Paper Discussion & Presentation

Percentage of Grade: Presentation (Grads only: 10%);
Paper Discussion Questions (Grads: 10%; Undergrads: 20%)

Presentation Guideline

Students will give short paper presentations in pairs. Each paper will focus on a specific topic in Health Informatics. Sign up for papers here. Each student pair will present one of the assigned papers and lead the class in a discussion corresponding to that paper. Remember that often, multiple papers will be assigned for a single class. You do not need to present all papers assigned for the day, but you should read and be able to discuss the other assigned papers to compare and contrast them with the paper you are presenting. Other students, and/or the class instructor, will be sharing class time with you. Thus, you should plan for about 30 minutes of presentation and discussion.

It is up to the presenting students to plan how they will present the reading. Meet with the class instructor at the end of the previous class to discuss your plan. On the day of your presentation, one student in the pair should submit your materials (slides, notes etc.) through Canvas before class. After you submit the first version, you have until 11:59PM on the same day to update these materials.

Briefly summarize the paper for the class, noting that some classmates will not have read the paper as closely as others. Try to keep the total time to summarize your paper about 20 minutes. Your presentation and discussion should accomplish the following:

Classmates will raise discussion questions. After presenting your summary and reflections, engage the audience in discussion.

Use slides carefully. Focus on first summarizing the work, then verbally communicating ideas and keeping the discussion active. That said, short videos and demos should be shown when possible and slides presenting designs, study details, data, and/or results can be useful. Use as many as slides as necessary to illustrate your talking points, but do not rely on them alone to convey information.

Arrive early to class on the day of your presentation. Finally, consult the grading guidelines for details on how the discussion you lead will be assessed.

Some of the guidelines listed here were adopted with permission from Michael Bernstein.

Discussion Questions Guideline

Think critically about the research that the paper presents and why that research is important. Write a short commentary about the paper (2-3 paragraphs). (See possible topics to address below.) Based on your commentary, choose one discussion point or one question for the presenter that you are willing to raise in class. If stating a question, it should not be a “quiz” type question, but instead should elicit discussion among the presenter and with the class. State your discussion point or question explicitly in bullet-point form, after your commentary. Come to class prepared to raise your discussion point or question.

Some appropriate topics to address in a commentary include:

Of course, feel free to discuss anything you think is important (do not just summarize the paper–the presenters will do that)! One way to structure your commentary is to discuss three “positive” aspects and one “criticism” for each paper (or three “I like"s and one “I wish”). To guide the length, each paragraph should be approx. 4-5 sentences in length.