As part of the assessment for the ‘Art and Architecture of Asia Minor’ module, Professor Zahra Newby asked students to give 10-minute presentations on an object or monument, which accompanied a 1,500 word report on the same monument. The presentations were delivered live to small groups on MS Teams, recorded and then uploaded to Stream so that students could re-watch their presentations after receiving their marks and feedback. Professor Newby also used Teams to assign presentation topics and groups by creating a sign-up sheet on the module’s Teams space, where students could select their presentation topic, time and group on a central form which updated instantaneously avoiding overlap.
Giving the presentations on MS Teams meant that some students found the process less daunting and students who were unable to attend the seminar were able to record their presentations and submit them for assessment. Recording the presentations also allowed for better consistency in marking as they could then be watched by a second marker and accessed by external examiners.
Professor Zahra Newby, Classics and Ancient History
Module: CX232-30/CX332-30: The Art & Architecture of Asia Minor (2021)
- Professor Newby set up a sign-up sheet on the module’s Teams space and students used this to choose their presentation time and which monument they wanted to present from a set list. Students were split into groups of 6 so that there was one person presenting on each monument in each group.
- Students were given a comprehensive guidance document with a bibliography for each of the monuments and a list of things they were expected to include in presentation on the Moodle page.
- The module’s Moodle page also included links to training for designing effective presentations.
- Professor Newby held a briefing session on the assessment in one her seminars.
- Student presentations were delivered live on MS Teams. Each presentation was recorded and uploaded to Stream.
- Professor Newby provided both written feedback and oral feedback during a 10-minute video conference.
- Students were then able to go back and review their presentations on Stream.
[Some students] commented that it was less scary than standing up in a group…they felt that as you’re not in a physical room with lots of people looking at you it was less daunting.
It was much easier logistically to manage than trying to get lots of rooms for a short amount of time back-to-back, and also I think it is good experience because quite a lot of people now are doing video interviews before they do face-to-face interviews.
I do think that if they do add like these sorts of digital assessments…even like recording [presentations] I mean, we know how to do it on Teams, but how do we do it effectively?... if they just had a link [to] a step by step video or something like that, it would be really helpful, I think, because sometimes you might get a bit stressed, when you don't know what how to do it, then you feel like it’s not going to do as well and perform as well as you'd hoped for.