Task 2: IT Leader Presentation

 Point Value: 20  Due: March 6


This task requires you to identify and investigate a leader within the instructional technology field. A "leader" is broadly defined as a researcher, instructional designer, author, consultant, or any other significant role related to the field of instructional technology. This leader should be nationally or internationally known. Previous classes of students in this department have generated a list of IT Leaders that may help you in finding a candidate. Your task is to investigate this person's work, including if possible, making personal contact, and to summarize your leader's contributions to the field to the class in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.


  • Information about professional preparation
  • Current work
  • Significant accomplishment(s)
  • Overall estimation of the leader's contribution to the field of instructional technology

Suggested Strategies:

Select a leader from the list provided, or obtain approval for a leader who is not on the list. Compile a bibliography of this person's published writings. (ERIC is a good resource to help you accomplish this task, as well as the WWW.) Read several of the writings written by or about this leader. Hopefully, you'll be able to contact your leader through email or telephone for a brief interview. Prepare a 15 minute PowerPoint presentation about your leader, and deliver it in class. The only major restriction on choosing your leader is that you should select someone outside of the Department of Instructional Technology at The University of Georgia.

Here are three sample presentations created by previous students:


Who's Who in Instructional Technology

Interviews with Instructional Technology Research Leaders


Assessment Rubric

Criterion Weight



Presentation communicates a substantial amount of information about the IT practitioner.

Information is sketchy and incomplete Information is adequate, but not unique Information is comprehensive and interesting
Presentation is well-paced (neither too fast nor too slow), and stays within the 10-15 minute time frame.

Numerous gaps or too much info too fast Fairly easy to follow, but somewhat dull Easy to follow and stimulating
Presentation is interesting and appealing

Not really Somewhat Definitely
Presentation visuals follow basic design principles for PowerPoint presentations

More than 1 design flaw 1 flaw (e.g., too much animation) 0 problems
Visuals are free of grammatical errors

Over 3 errors 2-3 errors 0-1 errors
Presentation shows evidence of involvement with the task (critical thinking, creativity, synthesis, etc.)

Little Some Lots

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