Presenting Your Research Confidently

Have you ever wondered how you can present your research results in a more confident manner? In this course you will learn how to improve both your preparation and your presentation skills. You will discover how to design your visuals in the clearest and most appropriate way, structure your presentation correctly, get and keep the audience’s attention, make good use of your voice and body language, and handle questions from the audience.

I. (Ingrid) de Beer, MA
Education Officer at Defensity College, Ministry of Defence
Quick overview
  • 4 weeks - 4 hrs / wk
  • Academic Certificate
  • 0.5 EC
  • Online
  • English
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Enrollment closes 08/01/2024 290 days left to apply
Course description

Practice by presenting your own research results

A useful feature of this course is that you will be able to practice presenting your own research results, and will get feedback to improve your presentation. This will enable you to make adjustments that will render your talk more effective. Also, you will be less nervous when giving your next presentation, as you will already have had an opportunity to overcome any weaknesses. By presenting your research results confidently, you will be able to attract and retain your audience’s interest, thereby enabling you to make your point more effectively.

Please note: participants in this course are required to hand in assignments every week, deadlines will be on Thursdays and Saturdays.

We strongly encourage you to have a presentation ready before the start of the course. This could be a presentation you’ve given before or one that is part of your current research project. Having one ready means you do not have to work on the content so much, because you have already decided on that. You can then fully focus on improving your presenting skills.

Of course you can also participate in the course if you do not have a talk ready. In that case, we advise you to schedule in more preparation time.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course on presenting your research, you will be able to:
• Structure a presentation correctly, and know which information elements to include
• Give a successful presentation in an academic setting
In particular, you will be able to:
• Design clear, interesting visuals
• Ensure a good rapport with the audience
• Use your voice in such a way that the audience keeps listening
• Handle the audience’s questions politely and appropriately
• Use an enlarged academic vocabulary
• Understand and overcome your own strengths and weaknesses in presenting in English

Course topics

• Getting started
Information elements to include in an academic presentation; structuring your presentation; creating an effective opening and ending; performing a presenting-related task
• Creating a rapport with the audience
Language to use in a presentation; designing interesting visuals; performing a presenting-related task. Peer reviews will be used.
• Delivery
How to use your voice; body language; effective use of gestures; performing a presenting-related task. Peer reviews will be used.
• Final issues
Finalizing your presentation (including via peer and teacher feedback); revisiting your learning objectives; dealing with questions from the audience politely and appropriately; performing a presenting-related task; evaluating the course.


To successfully complete this Presenting Your Research Confidently course, you need to participate actively in the discussion forums, provide peer-feedback and complete the learning unit assignments, including:

• Your presentation (75% of the final mark, of which half will be awarded for your use of language and half for the content)
• 3 presentation assignments (25% of the final mark)

The deadline for submitting your final presentation will be published as soon as possible.

Requirements & material

To enroll in this course, you need:
• A Bachelor’s degree
• Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing

In this course we will refer to the book Dynamic Presentations by Mark Powell for background information. Please make sure you have access to this book before starting the course. You can find it here on the internet (ISBN-10: 0521150043).

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