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What are Some Ideas for Public Speaking/Presentations with GoREACT?

Some of the key elements used by many instructors in their GoReact exercises include:

Peer Critique. By far, the most widely used feature is the Peer Critique option on activities.  For presentations given in class or group environments, most will record the videos live in order to allow for live peer critique. Student presenters log into their GoReact dashboard and join each recording session, where they can comment along with the instructor on the presentation.  (For additional information about feedback options see our guide.)


Student presenters report exceptionally high satisfaction marks for both GoReact and their courses/instructors in general when peer feedback is used. They also report positively on the reinforcement of key principles that comes from watching for desirable elements in their peers' presentations.

All Comments are public. This allows all students to see everyone else's feedback and is typically used when you want to spark a discussion.  

Timeline ratings. The "thumbs up/down" ratings line runs on a 1-7 scale, and is timed along the presentation. It results in a line much like the CNN Town Hall/Debate ratings we see on television. It's particularly useful for longer presentations, to see where audience interest peaks and wanes.

Rubric. Many faculty will find the new rubric feature to be exceptionally beneficial, since it is built into the feedback tool. This provides an excellent opportunity to give structured feedback along with the unstructured nature of the comments.

How Should I Organize Peer Feedback?

University testing has shown that a single reviewer may struggle to provide both qualitative (text comment) and quantitative (timeline rating) feedback simultaneously. 

If you want both types of feedback from peers (or any reviewer), one successful method is to assign a group of reviewers to provide text comments, another group to do timeline ratings, and perhaps others (if you have enough and are reviewing live) to only listen and ask questions at the end. 

Another method for organizing feedback is to “round robin” various presenters.  For example, have groups A & B review the presentation for group C.  Or, have individual presenters peer review the “next 3 presenters” on an alphabetical list of the group.

We encourage you to try different structures and share your feedback with us!

How About Online Public Speaking Classes?

GoReact  is particularly effective for online public speaking classes, and can really make the difference for such a course. Students can upload their speeches after self-recording, and all of the above-listed tools can be available to make it an engaging experience.

Peer feedback is just as useful in online classes, and can be an excellent tool for facilitating student engagement with each other.

One nice option that really adds a personal touch is to use the Video Comment feature. For example, have the peers give text comments during the speech, then add a Video Comment at the end that allows them to see and hear from each other. Instructors should also consider the same option to help them connect better with their remote students.

Any Suggestions for Sharing Webcams among a Department?

Since GoReact is portable, you don't need built-in cameras - you can use it in any room with an internet connection. Work with your department and IT staff to determine how many webcams you might need (i.e. how many might be in use at once).  We suggest a “camera bag” that can be checked out, consisting of the following:

  • Webcam (with stand, if needed)
  • 10’ USB extension cable (1 or more)
  • 10’ or longer Ethernet extension cable

The padded bag we show on our Suggested Equipment list is a safe, portable, inexpensive bag for picking up a camera and cables from your department office.  The entire package can cost less than $100, depending on the webcam selected.

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