Online Communities (UW COM481 Winter 2023)/Final presentations
On March 7th and 9th we will be hosting two virtual presentations sessions. Please read the information below carefully.
You won't be surprised to hear that I'm expecting that the final presentations will present your final project for the class. I'm truly not expecting you to present anything beyond your project, which is why I've listed the expectations for the presentations and paper in the same section of the syllabus. The paper and the presentation are just two opportunities to showcase the same project. Details about the expectations for final projects are on the relevant section of the syllabus.
The sessions will be held entirely online in Canvas asynchronously in a Canvas group discussion forum. [Note: That link will work as presentation groups are finalized but will not work until then.]
I expect everybody to spend about around 120 minutes participating on they day are not presenting (i.e., about the length of the class session). The period of time that folks can give feedback is from 12:30pm on the day of presentation until 12:30pm the following day.
The basic structure is going to be as follows:
- Everybody in the class will be sorted into a Canvas group discussion into a groups with ~12 of your classmates. Each group contains a random selection of 6 people presenting on Tuesday and 6 people presenting on Thursday.
- Presenters will all upload videos on or before 12:30pm on they day they are presenting.
- At some point after 12:30pm on the day they not presenting all non-presenters will watch the videos uploaded by their groupmates who are assigned to present that day and will give them each feedback that aims to help them revise their work for their final projects.
- I will watch all the videos and look over the uploaded PDF or image material and give presenters detailed feedback in addition to peer feedback.
Plan: On Your Presenting Day
All students must do two things do two things before 12:30pm on the day they are presenting. You are welcome to do these at any point in advance:
- Upload your presentation material in PDF, PNG, or JPG to "Final Presentation" dropbox in Canvas. Note that you may need to convert your slides into one of these formats (.pptx doesn't work). I expect most people will be just uploaded a slide deck from PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc.
- Upload your video of your 5-7 minute long "pitch" in a message in the Final Presentation Peer Feedback group discussion group on Canvas within their assigned group. You all can do this by posting a new message and clicking the "Record/Upload Media" button above the text box and then clicking the "Upload Media" post on the follow-up tab. You may need to convert the file format -- .mkv may not work, but .mp4 should. If you have trouble uploading your recording, you might consider posting a link to a file sharing or video hosting platform instead.
Because there are there two different groups presenting, there is no listed due date on the Canvas assignment. Your due date is 12:30pm on the day you are assigned to present. I cannot give any credit for late assignments.
Plan: On Your Feedback Giving Day
All students must do the following thing on the day they are not presenting:
- At some point after 12:30pm, watch each short video pitch for the 6 people in your assigned group that are presenting that day.
- After watching each the video, spend a minimum of 7 minutes writing a reply to each of the day's presenters' messages in Canvas giving them feedback on their presentation and pitch. Saying you liked the pitch is fine but focus on giving substantive, critical feedback that will help each person make concrete changes and improvements to the work in the presentation to produce a better final project. Feel free to ask questions about things you were unclear about. Feel free to give specific suggestions for course material that might be useful or connections that might be helpful. I expect everybody to spend between 7 and 12 minutes giving feedback to each of the day's six presenters in their group.
Each person will give feedback to 6 others. I expect that this assignment will take a maximum of 120 minutes (<7m to watch each videos; <12m for each piece of feedback). This is less than the period of time you would normally spend in class and/or watching lectures for the week; this means you have time to prepare your pitches and make them great.
All feedback is due 24 hours after the start of class on the day after you are not presenting (i.e., 12:29 pm on Wednesday or Friday). Feedback will be graded as part of participation and I will weight it so that it's equivalent to preparation for one case session. I cannot give any credit for late assignments.
Presentation Format: Video Pitches
I am asking you all to prepare and share video version of your presentations as "pitches" for our project.
In terms of the video: I am not expecting anything fancy. I understand that folks are coming to this with different technical skills and working in a variety of living situations. I am going to assess you entirely on the content of your presentation and pitch. I will not assess you on the production quality of your video. The pitches should be 5 minutes long and not more than 7 minutes in length. Please DO NOT speed up the recording to beat the 7 minute limit.
I'm quite open into the nature of the video but here are some ideas:
- A very easy technique is to join your a Zoom meeting by yourself (UW has a subscription to Zoom), share your screen, and record the Zoom session with you giving a talk by yourself. The "record to cloud" function is more reliable in my experience.
- Alternatively, you can a "screencast" that records audio of yourself talking while recording video of whatever is on your screen. There are a bunch of tools to do this:
- Here's information on how to use a built-in screen recorder in Windows 10
- Here's information on how to do screen recording on Mac OSX
- Here's a video about how to record yourself using Microsoft PowerPoint on Windows
- Some people like the following software: Camtasia (proprietary but has a free trial); CamStudio (free/open source software but harder to use). I haven't used either.
- If it's easier, feel free to just use a cellphone or webcam video. For example, have a friend record you as you talk through an actual "poster" version of your presentation laid out on a table.
If you run into trouble, please ask on Discord for help. Keep in mind that I use Linux and am unlikely to be able to do much to trouble shoot specific problems with your computer. That said, your classmates will likely be of some help. If you figured something out, please give advice to others on Discord. If you've got experience doing this, please help your classmates.
Frequently Asks Questions
- What should go into my presentation?
- Details are on the on the relevant section of the syllabus.