Presentation Evaluation Criteria

Recently updated to include the latest of the technology I had the pleasure of using lately.  It sure was fun to know that you can write electronically on any wall and easily save those writings in electronic format.  I said any wall as you need not have special board to be able to write on your presentation, the pen itself is what actually does the electronic writings, cool!!!  Please read through and see the sample picture below to have idea how nice it would be doing presentation with it.

Getting back in time…

OverheadProjector Funny that picture of old technology is used for this blog topic, eh?  I am sure you would agree with me that utilizing current technology, especially if it improves the quality of our existence, should have higher point.  Could you imagine presenting in a dark place with such cumbersome machine?  Would you rather be printing on acetate papers instead of using USB stick?  Would you rather be replacing pages instead of clicking a remote control, a mouse button or pressing a key from the keyboard?  I hope that’s enough comparison, some from younger generation might not even know what an acetate is.  I’m sure though everyone in our class know what a projector is, as I’ve seen it few times on timageop of steel cabinets near our classroom door.  Please read-on to see how well such picture represents some of the recommended criteria enumerated below.

  1. Content (Recommended percentage: 10%)
    This refers to the "message" being presented and has nothing to do with technology.  It doesn’t matter whether it is an interesting message or not, what matters is that it is originally from the presenter and is not a copy of anyone else.  Again, this does not necessarily mean that the topic has not been previously discussed but rather, that the topic is presented according to the presenter’s expertise of the subject being presented.  The more unique the message is, the more point it should have.
  2. Delivery (Recommended percentage: 70%)
    This is how the presenter actually presents the material, could be as follows but not limited to:
    Was it passionate enough?
    Was it able to generate interest in the group?
    Was the presenter more bored than the audience?
    Was there any effort to keep the audience listening to the presentation?
    Was the presenter dressed well?
    Was the voice not monotone, rather loud and clear enough?
    Was the presentation focused on the subject matter?
    Was the presenter attentive and responsive to the Q&A?
  3. Technology (Recommended percentage: 20%)
    The big question is: "Are we utilizing the technology better than the old projector?". Utilization of the technology available for the presentation, as follows:
    • Animation
      One of the feature that’s difficult to achieve with the above machine.  What it can do though, is that you can mimic page transition with it, along with display by paragraph.  Is that all you’re doing with your presentation?  Other than that, following are difficult to do with the retired tech that can be easily achieved with the "high-tech" gadgets we have:
      displaying by word and by letter, especially if it is flying/bouncing/crawling in/out from/to somewhere within the page;
      Highlighting of the current topic being discussed, graying-out those already discussed;
      Exiting part of the page from the presentation as needed.
    • Display
      With the old tech, we only deal with one projection.  There are more complexities with existing technology that could be dealt with, albeit mostly unnoticed.  Following are the display standards that could be utilized: 4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 16:10, etc…  The criteria here is whether or not said display capabilities are being utilized.  Was the presentation optimized for the display area?  Optimum utilization mean that the entire display area is used without the content being stretched.  That happens when, e.g., you used the TV’s "full display" of your 4:3 material on an area that’s actually 16:9.  Although the area is fully utilized, the display is out of proportion.
      I was just lately made aware of this technicalities too.  The consideration of this starts right before you begin creating your presentation, i.e., from the blank presentation page that you will be working with for the content of your message.  By default it starts with 4:3, which was the most popular display ratio of old display areas.  Current displays mostly utilize 16:9 and in fact, the same display area of the TV we used in our class presentation.
      If you want to optimize display therefore, you have to set the page to appropriate ratio the display is capable of projecting.  You have to setup the page to correct proportion so it will be displayed correctly.  And because this takes effort to achieve, I included this as a criteria in evaluating a presentation.  Should really weigh much, maybe maximum 10% but this should be a criteria.  Surely, a presentation utilizing properly the display area is much better than those using only part of the display or displaying out of proportion, eh?
    • Notes
      Another "No biggie" as previous technology could also add notes to their pages.  The main difference is that with our presentation technology, we can easily add notes, draw lines, circles, highlights and can choose to discard those doodles  without using a piece of paper.  Sometimes actually, notes adding can be used to highlight better some part of the page during presentation.  Highest score on this would be on iPad where you can use your finger or stylus to doodle notes.
    • Wirelessness
      In our batch, I only see Raymond use the remote control, which sometime fails to work.  Still, I’d give additional point to it for using something better than mouse and keyboard, which are the standard.  The advantage of wireless of course is that you are not tied to your computer, you can control it wherever you’re standing.
      The highest tech I’ve done on this was on using my cellphone to remotely control my presentation.  I was able to do that using bluetooth on XP environment.  imageFor whatever reason, I’m unable to achieve the same setup with supposedly more advanced environment.
      Further to wireless is on display, i.e., streaming wirelessly from computer to monitor.  I haven’t really done this but I’m sure this is very much possible.
    • Interactivity
      This one I’ve to add having the opportunity of laying my hands on it.  This is one of those high tech gadgets where the display reacts as you touch the screen, pretty much similar to the touch pads or touch screens.  It sure would add excitement and awe to your presentation.

For me, above is a much fairer criteria for evaluating a presentation.  Please feel free to send your comment on this topic.  I would really appreciate if anybody can rate this article 5 star : )



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