Online Class Period on Preparing an Assertion-Evidence Talk
Description of Class Period
Assertion-evidence talks in engineering and science are comprehended better by audiences and project more confidence for speakers. This online class period on the assertion-evidence approach was developed for students both in technical courses and in technical communication courses. Ideally, this class period precedes by a week or more a technical presentation that students make in the course.
Objectives of Class Period
Online Class Period
Assign students to do the following
Notes on Class Period
Available for the class period are instructor slides that pose and answer questions from the tutorial. When I show these slides, I call on specific students to answer the easier questions (the ones directly discussed in the tutorial). For the more difficult questions, I pose the questions to the class. For "yes or no" or multiple choice questions, I have students raise their hands.
One caution is that because the assertion-evidence approach is new, students might receive resistance using it in courses, internships, and jobs. The website www.assertion-evidence.com has suggestions on addressing that resistance.
At the following link, you will find a comprehension quiz . To obtain a key for this quiz and all quizzes for the Writing Lessons, please email Michael Alley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Title the email as "Requesting Quiz Keys for Writing Lessons." Once we have verified that you are an instructor, we will send you the link to the quiz keys.
Leonhard Center, College of Engineering, Penn State
National Science Foundation, NSF EAGER Award 1752096
Michael Alley, Teaching Professor, College of Engineering, Penn State
Richelle Weiger, College of Engineering, Penn State
Casey Fenton, College of Engineering, Penn State
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