Instructor's Guide

Quizzes, Reflective Questions, and Activities

The following assignment is embedded in the Oral Presentation tutorial:


Relationship to Other iStudy Tutorials

If instructors are planning on using several iStudy tutorials, the Academic Integrity and Source Evaluation tutorials may be useful.


Suggested In-class Methods of Presentation

Optional Lecture

The instructor may want to cover the information from the iStudy tutorial in a traditional lecture format. This information is summarized in the Key Points section listed below.

Group Activity

Place the students into small (3-5 person) groups. Assign each group one of the following topics:

Each group must use the iStudy tutorial as the source of information to gather data for putting together a short oral report on their topic.

Each group member must orally present at least a portion of their group's topic. The instructor may (optionally) use the Suggested Criteria for an Oral Presentation (listed below) as a means of scoring each group.

Individual Activity

Assign each student the task of preparing and delivering a short oral report. The instructor should use the Suggested Criteria for an Oral Presentation (listed below) as a means of scoring each individual.

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Key Points

Types of Presentations

Steps in Preparing a Presentation

Being a Credible Speaker

 Use Humor Effectively

 Controlling Nervousness

Visual Aids in Presentations

Establish a Comfortable Environment

Suggested Criteria for an Excellent Oral Presentation

A downloadable RTF file of this checklist is included in the left sidebar of this page.

  1. Did the speaker make the presentation relevant to the audience?
  2. Was the information presented by the speaker accurate and relevant?
  3. Was the information presented by the speaker to the right level of content?
  4. Was the presentation well organized, and did the ideas flow logically?
  5. Did the speaker's introduction capture the audience's interest?
  6. Did the presenter establish the purpose of the presentation during the introduction?
  7. Did the speaker use evidence and examples to support his or her ideas?
  8. Did the speaker reinforce main ideas during the conclusion of the presentation?
  9. Did the presentation carefully time the presentation so that it "fit" into the time allowed?
  10. Did the presenter establish a comfortable environment? This includes adjusting lights, cleaning of white or chalk boards, and arranging chairs.
  11. Did the presenter show evidence of being prepared by not relying too much on notes to deliver the presentation.
  12. Was the presenter's use of his or her voice natural and effective in maintaining the audience's attention?
  13. Were the presenter's hand and facial gestures natural and effective in maintaining the audience's attention?
  14. Was the presenter able to control nervousness to the point that it did not distract the audience?
  15. Did the speaker establish eye contact with the audience?
  16. Was humor on the part of the presenter effective and not offensive?
  17. Was the presenter's use of visual aids appropriate for the setting?
  18. Did the presenter use visual aids primarily to emphasize key points?
  19. Were visual aids professional looking and were guidelines regarding text size and amount followed?
  20. Did the presenter effectively manage the use of visual aids by paraphrasing information presented on them and displaying them for the correct period of time?

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Oral Presentation Evaluation Matrix



Does Not Meet Expectations

Meets Expectations


How to Improve


Relevance of presentation to the audience

Mixed several irrelevant points together

Points were mostly relevant to the audience

All points were relevant to the audience



Information presented

Used inaccurate irrelevant, or inappropriate level of information that might hinder communication

Used accurate, relevant information

Used varied information, of which all was accurate, relevant, and at the right level of detail



Overall organization of presentation

Used unclear organization to present ideas.

Presented ideas in a somewhat organized manner.


Presented ideas in a polished, well organized manner



Vague introduction. Didn't introduce topic well

Introduced topic with one or two brief sentences

Introduction captured audience interests and established the purpose of the presentation



Lacked facts or used inappropriate facts and examples that didn't support main ideas. No logical sequence of information

Presented with a logical sequence but not presented in a fluent manner

Used evidence and examples to support main ideas in a fluent manner



No conclusion

Vague conclusion

Conclusion reinforced the main ideas in the presentation


Time Management Strategy

Effective use of time

Didn't conclude presentation in assigned time or concluded earlier than the assigned time

Kept to time limit and delivered in the assigned time

Carefully timed so that it "fit" into the time allowed. Spent appropriate amount of time on topics, allowed time for questions, and answered questions effectively



The presenter didn't care about establishing a comfortable environment.

The presenter had little control, but made as many adjustments as possible

The presenter established a comfortable environment



Controlling nervousness

Presenter's nervousness distracted the audience

Presenter's nervousness was apparent only occasionally

The presenter controlled nervousness so that it did not distract the audience



Mastery of the subject

Read from notes most of the time. Searched for words frequently with long periods of silence

Spoke with occasional hesitations without overly relying on notes

The presenter showed evidence of being prepared by not overly relying on notes, and spoke in a fluent and spontaneous way




Could not be understood because of inappropriate rate, volume, or articulation

Could be understood, but the presenters voice did not effectively enhance the presentation

The presenter's use of his or her voice was natural and effectively enhanced the presentation


Non verbal Expression

Did not exhibit poise or used ineffective or distractive hand or facial gestures

Used positive hand and facial gestures

The presenter was poised and hand and facial gestures were natural and effectively enhanced presentation


Eye contact

Established no/indistinct eye contact

Established eye contact with the audience

Established direct, consistent eye contact with the audience


Effective use of humor

No humor was used

No humor was tried or humor was used in an intrusive way

Any humor used in the presentation was effective and not offensive


Visual Aids

Use of visual aids

Included no graphics or pictures or used irrelevant and distracting visual aids

Included graphics and pictures that were relevant to the topic

Used good quality visual aids that were appropriate for the setting


Visual aids design

Included no graphics or pictures or used distracting/ poor looking visual aids

Graphics and pictures were visible to all

Visual aids were professional looking, and followed text size/amount guidelines. Graphics and pictures were attractive, creative and precise so as to enhance the presentation


Effective management of visual aids

Included no graphics or pictures or the use of visual aids was distracting

Used some kind of visual aids to facilitate the presentation

The presenter effectively managed the use of visual aids to enhance the effect of the presentation



Overall impression

Very boring, unpleasant to listen to, very poor presentation

Somewhat interesting. Could make some improvements

Very interesting, pleasant to listen to, very good presentation



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Assessment Criteria

Through observing both the group's and the individual's activity, the instructor may assess student performance. Assessment criteria are as follows (instructors supply the percentage weights):


Assessment Criteria





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By listing and giving examples, the student can identify:

  1. two different types of oral presentation,
  2. three main parts of report
  3. behaviors of a credible speaker, and
  4. elements of a comfortable environment.


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By giving examples and/or reasons why they are important, the student can distinguish:

  1. four methods of delivery, and
  2. six steps of preparing a presentation. 


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Application & Synthesis

The student can make a successful oral presentation under the suggested criteria provided in this tutorial.









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