7 reasons NOT to move presentations online
Do you feel like student presentations take up too much class time? Writing for Faculty Focus, Stephanie Smith Budhai suggests that you can Move Student Presentations Online.
It all sounds so simple and it’s really not a bad idea.
Please think about what could happen, though, and address the following ramifications as you consider changing your course.
- Life skills – students in your class will have one less experience presenting live and face-to-face.
- Good will – students may resent your requiring a skill they did not expect to need.
- Familiarity – you may need to evaluate work in a medium where you have no experience.
- Subject matter – students may submit creative work where the content is awful.
- Production value – students may produce videos you can’t hear or see well enough to grade.
- “Me” time – you may be tempted to use freed-up class time for something less student-centered, like more lecture.
- Workload – you may spend hours grading instead of giving immediate feedback.
What were your goals for assigning an in-class presentation? If the face-to-face experience was an important factor, then maybe you just need some ways to reduce the time requirements.
Reducing time spent viewing presentations
- Too many students? Ask pairs or groups to make presentations instead of individuals.
- Students going over time? Restrict the time length by assigning a speed presentation (there’s more here).
- Wasting time setting up? Have students submit ahead of time, then arrive early and load everything before class starts.
- PowerPoint format issues? Ask students to submit a PDF with their PPT; the backup slides won’t show effects or videos, but they also won’t have problems with fonts or layouts.