This site provides one example of how one professor created performance-based criteria for student oral presentations in the course "Environmental Biology of Fishes".
The author's goal in developing this rubric was multifacted. She sought to: a. capture the knowledge of the student b. capture the reasoning used by the student in the development of the presentation c. capture the academic level of the student The author also developed the rubric in order to give the students a view of an exceptional presentation (oral) and a presentation she considered to be amaturish.
Target Student Population:
Most helpful to secondary and higher education science teachers and pre-service science teachers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Understanding of the terms; formative assessment, performance based, and content standards; plus knowledge of rubric development and use.
Type of Material:
Reference. Information and downloabable paper rubric.
This site could be used as an example for content teachers on how to use content standards to develop performance-based assessments.
The rubric is only viewable in EXCEL. Explaniation of the rubric and it's components are viewed on the web page.
Evaluation and Observation
This rubric was designed for assessing oral presentations performed by 4th year students in the Environmental Biology of Fishes course. The rationale for using the rubric is given by the author in her introduction. The author gives permission to the viewers of her rubric to use the rubric and make any necessary adjustments to the design in order to meet the needs of their specific course. It is simple and well defined. The traits being assessed by the rubric plus the differentiation of quality are clear. Most critical areas of an oral presentation are covered.
One limitations of this site is that the rubric is for one specific oral presentation of one topic. The use of visual aids and their quality are not addressed. The last category on the rubric, "Assessment of Colleagues Presentation" is confusing. One was not sure who was being evaluated, the presenter or the person(s) in the audience.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The rubric is clear and in the opinion of the reviewers. Because the content is thoroughly reviewed by the instructor with those about to make a presentation, the likelihood that a quality oral presentation will follow is enhanced. Other instructors could easily change specific categories related to content to meet specific criteria associated with their own content area. The reviewers saw this learning object to be most helpful to secondary and higher education science teachers and pre-service science teachers. This site is also an example to content teachers about how to use content standards in the development of performance based assessments.
The last category of the rubric should be revised to strengthen the whole rubric.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The criteria for evaluating the oral presentation of a students is clearly spelled out, thus making this rubric easy to use by both faculty and students.
Very simple - 5 pages - no links. Next and Previous buttons available.
The "Assessing Colleague Presentation" needs to have a better, more defensible description of this category. This will lead to a better differentiation of the levels of quality.