Posted: September 21st, 2015
Video Presentation and Peer Review
Description of Assessment Criteria
2106AFE Company Law
This document provides information on how you will be assessed in the Video Presentation and Peer Review assessment item. It describes the criteria that are listed in the Rubric for this assessment, and should be read in conjunction with the Rubric.
? The introduction should be around 30 seconds and cover:
o Who you are;
o What your topic is – remember one key area to be covered in your presentation.
o A hook or tag – a statement or a question at the beginning of your pitch which grabs the listener’s attention. Use some creativity here!
Knowledge of Content
? Select one journal article from “List of Journal Articles for Video Presentations” – nothing that you must select a journal article from the week your presentation is due.
? Prepare a 3 minute presentation on the content of your selected article.
? Gather other relevant information on the topic of your article from your textbook and other sources of reading.
? What you include in your 3 minute presentation is entirely up to you. However, your presentation must relate to the selected article in some way, for example by summarising the key points of the article. Try to tell a ‘story’ about your article. What is the article about? Why is it important to the weekly topic? What is the background to the topic? If the article provides a critique of an area of law, do you agree? Do others agree?
? You will need to do some extra reading on your topic. The more you know about the topic, the easier it will be to discuss the article.
? Your knowledge of the content will be reflected in part by your reliance on notes during the presentation. However, notes should be kept to a bare minimum (preferably they should not be used at all).
Organisation of Presentation
? Make sure your presentation includes key points and is structured in a way that is easy for your audience to follow.
? A good presentation should aim to have a clear beginning, middle and end. Your introduction is marked against the “Introduction” criterion, and the end against the “Conclusion” criterion. However, the middle of your presentation should also be structured logically and clearly.
? There are the 4 P’s of voice – preparation, projection, pitch and pronunciation.
? Voice all starts with the preparation. Athletes prepare for events by doing a number of stretching exercises. The same philosophy applies to voice. Exercise your lips before your presentation (motor boat, laugh, yawn, sing).
? Projection means your voice needs to carry to your listener. However, it is also important not to shout out your presentation.
? Articulate clearly. Make sure that you pronounce all words as clearly as possible so that your presentation can be heard and understood.
? You should also manage the pitch of your voice. Pitch relates to how high or low the sound of your voice is. An ultra squeaky voice is annoying whilst a low voice like Barry White (for those who don’t know Barry White, google him) is difficult to understand. You should also vary the pitch so that you can emphasise key points when needed.
? Pace relates to the speed and timing of your delivery.
? The speed of delivery can affect the listener’s understanding of your presentation. Speak too quickly and you lose the listener because they cannot understand what you are saying. Speak too slowly and you bore the listener to death.
? You must also stick to the time limit of 3 minutes. This requires practise. Your presentation should not be too long, or too short.
Contact with Audience
? Poise and body language involves your posture and confidence when delivering the presentation. Good posture involves:
o Keeping your head up;
o Leaning forward for emphasis; and
o Avoiding swaying and shuffling
? Eye contact connects you with the listener. Because you are on camera, this may be difficult. To maintain eye contact in a video presentation, remember that you need to look straight at the camera – imagine the eye of the listener as the lens of the video camera. Avoid reading over the top of the camera at visual cues.
? Techniques which will engage the listener include:
o Being natural and having variety in the delivery of your presentation (pace, emphasis, body language) but not having repetitive hand gestures.
o Avoiding distracting mannerisms (eg twirling or scratching the hair, pecking at facial growth, hands in pockets).
o Showing animation in your facial expression.
o Demonstrating an interest in your topic. You have three minutes to make a positive impression.
o Not using terminology that is too complex or too basic as the listener will be turned off by your presentation. If a complex concept is central to your presentation, then define and describe it in simple terms.
? A clear and concise summary of what you have covered in your presentation;
? Have a take away message – you should aim to link the introduction and body of your presentation together and re-emphasise your key point.
? Refer to the Peer Review template in your L@G folder for information on this criterion.
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