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Rubric for Presentation Slides

Page history last edited by mindyhinckley@msn.com 14 years, 10 months ago

Before commenting on or contributing to this rubric. You should take a look at the presentation guide created by last semester's students.  Pay particular attention to the link "Death by PowerPoint".






Clear Communication

Each slide communicates a single idea and the entire presentation is coherent.  

Individual slides try to communicate too many ideas at once.

The slide is confusing and fails to communicate a message.

Visual Appeal

The slide uses (an) eyecatching image(s) and color scheme that strongly reinforce the message.

 The image(s) and color scheme  used are not eyecatching and/or fail to reinforce the message.

The slide makes no attempt to use images or colors.


The presentation is clear of any distractions such as too many fonts, an overload of images, distracting animations or slide transitions.

Few distracting elements are included. The presentation is hard to follow because of the over abundance of animations, fonts, slide transitions, and/or images.

Fair Use

The ideas and images used are used with permission and given proper attribution either on the page or on a credits page. The images used are used with permission, but the citations are incomplete. The images used are not used with permission or are not cited.


Comments (17)

mr. ross said

at 2:01 am on Jan 6, 2009

For a simple start I thought that it might be useful to center the Characteristics (Stellar, Adequate, etc.). I think that if they are centered then it helps separate the columns more. I didn't want to tweak too much. Kinda intimidating being the first to comment.

Sharee Compton said

at 2:45 am on Jan 6, 2009

I think that part of the 'Visual Appeal' should include the font and color scheme used in the presentation. Having a crazy font or color scheme can be distracting or enriching to the presentation. Also either a row or perhaps added under 'Clear Communication' should probably be something about the organization of the individual slides and the general presentation. Such as, is there a main point followed by supporting sub-points? Or is the slide full of facts that seem useless because of the lack of organization?

Olivia Seger said

at 11:48 am on Jan 6, 2009

I agree that the "Visual Appeal" row should include more about the font and color scheme as viola4fun mentioned. I also think that it might be important to mention that excessive animations, slide transitions, or sound effects can be distracting as well. Otherwise, I think that the rubric looks good.

Jenifer Hoggan said

at 11:33 pm on Jan 6, 2009

I very much agree with the presentation because I often feel the powerpoint overkill in my classes - I think science is one of the easiest subjects to fall into that trap. Very good pointers that I will remember. I like the previously made suggestions and feel that once the first (top left) square is taken care of that the rest of the presentation will follow.

Kalister Wynn said

at 12:55 am on Jan 8, 2009

I agree with the presentation rubric for many reasons. I like how the use of images is included because often times preofessors will only use words to try an catch student's attention- it just doesn't work! I feel that if there is a balance among all the aspects of a powerpoint presentation, it will be great!

Hammari said

at 9:42 pm on Jan 8, 2009

Everybody's comments on improving the the rubric have been great. The previous suggestions have will do a great job at improving the rubric. Presentations should have as few distractions as possible. The most important thing to remember in giving a presentation is that the presenter is teaching not the power point. So a visual aid that it distracting can be just as bad as a student that is being disruptive. The color, image, and animation comments should definitely be included in the rubric. Another thing that could be included in the clear communication portion is that the presentation shouldn't include too much information. Sometimes a presenter will put everything they have to say on a slide. This is too distracting since those listening to the presentation can read everything or feel obligated to write it all down; missing what the presenter might say. It needs to be coherent but at the same time concise.

McKenzie Borup said

at 12:51 am on Jan 9, 2009

The "Death by Powerpoint" Presentation really hit home. As a student I see this all the time, teachers will try and put to much information on each slide. It overwhelms the student. I also thought the point about having passion was very true. When a teacher is presenting and they aren't even excited to be there, you just tone out. You don't even want to learn. I can learn alot from this and not make these same mistakes.

