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Rubric for Assessing Students' Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Scope: Graduate Program, Computer Science Department, School of Computer Science
Assessment Tool: Rubric for Assessing Students' Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

Motivation:

Informal feedback from employers and graduate schools reported that CS graduates had strong technical and intellectual skills but had weak public speaking and presentation skills.

Goal:

Our goal was to ensure that all CS graduates have acquired a sufficient degree of proficiency in oral and visual presentation skills.

Methods/Tools:

The faculty collectively developed a Speaking Review Rubric. The rubric articulates the various skills and competencies that students must develop to pass the public speaking and presentation requirement.

Implementation:

A panel of faculty and students use the Speaking Review Form to assess performance and provide feedback to the students. Students are allowed to repeat the process until they receive a passing grade. To pass, at least two faculty and one student must give an evaluation of "good" or better.

Participants:

All graduate students in the program are required to design and give a presentation of their work to a group of faculty and students.

Impact/Results:

The department will continue to track employer feedback in informal ways to ascertain effectiveness of the tool.

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