My self-evaluation for the video presentation for Project A-Part 2, is based on the rubric provided within Unit 5, including the topics: introduction, tone, flow, visuals and timing.
The most difficult hurdle was having a severe lack of energy due to a head cold for the past four days. Essentially, I was drugged up and somewhat drowsy, yet managed to plow through my script. Other than introducing my name, project title and establishing a transition, I could have introduced the course name, professor, quarter and year. Minor oversight.
Blech. I’ve heard better. If I had to do it over again, I would have rehearsed my script a little better, not relying on it, word for word. There were moments when I interjected my own tone of voice, but for the most part, the script was edited to fit within a 7 minute timeframe.
I leaned toward informative and simple, rather than illustrious or elaborate. I prefer presentations (or documentaries) that omit zany animations with bad sound effects opting for fun, comic-like illustrations to keep the mood light-hearted. Toward the end, I feel like the video lacks interest. However, the simple background color change for each segment helps to create visual distinction, especially since I revisit “Wicked Problems” later in the presentation.
I often struggle a little with narrative flow. I either go too slow or rush through my script. It’s an area that I need practice with. In the classroom setting, I’m often speak too fast because I want to fit as much information into the lecture, balanced with time for a Q&A session and activities. I’m rather new with pacing myself for a video presentation as well.
I think that the amount of time was my strongest area. I spent the majority of time writing, re-writing and rehearsing my script in order to get it to fit within the 7-minute parameter. My timing in between each informative segment was also accounted for. While rewriting my script, I imagined how it would sound as if I was the viewer, listening to each section. In doing so, I asked myself the following questions:
1. Is this section too long?
2. Is this section too predictable?
3. Is this section not related to my topic?
4. What am I missing?
5. What could I introduce in addition to a section that lacks interest?
6. What areas do I not know enough about?
7. What areas do I know a lot about, but have decided to scale back?
8. How are my transitions working?
9. When do I revisit the topic statement?
I think that my delivery could have been more engaging, but that my timing was spot on. I think that my lower third video graphic was very effective. It’s highly flexible and provides consistency. I don’t prefer text at the top of a presentation, since the hierarchy of information becomes distracting.
Another positive aspect is that I managed not to linger too much on one topic, nor omit any critical insights related to the topic proposal. However, there are many ways in which I could have approached this topic. I decided to treat the topic as if the viewer was new to the information and in doing so, I may have been a little too deliberate in my tone. Perhaps a few more photos would have added further interest to visuals, but overall I was pleased with the final solution.