Current Event – Diversity

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Students are expected research a current event topic that is relevant within the past 5 years and present it to the class. Topics must follow the requirements below and grading will be based on the rubrics. Presentation is worth 30 points and annotated bibliography is worth 20 points.

Helpful hints:

  • Students will create a research strategy in order to locate and access needed information. Topics that are found on less-than-credible sources should have references within the article to support the topic. If no references are found in the article, a search for credible sources should be done and annotated as well. If multiple sources are used to confirm the validity of the topic, annotations should be written for each source. Please don’t let this discourage you from topics. Annotations are quick to write.
  • Use the attached rubric to guide you.
  • Annotated Bibliography Worksheet.docxPreview the document

From Syllabus:

Current Event – Create a presentation to be shown in class, which highlights a current event in your field of interest. A one to two paragraph written annotated bibliography about the article should also be provided the day of the presentation. An acceptable presentation must include a PowerPoint, Google Slides, or other similar type of visual aid, or a prerecorded video created by you, and played in class. A prerecorded video can only be chosen twice for the current events. You must present in person for at least one of them. Please see the rubrics for a grading matrix. No late assignments will be accepted unless previously discussed with the instructor.

Cultural or Economic Diversity – The current event should allow the audience to contrast the difference between their life and the one you are presenting. Topics of the current event should follow your personal interests in the EHS field and highlights the environmental or safety and health impacts anywhere in the world influenced by one of the categories below.

  • cultures,
  • poverty or affluence,
  • races,
  • religions,
  • gender,
  • sexuality

Rubric

Current Event Presentation and Annotated Bibliography Rubric

Current Event Presentation and Annotated Bibliography Rubric

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeVISUAL AIDUse of a visual should be formatted using digital media. Use of other types of supporting visual aids are allowed. Videos not made by you, should be used very sparingly and should be appropriate for class.

8.0 to >6.0 pts

Full Marks

Visual aid has multiple supporting formats and includes pictures an large text heading with no errors. Using legible font, good contrast of font color and slides are not too busy.

6.0 to >4.0 pts

Meets Expectations

Visual aid has multiple visual support formats to include pictures and large text headings, with few errors. Using legible font, good contrast of font color and slides are not too busy.

4.0 to >2.0 pts

Below Expectations

Visual aid is text dense or too many graphics, small font size, lacking visual contrast with colors to see clearly. Has multiple spelling and grammatical errors.

2.0 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

Visual aid is not in digital format; visual aid does not support presentation or is not suitable by color, contrast, text size and font. Has many errors grammatically and in spelling.

8.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeORGANIZATIONInformation is organized in to clear sections with an introduction, body and conclusion. Conclusion wraps up topic and reinforces key points.

7.0 to >5.0 pts

Exceeds Expectations

Information is very organized in well- constructed sections to allow flow between an interesting introduction, main ideas and subtopics, and a conclusion reviewing all main ideas.

5.0 to >3.5 pts

Meets Expectations

Information is organized into sections an interesting introduction, explanation of main ideas and subtopics and a conclusion reviewing all main ideas.

3.5 to >2.0 pts

Below Expectations

Information is organized into sections (introduction, main ideas, and conclusion) and information is sporadic

2.0 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

Information is not organized into sections, no interesting introduction, information is sporadic.

7.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePurposePurpose of the presentation is clear with enthusiasm about the topic. Understanding presenter’s intentions, developing a broad audience understanding and creating subject credibility within the topic.

7.0 to >5.0 pts

Exceeds Expectations

Demonstrates strong enthusiasm about topic during entire presentation. Significantly increases audience understanding and knowledge of topic; convinces an audience to recognize the validity and importance of the subject.

5.0 to >3.5 pts

Meets Expectations

Shows some enthusiastic feelings about topic. Raises audience understanding and awareness of most points. Provides credibility for the subject.

3.5 to >2.0 pts

Below Expectations

Shows little or mixed feelings about the topic being presented. Raises audience understanding and knowledge of some points. Lacks credibility for topic.

2.0 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

Shows no interest in topic presented. Fails to increase audience understanding of knowledge of topic. No credibility for topic.

7.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDELIVERYPresents with confidence, holding eye contact with audience, seems well rehearsed. Use of volume and inflection to maintain interest. Emphasizes key points and is generally engaging.

8.0 to >6.0 pts

Exceeds Expectations

Holds attention of entire audience with the use of direct eye contact, seldom looking at notes. Speaks with fluctuation in volume and inflection to maintain audience interest and emphasize key points.

6.0 to >4.0 pts

Meets Expectations

Consistent use of direct eye contact with audience, but still returns to notes. Speaks with satisfactory variation of volume and inflection.

4.0 to >2.0 pts

Below Expectations

Displays minimal eye contact with audience, while reading mostly from the notes. Speaks in uneven volume with little or no inflection.

2.0 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

Holds no eye contact with audience, as entire report is read from notes. Speaks in low volume and/ or monotonous tone, which causes audience to disengage

8.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeWriting Fluency of AnnotationsAnnotations should be thoughtful and developed to drive the idea behind use of the source. Complete sentences with proper spelling and grammar use.

5.0 to >3.0 pts

Exceeds Expectations

Annotations are well thought out, complete and well written. Full sentences are used, with no spelling or grammatical errors. Annotation flows between sentences.

3.0 to >2.0 pts

Meets Expectations

Annotations are complete and well written. Full sentences are used, with one or two spelling or grammatical errors. Annotation flows between sentences.

2.0 to >1.0 pts

Below Expectations

Some annotations are lacking in completeness, thought, and or writing quality. Multiple spelling and grammatical errors. Sentences are incomplete or information does not flow between sentences.

1.0 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

Most or all annotations are lacking in completeness, thought and writing quality. Many errors in spelling and grammar.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeCREDIBILITYCan the source(s) be considered reliable and trustworthy?

10.0 to >7.5 pts

Meets Expectations

Multiple sources are used to support topic. All sources are reliable and trustworthy.

7.5 to >4.5 pts

Below Expectations

Only one source was used; If using multiple sources, at least one, but not all of the sources are credible and trustworthy.

4.5 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

None of the sources are reliable and trustworthy.

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAPA Formatting of Annotative BibliographyCitations are formatted in APA format with proper page layout, font size and font type.

5.0 to >3.0 pts

Exceeds Expectations

Citations are in APA format with no errors. Correct page layout, proper 12 point font size and Times New Roman font type. Margins are spaced correctly.

3.0 to >2.0 pts

Meets Expectations

There are few errors in APA format. Correct page layout with proper 12 pt font size and Times New Roman font type. Proper use of margins.

2.0 to >1.0 pts

Below Expectations

Many errors in font size, type and APA format.

1.0 to >0 pts

Unacceptable

Not in APA format.

5.0 pts

Total Points: 50.0