Case Study: Student Presentations at distance using Skype for Business


Working closely with the Digital Education team, Naveed wished to develop an assessment strategy online for students to present a 30-minute presentation on simulation. There was a need to develop an alternative method of presenting in person as the lecturer had moved to an Associate Lecturer contract and was based at a different location but would also an attempt to diversify the ways in which the institution use technology in the delivery and assessment of student work. The current system of delivery for these assessments was an in person presentation.

After discussions with the Digital Education team, Naveed resolved to use Skype for Business as the delivery method for the presentations. Students would be given an allotted time to setup and then present in their groups while Naveed would remained logged in and available through a Skype for Business video call to answer any questions students had. In the room where the students were presenting there would be a member of academic staff to act as a second marker/moderator and a Digital Learning Designer to act as support where required.

Benefits of new practice

After running the session, Naveed and the Digital Education team had a wash up meeting and the general feeling was that it had been affective replacement to the traditional in class presentation model. Naveed had proven and developed a confidence in understanding that technology can replace the traditional modes of “in-person” assessment, which can be developed by other academic staff in Naveed’s faculty and across the wider institution.

From the student point of view, the students have benefited by the fact that their tutor was able to assess their presentation and because they learnt to be assessed via technology, which Naveed also believes is a professional/graduate skill that will be used in their future employment.

Lessons learned?

While the use of Skype for Business work well and the result were better than Naveed expected, he felt having a member of staff to help support the technology and to observe the presentations and ensure students are prepared through effective communication and planning was something he would advise.