English 362: Foundations of Technical Writing
Hybrid Course Lessons

Module 14: Giving Presentations

Module Contents:
    Textbook Readings
    Supplementary Readings
    Discussion
    Assignments
    Peer Review
    Checklist
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This module covers the following topics:

  • Tips for giving great presentations.
  • Using audio-visual software to present complex material.
  • We will workshop the first group of presentations this week. Everyone provides feedback in class and to at least 3 online presentations each week.

Textbook Readings

None this week.

Supplementary Readings

None this week.

This Week's Discussion

This week's Blackboard discussion leaders: Everyone participates in discussions this week!

Topics to include in this week's Blackboard discussion:

  • Tips for giving great presentations.
  • Using audio-visual software to present complex material.
  • We will workshop the first presentations this week. Everyone provides feedback to 3-4 presentations posted online each week.

Start the conversations by noon on Monday. Get involved right away, but feel free to continue dropping in to read and respond to new posts throughout the week. Everyone is required to participate in these discussions by posting useful responses to the student leaders' prompts, or at least in response to other comments in the discussion forum. Your participation level - even when not leading discussions - strongly affects your semester grade, so get fully engaged every week!

As we workshop student presentations, share your tips, recommendations, things to avoid, and so on. You need to get involved in the presentation workshop as part of your participation grade.

Assignments

If you're getting your Presentation workshopped online this week, by Monday noon if possible, by noon Wednesday if you can, but by Friday morning at the latest to count for turning it in this week. Sooner is better, so we can work smoothly all week rather than do it all at once during the last few days of the week. If you aren't providing a video- or audio-based presentation to be workshopped by the class, also provide a clear set of presentation notes.

I hope to schedule about three in-class presentations - those of you who volunteered to give a live presentation, make sure to practice giving it and doing a solid Q&A in about 20 minutes! We'll want to have a little time to do live workshopping, as well. So if you're scheduled this week, be sure to show up a little early and get the projector ready to rock at the start of class.

This week's live presenters will be listed in the Weekly section of the syllabus.


Due next week: Second batch of Presentations.

Final project due during Finals Week.


After completing each assignment, make sure to back it up (I recommend using a low-cost USB flash device like this or a Web service like Dropbox) before you workshop it. Even if you are late creating a project, you can often avoid getting zero points for that assignment by completing it and turning it in to Blackboard late.

Upload your presentation (or link to it) to Blackboard under the appropriate Blackboard assignment slot ("Presentation") by Sunday at 5:00pm if you wish to make revisions based on feedback from the workshop (and for it to count as turned in this week). Please don't turn in projects via email unless requested.

Peer Review

Required: Workshop the first presentations. Everyone provides live feedback in class, plus online to at least three or more presentations this week, though you can provide more if you wish. Try to mix it up, so everyone gets at least a few critiques. As we workshop student presentations, share your tips, recommendations, things to avoid, and so on.

Looking forward to seeing what you have to offer in your presentation and in your critiques!

Checklist

  • Participate in this week's Blackboard forum discussion starting on Monday.
  • Participate in this week's presentation workshopping all week.
  • If we're workshopping your Presentation this week, post it (or a link to it) by Monday noon if possible, by noon Wednesday if you can, but by Friday morning at the latest to count for turning it in this week.
  • This week's presenters, turn in your revised Presentation (or a link to it) to Blackboard by Sunday at 5:00pm.
  • Turn in your response to what you learned observing and participating in this Module's live and online presentations (and share the parts of it you feel comfortable sharing in this week's Discussion Board!). If you'd like to earn the bonus credit (up to +1 bonus), turn in your responses to the in-class and online discussions, presentations, and any possible supplemental readings by Sunday at 5:00pm.

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Last updated 10/24/2015.