PWR 2 Course Coordinator.

Sample evaluations forms for oral presentations can be found on the PWR Canvas site. For more information about recording presentations, see the PWR2 Tech Guide.