Kimberly McCollum said

at 9:37 am on Jan 9, 2009

I appreciate all of your comments and encourage you (and especially those of you yet to comment) to go ahead and make your suggested changes by editing the wiki. In a wiki, the administrator can track each change in the wiki and who made it (I hope you all can see the benefits for teachers in this feature), so you needn't fear not getting credit for your contributions. This rubric is how you will be held accountable, so make sure that you are comfortable with it.

Perhaps one of the students who hasn't commented yet could add a tab about distractions such a animations/transitions/bad color schemes. I also want to echo the comments on the importance of the top left square. Too often, teachers and presenters try to communicate too much on a single slide and the message gets lost. Slides are free--it' OK to use lots of them.

Christen Allen said

at 1:08 am on Jan 12, 2009

The "Death by Powerpoint" presentation was intelligent, funny, and extremely helpful. I am so glad that the creator discounted the rather worthless "7 words, 7 lines" theory. I am also glad, Kimberly, that you encourage us to use plenty of slides since I am of that persuasion myself.

I changed the heading sizes for the rubric because I initially had some trouble picking out the grading system and the characteristics from the rest of the rubric. This is a very well-planned rubric and I completely support the grading system and the qualities for each category.

Eric Pratt said

at 1:29 am on Jan 12, 2009

I'm glad Christen changed the headings so that they are more easily separated from the criteria listed below. I'm not a big fan of the colored headings, as it may be seen as a distraction, and suggest that, perhaps, underlining the heading would suffice to show their place as headings. I'll let future editors decide. :)

The criteria, however, seem great! I like the tip to properly use white space so that presentations are well-balanced and appear professional.

Kimberly McCollum said

at 11:49 am on Jan 12, 2009

@ Eric -- I recommend against underlining headings on a web-based document (though I have no objection against them in other formats). Hyperlinks tend to be underlined by default, so underlining things that aren't hyperlinks confuses web page users.

Eric Pratt said

at 5:45 pm on Jan 12, 2009

That's very true -- I didn't think about the web-based form of this document. Thanks!

mindyhinckley@msn.com said

at 11:35 pm on Jan 12, 2009

I think the rubric looks great. Rummari hit the nail on the head: when a teacher has too much information on power point, students are so busy capturing everything that 'teaching' is lost....lectures become a time to simply take notes. The only suggestion I would add is to add a conclusion if applicable. Conclusions allow students to determine if they understood the major points of lecture.

Kimberly McCollum said

at 12:32 pm on Jan 13, 2009

@Mindy I think conclusions are necessary and important parts of presentations, but I caution students to be wary of a single "concluding" slide that crams too much information on a single slide. I am an advocate of "1 idea per slide". When I deliver presentations in classroom settings I prefer thematic concluding slides that capture the "big idea" of the presentation accompanied by a verbal conclusion that reiterates the major supporting points. What do others think?

mindyhinckley@msn.com said

at 3:31 pm on Jan 13, 2009

I think you are correct, that completely makes sense. So would your last slide be similar to the first (the 'theme' or 'title' or just leave out the slide entirely? I am completely open....I am the first to give my presentation so the more advice the better!

Kimberly McCollum said

at 3:22 pm on Jan 14, 2009

@Mindy, I think it depends on my goals with the presentation. For example, with the presentation summarizing Elder Ballard's talk, I simply based my slides on the headings in his talk and left it at that. However, your questions have made me reflect and I believe the presentation probably could have been improved by adding a "concluding slide". In the presentation that I created on Internet Safety, I concluded with a reference to a quote, "We live in a world of technological miracles." because I wanted to communicate a positive message about Internet use. I think my personal preference would be to end presentations with a challenge that requires viewers to apply the information they've learned from the presentation.

Meghan Christensen said

at 5:41 am on Jan 20, 2009

In the way of clear communication, I think it's important to understand that a person's whole presentation doesn't need to be made into a power point--it's sufficient to just put the most basic main ideas in the power point to keep your audience on track with where you're going in your presentation.

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