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Academic Presentation Skills

Define your goal

Understand the complex idea well enough to be able to discern its most critical components from just the necessary but minor details.

 

It is a fact that you are NOT going to have enough time to get through everything that you want to say on your topic.

3-4 points = 50 min

5-6 points = 75 min

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Setting a learning objectives can help you as a teacher or presenter identify what it is that you want your students or audience to take away.  It can help keep you focused and not get off on a tangent either.

 

What are learning objectives?  It is a statement of what students will be able to do when they have completed instruction. 

 Learning objectives fall into 6 categories moving from lower level to high level learning: knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.

 

Examples:

Lower level: Students will be able to locate the major organs that make up the circulatory system.

High level: Students will be able to evaluate the impact of an increase of interest rates on the housing market.

 

Identifying the learning outcomes also helps you decide what active learning activities can be incorporated into your lecture.

Learning objective verbs

Knowledge

Comprehension

Application

Analysis

Synthesis

Evaluation

define

describe

apply

analyze

arrange

appraise

list

discuss

demonstrate

appraise

assemble

assess

name

explain

dramatize

calculate

collect

choose

recall

express

employ

categorize

compose

compare

record

depict

illustrate

criticize

construct

estimate

relate

locate

interpret

debate

create

evaluate

underline

recognize

operate

diagram

design

judge

label

report

practice

differentiate

formulate

measure

quote

restate

schedule

distinguish

manage

rate

locate

review

sketch

examine

organize

revise

match

translate

use

experiment

plan

score

cite

 

 

inspect

prepare

select

reproduce

 

 

question

propose

value

identify

 

 

relate

combine

defend

state

 

 

solve

integrate

justify

 

 

 

test

 

 

 

 

 

classify