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Presentation Rubric

This rubric is designed to assess 5–10 minute recordings of people teaching with slides, live coding, or a mix of both. You can use it as a starting point for creating a rubric of your own.

Opening Yes Iffy No N/A
Exists (use N/A for other responses if not)
Good length (10–30 seconds)
Introduces self
Introduces topics to be covered
Describes prerequisites
Clear goal/narrative arc
Inclusive language
Authentic tasks/examples
Teaches best practices/uses idiomatic code
Steers a path between the Scylla of jargon and the Charybdis of over-simplification
Clear, intelligible voice (use “Iffy” or “No” for strong accent)
Rhythm: not too fast or too slow, no long pauses or self-interruption, not obviously reading from a script
Self-assured: does not stray into the icky tarpit of uncertainty or the dungheap of condescension
Exist (use N/A for other responses if not)
Slides and speech complement one another (dual coding)
Readable fonts and colors/no overwhelming slabs of text
Frequent change (something happens on screen at least every 30 seconds)
Good use of graphics
Live Coding
Used (use N/A for other responses if not)
Code and speech complement one another (i.e., instructor doesn’t just read code aloud)
Readable fonts and colors/right amount of code on the screen at a time
Proficient use of tools
Highlights key features of code
Dissects errors
Exists (use N/A for other responses if it doesn’t)
Good length (10–30 seconds)
Summarizes key points
Outlines next steps
Points clearly connected/logical flow
Make the topic interesting (i.e., not boring)