Global Crossroads Experimental College Project (Due in class 4/20, Final Revisions Due in class 4/27)

Presentation Components

The presentation has two components 1) virtual and asynchronous, 2) face-to-face in real time.

1) Virtual / Asynchronous:

Most of the work of the presentation is in creating and selecting resources and putting them into a coherent narrative around your thesis or research question about an experimental college design for the year 2025. The presentation will “speak for itself” to audiences when you are not present and to people you may never meet. The guidelines for this element of the presentation are listed below in Intellectual Requirements and Technical Requirements.

2) Face to face in real time:

On Monday April 27th, we will gather in the forum with other faculty, staff, administrators and students to display your work. At this event you will not give an oral presentation where everyone turns their attention toward you and your work. Instead, your work will be on display, as will the work of other students. You will have opportunities to informally describe your work to others in conversation over light refreshments.

This informal conversation and socializing is a key skill in both academic and professional settings. Many of the most fruitful discoveries, ideas, and “networking” opportunities take shape in settings that are not focused on you and your work per se. Here you will have the opportunity to “pitch” what you have learned and engage others while also genuinely listening to them discuss their work and their ideas.

On April 20th we will rehearse the event in the space with guests from the Center for Digital Liberal Arts. I will provide sample questions and roles that can help you to practice the informal “pitch” around your work.

Intellectual Requirements

  • To persuade or provoke audiences with your experimental college design
  • To illustrate your design in a consistent and compelling manner
  • To inspire further inquiry, discussion, or action
  • To discuss your research informally in a social setting with others who are both familiar and unfamiliar with your topic

Technical Requirements

  • Construct a meaningful and unique title for the project that states a specific thesis or question
  • Decide whether to group your slides and if grouped, provide titles that evocatively describe the group rather than title the group as a type of evidence or section of your proposal
  • How many slides? Minimum of 7. Make it punchy and tight.
  • Include assertions and quotes, images, data visualization, and video. Audio will be heard in the space during the presentations but will be off otherwise. Links only appear as text and therefore may be less useful than quotes.
  • Consider the logic of the order, the overall coherence, and the value added by each slide.
  • Make sure presentation is free of syntax and spelling errors, including character counts. 
Research -Depth and comprehensiveness of research process

-Quality of resource materials

-Variety and balance of resources

-Quality of source

-Accuracy and completeness of metadata/tagging

Ideas -Clarity of the design and its experimental nature

-Originality and feasibility of the design as expressed visually

-Relevance and topicality of resources

Articulation -Formulation of Title

-Formulation of Thesis/Question and Group Titles

-Logic of Assertions

-Logic/Sequence of Groups

Execution -Are all assertions appropriately supported?

-Does the order tell a coherent story?

-Are images fully contextualized?

-Do the images look good on the wall (not stretched, fuzzy, or crunched)?


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