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Presentation:  The presentation is intended to share the HIGHLIGHTS of your project with your classmates.  It should present these highlights clearly in summary form on PowerPoint slides.  In the onsite section, you will have a brief 5-10 time allowance to present your research to the class and to respond to questions.  In the online section, you will be asked to post your slides on Blackboard, as well as to view and respond to your classmates’ slides.
Following is a breakdown of how the presentation is assessed; note that the values are approximate:
·  Content:  60%  (70% for online section)  This includes the same elements as listed for the paper. Attention in preparing the presentation should be given to presenting the essential and substantial content in an informative way, without including either too much or too little detail. Note that merely pasting sections from your paper or large “chunks” of text is not appropriate. It is not acceptable to use the “Notes” area for presenting information. All content must be on the slides themselves. It is not necessary to include a voice or audio component for your presentation.
·  Clarity/quality of slides/organization:  20%  (30% for online section)  This includes not only clarity of information, but also lack of grammatical or spelling errors, as well as clear organization. Slides should be attractive and appropriately formatted (e.g., the viewer should be able to see the content clearly and it should not bleed off the slide area), but they do not need to be over-the-top “glitzy.”
·  Manner of presentation (preparation/preparedness, personal demeanor, effective communication with members of the class, etc.):  20%  This includes not merely reading your slides, but using them mainly as an outline of what you explain extemporaneously to the class.  
·  Note that not being prepared to present on the date scheduled results in forfeiture of credit for the presentation component.  
Some hints for good presentations:  PROFESSIONAL DEMEANOR is important.  Act like the expert, as if you are giving a professional lecture to your professional peers.  How would you carry yourself if you were giving a presentation at your company where you work?  (Hint:  You would not slouch or mumble.  You would SPEAK CLEARLY, so that everyone can hear and understand you.  You would not race through what you have to say, but would speak at a moderate pace, neither too fast nor too slow.)
TEACH your subject matter.  You have done research on your topic.  The whole idea here is to share the knowledge you have gained.  If you learned things you never knew before, remember that your classmates did not know them either!  Make your points clear, straightforward, and easy to understand.  And make sure you EXPLAIN them.  When you use a new and unfamiliar term, you need to stop and explain what it means!  Otherwise, the class will not be able to follow what you are saying.  (This is important, as well, when writing your papers.)  You also need to pronounce that word correctly.  Part of preparing your presentation is doing research on the terms you have encountered and looking up how to pronounce them.  If you mis-pronounce words, that tells me that you are not very familiar with them and that you have not prepared thoroughly for your presentation in advance.  Make sure you explain each of your points as you go along – take your time to do a good job with this; otherwise, you will “lose” your audience.  Do not rush through it or speak too quickly.  Do not read your slides!!!  And do not limit your presentation to only what is on your slides.  The slides should be an outline only, for material you share verbally in much greater substance.  Be prepared to answer questions!  You might think about possible questions you might be asked, in advance.  And if you are asked a question, do not respond with, “I don’t know the answer to that but I covered it in my paper”!!!  The whole point here is for you to share the important content of your paper with the class.  You should know your material in your paper so well that you can comfortably speak about anything in it.
RST 3100 Presentation Rubric






Meets minimum expectations





Content (60%)

(70% WB)

Content is excellent, includes all required research components as appropriate in outline form for a presentation.
Outstanding synthesis of the material, including analysis of justice implications.
Clear, meaningful connections to Franciscan values.

Content is adequate, includes most of the required research components.
Adequate synthesis of the material and analysis of justice implications.
Some reflection on Franciscan values.

Content is minimally effective, does not include all required components.
Weak synthesis of the material; superficial analysis of justice implications.
Weak connection to Franciscan values.

Content is ineffective, does not include required components, or does so extremely superficially.
Lacks minimal level of synthesis of the material or of analysis of justice implications.
Connection to Franciscan values is missing, minimal, superficial, or inaccurate.



Organization (20%)

(30% WB)

Organization is excellent; ideas are arranged logically and the transitions are smooth. Information is clearly presented and level of detail is appropriate for a presentation. There are no grammar or spelling errors. Slides are clear, attractive, and readable. An appropriate number of slides for the subject matter is used. All assignment instructions were followed.

Organization is acceptable; ideas are usually arranged logically and transitions are usually smooth. Information is mostly clearly presented and level of detail is mostly appropriate for a presentation. Grammar and spelling are mostly correct; errors do not interfere with meaning. Slides are formatted fairly effectively.

Organization is minimally effective. There are problems in approach, sequence, support, or transitions. Information may not be clear, or the level of detail is not appropriate for a presentation. Design of slides may interfere with readability or clear understanding. Errors in grammar or spelling are distracting. Large sections of text are copied and pasted from the paper, without extracting the key points as appropriate for a presentation.

Organization does not meet requirements for purpose or audience. Information is unclear and/or level of detail is not appropriate for a presentation. Errors in grammar or spelling interfere with understanding. Design of slides not adequate for conveying clear understanding of material. Text points are sketchy, fail to convey adequate information. Large sections of text are copied and pasted, rather than key points being presented in outline form. Presentation not submitted in required format, does not adhere to assignment instructions.

Presentation Competence


Well prepared
Poised, professional demeanor
Communicated effectively with class
Spoke extemporaneously, clearly, and correctly
Answered questions competently

Sometimes read slides or notes, but also sometimes spoke extemporaneously
Fairly professional demeanor
Somewhat effective communication and speaking skills
Answered some questions

Mostly read slides or notes
Mispronounced words – inadequate preparation of material
Less than fully professional demeanor
OR Could not respond to questions
OR Seriously exceeded time limit

Only merely read slides or notes
Could not respond to content questions
Mispronounced words
Did not look at class or attempt to engage class
Unprofessional demeanor
Not prepared when scheduled to present