Sunday, September 1, 2013

Grad student presentations notes and comments

Reviewing grad student presentation on external client supported projects.  Students put in significant efforts but the result can be improved.

- client did not come, which showed either they are either not engaged, not supportive or not happy with the project
- students presentation is not rehearsed.  1. time is not controlled, 2. demo, which is the crucial part of the presentation, is often chaotic
- presentation skills are fine overall, slides are well organized.  Many students still use "like" "uhm", "you know"...

- Most projects focus narrowly to the clients instructional media design, instead of the broad process.  We should train the student as designer, similar to an architect, not a construction worker.

- A general issue is the communication and commitment of the client, we should have a signed agreements with them and education the clients on the design process.

Most project adopt a non-personal approach, training oriented training.  How to inspire?

Faculty are very committed to the projects they advise, but during student presentation, faculty should let the student facing the challenges themselves, instead of injecting during student presentation.

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