This is an old version of the class. Please see the 2020 version instead.
Instructions for Students' In-Class Presentations
18% of grade. Choice due: Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017.
Presentations on various dates: see the schedule.
Everyone needs to present one topic. However, you can do an extra topic for up to 10 extra points (which would bring your overall grade from a B to an A, for example).
The various topics that people can choose among are in a GoogleDoc here:
That document should be editable by people in the class, and viewable by anyone with the link. If you are in the class and not able to edit the file, please send the professor your gmail account information.
There are way more topics than people, so everyone should pick a different topic. Also, feel free to add new topics, if you find something missing. But then you need to take the lead in finding material about it.
Action Item for now (deadline: Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017):
- Enter your name by the one topic you would most like to present, replacing the ???? in the "Presented by:" line. (Or enter a new topic and put your name by it)
- Enter which date(s) you would like to present. Note that some people need to present early, with the advantage that you are done early as well. See the list of dates in the schedule.
- Each person who chooses a topic must insure that there are at least 2 or 3 important readings for that topic, which the person can cover in their talk.
With most items, there is a collection of articles and references. Many of these are from the students who took the class in 2013, and consequently, they are mostly older articles. One of your tasks is to find more up-to-date references for your chosen topic. You can optionally sort the references in your topic into sub-topics, and put them in a reasonable order. If any links are dead, like for out-dated on-line reference material, feel free to delete the reference.
For the actual presentations, you will need to do the following:
- Update the GoogleDoc with additonal readings you find for your topic.
- At least one week before your presentation, send the professor the 2 to 3 articles that the whole class should read and any more articles that the class might also want to read (the "Required" and "Optional" readings). The professor will enter these into the schedule, so people in the class can read them before your presentation.
- Prepare a presentation of at least 40-minutes on the topic. This will include the slides (and any optional videos) you want to present. You should practice your presentation to make sure it is about the right length.
- Send me your slides by 10:00pm on the night before your presentation, either in PowerPoint (pptx) or Acrobat (pdf) format. Be sure your name is on (at least) the first slide. I will put your slides on the class's schedule page, on the open web, so you might want a copyright notice on the slides.
- During class, during each presentation, the class will be asked to evaluate and grade each presentation using this form.
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