Oral Assignments

Commonly, oral assignments focus students' attention on three types of learning tasks: 

  • analyzing and organizing information for ones' self,
  • communicating information to an audience orally, including visual aids,
  • perhaps, coordinating the oral presentation with a report or proposal.

The list below includes variations on these traditional themes:  tasks designed to focus students' attention on orally communicating technical concepts in formal presentations and engaging in interactive discussion about technical concepts.

Ideas for Oral Assignments

  • Oral presentation
  • Oral examination or interview
  • Interactive oral assignments
    • Class participation
    • Meeting with an instructor to discuss progress on a project
    • Group discussion
    • Debate
    • Dialogue
    • Poster session or exhibition

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