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Teaching and Evaluating Oral Communication


Participants in this workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges that emerge in courses with an oral communication focus (individual/group presentations, discussion leading, etc.). We will highlight strategies for designing oral assignments and tools for assessing oral communication skills. Instructors who are currently teaching or considering teaching a College Seminar (CSEM) course are especially encouraged to attend.

Learning Goals:

After successfully completing this workshop you will be able to:

  • design oral assignments that align with particular course learning goals.
  • differentiate between different types of communication skills (verbal/nonverbal), different methods of delivery (impromptu, manuscript, extemporaneous, etc.), and different speaking occasions (public speaking/presentational speaking).
  • identify different grading philosophies that are useful for grading oral work.
  • begin creating rubrics for evaluating oral work.

Workshop Resources:


Can apply toward these graduate student/postdoc certificates: