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The CDE Presentation Model

Author: Dr Alicja Syska, FHEA Learning Development Advisor for Arts & Humanities (University of Plymouth)
Description: The session is designed to simplify presentation making by dividing it into three elements that need to be considered when preparing: content (what to deliver), delivery (how to deliver it) and engagement (how to engage the audience). By the end of the session, students gain confidence in their ability to present effectively and have a better idea regarding how to share their knowledge in a way that will resonate with their audience.
Estimated activity time: 1-2 hours
Type of media: Handout/s, Slides, Powerpoint file
Licence: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0
(This resource can be freely repurposed and reused)
Category: Oral Communication
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Date: This information/resource was last updated in .


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A new and simple approach to presentation making that focuses on three key areas: C=Content, D=Delivery, and E=Engagement. The slides contain the basic elements of the model but are flexible enough to include other activities related to the respective components of the CDE model (e.g. short videos with examples or group activities).

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This session should be delivered in a dynamic way that keeps the students' attention and follows the principles of the CDE model. It is important to keep the students involved (the three exercises at the end of each section help) and to give them an opportunity to practise each element in class. The response to the session is overwhelmingly positive, with 98% of the students recommending it to their friends (University of Plymouth, 2018-19).

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