Almost all higher education courses these days require students to give a presentation, which can be a beast to grade. But there’s a simple tool to keep your evaluations on track.
Enter: The presentation grading rubric.
With a presentation grading rubric, giving feedback is simple. Rubrics help instructors standardize criteria and provide consistent scoring and feedback for each presenter.
How can presentation grading rubrics be used effectively? Here are 5 ways to make the most of your rubrics.
1. Find a Good Customizable Rubric
There’s practically no limit to how rubrics are used, and there are oodles of presentation rubrics on Pinterest and Google Images. But not all rubrics are created equal.
Professors need to be picky when choosing a presentation rubric for their courses. Rubrics should clearly define the target that students are aiming for and describe performance. If you’re unsure of where to look, you can snag a free copy of our fully customizable presentation grading rubric here.
This presentation rubric can be used in any discipline and is perfect for grading in-class or online presentations, oral presentations, or any other public speaking evaluations. The rubric is built on the National Communication Association standard metrics for feedback and will allow you to customize everything from the description of the graded metrics to the points awarded for each section of the rubric.
2. Fine-Tune Your Rubric
Make sure your rubric accurately reflects the expectations you have for your students. It may be helpful to ask a colleague or peer to review your rubric before putting it to use. After using it for an assignment, you could take notes on the rubric’s efficiency as you grade.
You may need to tweak your rubric to correct common misunderstandings or meet the criteria for a specific assignment. Make adjustments as needed and frequently review your rubric to maximize its effectiveness.How to (Effectively) Use a Presentation Grading Rubric Click To Tweet
3. Discuss the Rubric Beforehand
On her blog Write-Out-Loud, Susan Dugdale advises to not keep rubrics a secret. Rubrics should be openly discussed before a presentation is given. Make sure reviewing your rubric with students is listed on your lesson plan.
Set aside time to discuss the criteria with students ahead of presentation day so they know where to focus their efforts. To help students better understand the rubric, play a clip of a presentation and have students use the rubric to grade the video. Go over what grade students gave the presentation and why, based on the rubric’s standards. Then explain how you would grade the presentation as an instructor. This will help your students internalize the rubric as they prepare for their presentations.
4. Use the Rubric Consistently
Rubrics help maintain fairness in grading. When presentation time arrives, use a consistent set of grading criteria across all speakers to keep grading unbiased.
An effective application for rubrics is to apply a quantitative value to students across a cohort and over multiple presentations. These values show which students made the most progress and where they started out (relative to the rest of their class). Taken together, this data tells the story of how effective or ineffective the feedback has been.Keep your evaluations on track with this simple tool. Click To Tweet
5. Share Your Feedback
If you’re using an electronic system, sharing feedback might be automatic. If you’re using paper, try to give copies to presenters as soon as possible. This will help them incorporate your feedback while everything is still fresh in their minds.
If you’re looking to use rubrics electronically, check out GoReact, the #1 video platform for skill development. GoReact allows you to capture student presentations on video for feedback, grading, and critique. The software includes a rubric builder that you can apply to recordings of any kind of presentation.
Presenters can receive real-time feedback by live recording directly to GoReact with a webcam or smartphone. Instructors and peers submit feedback during the presentation. Students improve astronomically.
A presentation grading rubric is a simple way to keep your evaluations on track. Remember to use a customizable rubric, discuss the criteria beforehand, follow a consistent set of grading criteria, make necessary adjustments, and quickly share your feedback.
By following these five steps, both you and your students can reap the benefits that great rubrics have to offer.
Check out How to Build a Successful Presentation Structure for helpful presentation tips
Dugdale. “How to Use a Public Speaking Rubric.” Write-Out-Loud.
Glen Thaxton teaches business communication at Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business. He is a versatile professional with over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, management, strategic promotional development, support, and training. Aside from exceeding multi-million dollar sales quotas, Glen is also an expert on understanding customers and has spoken to numerous associations and groups nationwide. He also enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and his five wonderful children.