Responding to Oral/Multimedia Presentations

As with written drafts, each instructor will have a preferred method of responding to oral presentations.

Guidelines for Effective Response to Presentation Drafts

  • As you prepare to respond to oral presentation drafts (or rehearsals), have a clear plan for doing so. You may want to work with your Oral Communication Tutors to set up rehearsal times and ask that the OCTs videotape the rehearsals. Then you and the OCTs can meet with the students to discuss the performance.
  • In discussing a recorded performance, begin by reviewing and elaborating on key strengths and weaknesses of the presentation before reviewing specific portions of the tape for detailed commentary. During this discussion, focus on elements of the students’ argument, on delivery, and on the integration of materials such as slides or other visuals into the presentation. Conclude by focusing on the major elements the student should improve before the final presentation. 
  • Many instructors prefer to provide written response to rehearsals and presentations. Doing so means developing an evaluation form that helps students easily understand and focus on your feedback on key areas (both local and global) relevant to the course and assignment goals. 

For guidance and training in commenting on Oral/Multimedia Presentations, contact Doree Allen, Director of the Oral Communication Program at, (650) 725-4149.

Sample evaluations forms for oral presentations can be found on the PWR Canvas site.

Filming and Responding to Student Presentations

You are strongly encouraged to digitally record your student presentation drafts and revisions for your PWR 2 classes. 

If you don’t have your own camcorder, you’ll need to request the equipment (camera and tripod) in advance with Jenae Cohn ( You will need to film the student presentations yourself, or you could ask a student volunteer. Please schedule a training session with Jenae to learn how to use the recording equipment as needed.

Using your footage

Once you have filmed the presentations, you can use it in a couple ways:

  • Play the recording on the camera for students to watch through the viewer.
  • Manually download the footage onto your computer, compress the files, and save it to a DVD or upload it onto Canvas or Stanford Box.  In general, you should select the quality of the format based on where and how you want to use the tape (in your office in conferences? in Wallenberg or the Hume Center? on your home computer for grading?).
  • Use Mac Quicktime to screencast your comments to the students. This technique allows you to audio comment directly on the videos without doing a write up of your evaluation. You can then save the files and upload them to Canvas or Stanford Box.