7. Fortnightly student presentations
Student presentations are one way of encouraging student participation and peer-based learning in an online subject.
For tutorial-sized classes, having a regular, fortnightly webinar session where individuals or teams provide short online presentations can be a good way to support student engagement online. Consideration should be given to how students will be provided with feedback on their presentations.
To support students in different time zones or experiencing latency or bandwidth issues, or for large classes, we recommend providing an asynchronous option, such as creating a pre-recorded presentation and uploading it to a discussion board.
How to implement this in your subject
Step one: prepare instructions for students
This could include requirements for the presentation:
- How many minutes for the presentation? And for questions? This may depend on the stage students are at in their studies.
- Can they include slides or multimedia? Do they need to provide references?
- Do they need to include activities? For example, ask them to devise some open-ended questions to ask other students during or after the presentation
- Individual or team presentation? How will they receive feedback? Will they provide peer feedback?
- If the presentation is assessed, what are the assessment criteria? Provide a link to the rubric.
Also include student-facing information on how to:
- Download, access and join meetings in Zoom
- Submit a request for support with Zoom
- Use Universal Capture to create pre-recorded presentations.
Step two: schedule your webinar sessions
For whole of cohort sessions:
- Follow the guide on how to schedule a Zoom session through Canvas.
For multiple tutorial group sessions:
- Follow this guide on how to schedule meetings in Zoom.
- If tutors or presenters will facilitate the session, ensure you don’t use your Personal Meeting Room, and assign them as alternative hosts.
- Add the link and to the Canvas Calendar. Include student-facing information on how to download, access and join Zoom meetings, and how to submit a support request for support with Zoom.
Step three: provide topics and dates and ask individuals or groups to select one
You can do this by creating a table with topics and dates in an editable platform and asking students to sign up for a topic. For example:
- Create a Canvas Page that students can edit. Under Options ‘Can edit this page role selection’, select, ‘Instructors and students’. You can do this for the whole cohort or within tutorial groups. Note: There is a risk that students may accidently delete another student’s entry. However, you are able to view and restore the page history.
- Use Canvas Calendar to create ‘appointment groups’ for students to choose a topic.
Step four (optional): create discussion boards for lead-up to the presentation
One option is to have students or groups moderate a discussion board thread on their topic prior to the presentation. This enables students to integrate questions and comments from the discussion boards into their presentation. You can add the link to these discussions to the calendar invitation.
Step five: set up feedback mechanisms
Consider the ways you want students to provide and receive feedback. Do you want them to record feedback during the presentation or afterwards? For peer feedback you could:
- Ask students to post questions in Zoom chat or use the raise hand tool at the end of the presentation
- Create a Canvas survey for each presentation and share the link
- If using a discussion board (Step 4), ask students to use this to provide feedback following the presentation
- If familiar with Qualtrics: Create and share a Qualtrics survey link for each presentation
- Assign students to peer review presentations using Canvas Peer Review. If you are familiar with FeedbackFruits you could use this instead.
Step six: host the webinar and support presenters
Prior to the start time, log in to the Zoom room to ensure it as working as expected. If possible, also arrange to meet the presenter/s prior to the webinar start time to ensure that the technology is working for them. Facilitate questions, Canvas chat and break-out rooms as needed. At the end of the presentation or webinar, distribute links to your feedback mechanisms to the class.
Step seven: review and deliver feedback
Following the webinar, prepare feedback from you and/or the class. Review peer feedback before sending to student teams to address any inappropriate or misleading comments. Distribute feedback and grades, if applicable, to the presenters.
Support and resources
You can use this guide to implement the 2020 category two Learning and Teaching Initiatives.