Owning the Intangible: Possession, Theft, and (Mis)Appropriation of Ideas

A Rubric for Evaluating Presentations

Using this form: First fill in short answers (both a grade and then a short comment). After you have filled in the short answers, answer the longer and more reflective questions. On the short questions use the following: plus for outstandingly; check for adequately; minus for poorly.

A. Date Form Completed:

B. Presenter:

C. Evaluator:

D. What, in your view, is the central point of the presentation?



E. How well did the opening announce the thesis or central point? _____

F. How well did the closing leave the reader with a clear sense of the thesis or central point? _____

G. How well did the presentation fit that point into a clear structure? _____


H. How clear was the speaker (volume, pacing, etc)? _____

I. How successful was the speaker at conveying his or her presence through techniques like posture, eye contact, and clothing)? _____

J. How well did the speaker keep your interest through gestures, use of the board, dynamic voice an such? _____

K. How well did the the speaker demonstrate mastery of the subject? ____

L. How well did the speaker handle questions? _____


M. How important/interesting is the thesis or central point (described above)? _____

N. How much did you learn from the presentation (content, a new approach to an idea, etc)? _____

O. How well did the speaker provide sufficient background for the audience, particularly through sources (if appropriate)? _____

Narrative Assessment

P. What were the strongest aspects of this presentation?


Q. What were the weakest aspects of this presentation?


S. Please enter any other comments you have here.



This document is available at http://www.cs.grinnell.edu/~rebelsky/Courses/Tutorial/2010F/Handouts/presentation-rubric.pdf.



Monday, 3 November 2003 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]

Monday, 12 November 2007 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]

Thursday, 15 November 2007 [Samuel A. Rebelsky]


Disclaimer: I usually create these pages on the fly, which means that I rarely proofread them and they may contain bad grammar and incorrect details. It also means that I tend to update them regularly (see the history for more details). Feel free to contact me with any suggestions for changes.

This document was generated by Siteweaver on Tue Dec 28 09:48:09 2010.
The source to the document was last modified on Tue Dec 28 09:48:05 2010.
This document may be found at http://www.cs.grinnell.edu/~rebelsky/Courses/Tutorial/2010F/Handouts/presentation-rubric.html.

You may wish to validate this document's HTML ; Valid CSS! ; Check with Bobby

Copyright © 2005-2010 Samuel A. Rebelsky. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.

Samuel A. Rebelsky, rebelsky@grinnell.edu