Improving oral presentation skills of engineering students with the Virtual-i Presenter (ViP) program
The growing size of engineering classes is impacting on the ability for students to acquire oral presentation skills. A unique program called the Virtual-i Presenter (ViP) was developed to allow students to create, view, and evaluate oral presentations using a PC and webcam outside of class time. The program is simple to use and recreates how a student would deliver an oral presentation in class. ViP helps students improve their oral skills by permitting them to see and hear themselves, practice repeatedly, and obtain feedback from peers and academics through an inbuilt evaluation system upon submitting their final presentation. Selected parts of presentations can also be viewed and discussed in class to address technical merits and key presentation skills. Student surveys on using ViP showed presentations were practiced an average of 4 times and 63% of students preferred short ViP presentations to live ones.