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REVAMPING THE TRADITIONAL PRESENTATION: USING TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE A MORE INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT

Higson-Bliss, Laura

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Abstract

Anxiety amongst university students is common across the sector (January, Madhombiro, Chipamaunga et al., 2018). Add to the mix public speaking as a form of assessment, anxiety levels rise (Raja, 2017). There is no doubt that there is a place for the traditional oral presentation as a form of assessment, their transferable skills are well documented (see for instance: Sinclair, 2014) but across a three-year degree programme, should we be imposing such an intrusive form of assessment from the get-go? This paper will explore the use of technology in creating a more inclusive environment to ease the anxiety around the traditional oral presentation as a form of assessment. Discussing how I have embedded technology into my own assessment methods on the Foundation Year Programme, this paper will outline the initial hurdles I had to overcome, students’ feelings around this form of assessment and how a recorded presentation complements and enhances the transferable skills of the traditional oral assessment. The paper will conclude by showcasing how technology can ease the anxiety amongst students when it comes to public speaking. Bibliography January, J., Madhombiro, M., Chipamaunga, S. et al. Prevalence of depression and anxiety among undergraduate university students in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review protocol. Syst Rev 7, 57 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-018-0723-8 Raja, Farhan (2017). Anxiety Level in Students of Public Speaking: Causes and Remedies 4(1) Journal of Education and Educational Development 94 Sinclair, Stefanie (2014). Assessing oral presentations in open and distance learning. In: Teixera, A. M. and Szűcs, A. eds. Challenges for Research into Open & Distance Learning: Doing Things Better – Doing Better Things. European Distance and E-Learning Network, pp. 203–212

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Higson-Bliss, L. (2022, January). REVAMPING THE TRADITIONAL PRESENTATION: USING TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE A MORE INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Deposit Date Jun 2, 2023