Research Presentation Rubric

  Excellent Competent Needs Work
Knowledge/ understanding 20% of presentation grade

□ The presenter demonstrates a depth of understanding by using relevant and accurate details to support the central thesis.
□ Research is thorough and goes beyond what was presented in class or in the assigned texts.

□ The presenter uses knowledge that is generally accurate, with only minor inaccuracies, and that is generally relevant to the student's thesis.
□ Research is adequate, but does not go much beyond what was presented in class or the assigned text.
□ The presentation uses little relevant or accurate information, not even that which was presented in class or in the assigned texts. Little or no research is apparent.
□ Does not seem to understand the material covered, copious errors.

Thinking/ inquiry 30% of presentation grade

□ Presentation is centered around a thesis, which shows a highly developed awareness of the importance and relevance of key points.
□ The presentation displays a high level of conceptual ability.

□ The presentation shows an analytical structure and a central thesis, but the analysis is not always fully developed or linked to the thesis. The presentation show no analytical structure and no central thesis.
Disorganized and hard to follow.
Communication 20% of presentation grade

□ The presentation is imaginative and effective in conveying ideas to the audience.
□ The presenter responds effectively to audience reactions and questions.
□ It is clear that the speaker has prepared in advance and presents material without needing to read off of notes or slides.
□ Few or no misspellings or language usage problems.

□ Presentation techniques used are effective in conveying main ideas, but they are a bit unimaginative.
□ Some questions from the audience remain unanswered, or answers are somewhat vague.
□ Several misspellings and noticable language usage problems.

□ The presentation fails to capture the interest of the audience and/or is confusing in what is to be communicated.
□ Reads directly off of powerpoint or script without feeling.
□ Unrehearsed and uncomfortable with information being presented.
□ Frequent spelling and usage problems.

Use of visual aids 20% of presentation grade

□ The presentation includes appropriate and easily understood visual aids, which the presenter refers to and explains at appropriate moments in the presentation.
□ Well laid out and aethetically pleasing presentation.
□ High quality images that were well placed, relevant, and effective in intensifying and exemplifying key points.

□ The presentation includes appropriate visual aids, but these are too few, are in a format that makes them difficult to use or understand, or the presenter does not refer to or explain them in the presentation.
□ Layout seemed somewhat disjointed, but the images used were appropriate.

□ The presentation includes no visual aids or includes visual aids that are inappropriate or too small or messy to be understood.
□ The presenter makes no mention of them in the presentation.
□ Images used are too low resolution or were resized to awkward proportions.

Presentation skills 10% of presentation grade □ The presenter speaks clearly and loudly enough to be heard, using eye contact, a lively tone, gestures, and body language to engage the audience. □ The presenter speaks clearly and loudly enough to be heard, but tends to drone or fails to use eye contact, gestures, and body language consistently or effectively at times.

□ The presenter could not be heard, or speaks so unclearly that she/he cannot be understood.
□ There is no attempt to engage the audience through eye contact, gestures, or body language.
□ Routinely mispronounces and stumbles over key terms and names.