Native American and Immigration EdCafe Reflection

Posted on May 29, 2013 by

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Compared to other presentation methods, EdCafe has to be one of my favorite. Usually, the presentation stage of a project is dreaded. On one hand, people feel the need to rush and stress out over large scale presentations, and the audience dreads having to sit through a pantheon of presentations that they may or may not be interested in. With EdCafe, both of these drawbacks are completely accounted for. The intimate nature of the presentation relieves some (if not all) of the pressure and audience members

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have some choice in what topics they learn about. I enjoyed being able to choose between immigration projects and native american projects, and determining what I would be learning more about. For some, this might seem tedious and a needless exercise, but for me this enriched the experience and made something that could have seemed like a chore a truly pleasurable experience.

In my opinion, informal presentations are highly superior to the standard powerpoint presentations in front of large audiences. A smaller group takes pressure off of the presenter and allows for people to be more comfortable in an environment that would normally be deemed stressful to some individuals. I actually enjoy the presentation stage of each project, but seeing that the presenters in the sessions I attended were more comfortable made each session more enjoyable.

I find that in informal presentations, I can customize the presentations based on the individual audience members in attendance. If audience members had topics that related to Native Americans, then my information would be slightly geared more towards the history of Native Americans and the history of “Red Power”, whereas a group with primarily immigration topics were treated in a different manner. I think that the smaller sessions allowed for more ideas to be discussed and for each person in attendance to gain more from the sessions.

In this particular style of presentation, I think that I needed to learn how to anticipate the discussion a little better. For the most part, my presentation and questions took up most (if not all) of the time during the presentation sessions. This, coupled with explaining visuals I had with me, meant that my sessions were timed down to the last few minutes, and that discussion was not necessarily a main feature of the session. On the review sheets, I noticed that some people said that additional discussion would have been nice. I think that, although I can always find more to say about my topics that I am researching, I need to learn to allow time for people to flesh out information and draw conclusions through discussions in these smaller forms of presentations.

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Image Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/okfn/6648014933/

Author: Open Knowledge Foundation (okfn)

Taken: August 24, 2010

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