7.3 Final Presentation Directions

As a capstone to the work you've done this term, you'll present your final argument both as a completed paper (at least 4 pages plus a Works Cited page) and in another method. This will allow your viewers/readers to interact with your materials in a visual or auditory manner. You may select any method from the list below to present your research; if there's another means that you're comfortable presenting in, please let me know. I am open to suggestion!

  • Video (either a screencast, a video production, or a short collage)
  • Podcast or short audio piece
  • Photo/image collage or Infographic
  • Narrated slideshow
  • Comic strip or animation

The presentation should take the equivalent of 5 to 7 minutes to view, read, or listen to. I'll grade based on three criteria:

  1. Presentation of argument (60%):
    1. Describe the research question you wanted to answer in pursuing this topic
    2. Describe your claim/thesis (the answer to this question)
    3. Describe one or two major pieces of evidence
    4. Describe any challenges you faced when researching this argument
    5. Describe anything you learned or anything that surprised you during this process.
  2. Creativity/Design (20%):
    1. Chosen method is engaging for viewers
    2. Presentation is clear and thougtful
  3. Formatting (20%)
    1. Presentation is 5-7 minutes in length (or the equivalent in viewing time for collages, i.e., 15-20 images)
    2. Presentation includes your name, class, and a descriptive title (see note at end)
    3. Presentation is posted as directed, meeting all deadlines
    4. Presentation includes something beyond written words

There are a plethora of recommended applications you can use to create this presentation. Here are a few that I have some experience with and can recommend; however, if you've used an application before that's not on this list, please feel free to work with it instead!

  • Videos: Screencast-o-Matic and Jing are both free downloads that would allow you to make a recording of your screen or of yourself if you have a webcam. For example, if you create a PowerPoint slideshow and want to record yourself talking while you flip through the slides, Screencast-O-Matic would work well for this.
  • Audio: Audacity is a free audio recorder download, though it is also very powerful and can take a while to learn. If you have a smartphone, you might also explore apps available for voice recording there, too. 
  • Visuals: VoiceThread is a great resource where you can upload a slide show and record audio over each slide. It also allows viewers to leave comments (in writing or audio).
  • Infographics and Collages: Canva and Piktograph offer easy drag-and-drop Infographic creators. 
  • Cartoons and Animations: Powtoon is a reliably useful animation maker. Pixton allows online comic strip creation. (You can also draw by hand and scan or photograph your work for presentation). 

Deadline: Presentations should be submitted to the Week 10 Presentation Forum by the end of Week 10 (Sunday night at 11:55 p.m.). 

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