CRITERIA FOR THE EVALUATION OF ORAL PRESENTATIONS
- Accuracy and originality of facts and evidence presented
- Adequacy and persuasiveness of presentation relative to topics covered
- Use of appropriate range and quantity of sources, clear identification of sources
- Clarity and memorability of key points
- Connections between facts and theories, critical evaluation of evidence
- Consideration of alternative viewpoints
- Orderliness, clear citation of sources
- Purposefulness, clear identification of topics to be addressed
- Smoothness of speech flow
- Engagement and attitude (holding audience’s attention)
- Spontaneity (sparing use of notes, with no reading aloud)
- Facilitation of discussion (posing of questions to audience)
- Responsiveness to audience’s questions
- Eye contact with audience, facial expressiveness
- Fluency (complete sentences, with no filled pauses (uh, like, well, okay?)
- Hand and arm gestures, body movement, with no fidgeting
- Use of visual aids (chalkboard, computer graphics, etc.)
- Voice control (pitch, loudness, speed, clear enunciation)
- Insight: What new thing did you learn about the topic covered?
- Strengths: What were the 2-3 best things about this presentation?
- Weaknesses: What were the 2-3 things most in need of improvement?