Project Presentations

On Tuesday, 12/6, or Thursday, 12/8.

General Directions

The project presentation is intended to provide a high-level overview of your project to an audience of your peers and anyone knowledgeable in CS. CS faculty and anyone interested in CSEd will be invited to see your presentation.

The presentation should demonstrate your ability to communicate the significance and interpret the findings of your research project. The presentation should stand on its own so that it makes sense to someone who has not read any of your other work.

Each group will have a 20-minute slot. 10-15 minutes should be the presentation and the rest of the time is for questions. Everyone in the group should have a turn to present. The presentation is serving as a summative assessment to confirm each of you can comprehensively explain some aspect of your group’s work. If someone cannot make the presentation, we will Zoom them in so they can participate in the Q/A. If that is not possible, they should prepare a recorded video of their part of the presentation. I strongly recommend you practice as a group to get a sense of the timing.

Presentation Content

I recommend starting with the order and content in your report. And then, set aside your report and talk your way through the presentation, reordering slides and points until it more naturally flows when explaining your project to an interested listener. Your presentation should include all of the following, but does not need to be in this order:

  1. Introduction: Motivate why your research question is interesting and introduce your research questions
  2. Related work: This does not need to be as in-depth as your report. It should, at minimum, cover anything that is important to know to understand the rest of your presentation.
  3. Methods and Results: Organize this similarly to how I suggested you organize this section in your report. In addition, remind your audience of research questions as you answer them.
  4. Limitations, discussion, and future work
  5. Summary slide: This is a combination of conclusions and any other information that might be helpful to the audience. This is your last slide. There is no need to have a slide that just says “Questions.” Ending on this slide will help your audience remember your presentation and prompt them with things they may want to ask a question about.

Grading Rubric

The presentation will be graded as the following pieces, each with our usual four-step rubric scale as follows.

Presentation slides (10 points)

  • Exemplary (10 points) – The slides have all of the sections, are well organized, and are reasonably easy to follow and read.
  • Satisfactory (9 points) – One or two sections are not quite sufficiently filled out OR some of the slides are hard to follow or read.
  • Not yet (6 points) – More than 2 sections are missing, the slides are disorganized, and the presentation was hard to follow.
  • Unassessable (2 points) – The presentation exists, but it is severely lacking.

Presentation by each person (10 points)

  • Exemplary (10 points) – The presenter presented at least one section, clearly showed a mastery of the material they presented, and they were reasonably understandable in their explanation.
  • Satisfactory (9 points) – The presenter equally contributed to the slide deck and did everything in their power to present either in person, remotely, or via video, but life got in the way. OR the presenter presented their section with a little lack of mastery, mainly evident by having trouble answering a question.
  • Not yet (6 points) – The presenter equally contributed to the slide deck but clearly did not practice the slides, evidenced by substantial pauses, stumbling over points, or saying incorrect information.
  • Unassessable (2 points) – The presenter helped create a slide in the deck but otherwise did not contribute.

All members of a team may not necessarily receive the same grade.

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