Individual or Group Presentation

Identify Instructional Needs

There are several options students can use to create a presentation they can submit to Canvas for the purposes of assessment.

NOTE: Unless digital recording and virtual public speaking skills are part of the learning outcomes, it is recommended to assess only the key course outcomes. Keeping the grading and feedback focused on the content rather than the delivery. 

Facilitate Group Communication

Many students may be unfamiliar with conducting group work in a virtual environment. Encourage and facilitate conversations amongst group members about how they will work together and how they can communicate with one another.

Leverage Technology

Access to an adequate device and a stable internet connection are key considerations when determining which option will work for your students. Here are some options:

  • Video recording: Students can record their slide presentation in a Kaltura/Canvas media assignment and submit the link into Canvas.
  • Flip: Flip (formerly Flipgrid) is integrated into Canvas and enables students to record, upload, view, react, and respond to each other’s short videos. You can set up one grid for all students to submit their work to or one grid for each student/group to submit multiple elements.
  • VoiceThread: VoiceThread is integrated into Canvas and is another option for online presentations. 
  • Slides and notes: Students create a PowerPoint or Google Slides file with typed notes for the spoken presentation. This is a good option for students without a microphone or webcam and those who don’t have high-speed internet to upload a large video file. It could also drastically reduce your grading time.
  • Zoom meetings: If you feel the presentation must be live, offer multiple time slots and allow students to sign up for times that work for them.
  • Virtual poster session: If having students share work with each other is essential, create a virtual poster session by creating a Flip. Each student posts their presentation to a specific grid and receives feedback from others. Offer options for peer feedback including text or audio responses. In large courses, create small groups of 4-8 students and ask them to comment only on a subset of the group.

Support Students who Require Accommodations

Consult with the Disability Resource Center if you need assistance thinking through accommodations for your students.