George Mason University

Teach One Assignment Home



In this course, students will learn using the paradigm of learn one, do one, teach one. Each student is expected to not only learn the concepts in the course, and do the assignments, but also teach a portion of the course. We rely on a method typically used in training of medical residents: "Learn one, do one, teach one." The best way to learn a topic is to teach it. This active participation in teaching helps students learn the concepts in the course in more depth. Students who teach a topic have a deeper understanding of the material. Students are expected to teach by preparing a brief presentation.  Post your video on Youtube (or other similar public environments) and then email the link to other students.

Required Review

 Student's videos should be reviewed by the instructor prior to release to others.  The video should be released to others not later than the day of the lecture.

Required Presence

Students who prepare a video for their Teach One, must also be present during the session when the related lecture/assignment is taught.  They must work with other students to advise them on how to solve the assignment.

Sign Up for Two Topics

Students select two topics to teach.  The two student teachers should not duplicate each other's work. You can teach about any aspect within the topic.  Typically students teach how to do the assignments. 

Alternative to Public Posting

In general, posting the video establishes your professional credentials in the social web and is encouraged by the instructor and the program. Some students may have reservations. Students who do not wish to post their video to a public domain should contact the instructor for an alternative.  These alternatives include posting under an alias, post and remove the video after class ends, or convert the video to flash and email the flash file to the students in class.   Do not email the video. 

Steps in Video Preparation

In several assignments you are asked to prepare videos.  This section describes how to do the narration and upload to the web.

  1. A microphone is necessary to narrate your slides.  Please do not rely on built in microphones for portable computers. Use a microphone that sites on your head so that it does not move away from your mouth if you move your body.
  2. You can capture screen shots and insert it into your slide presentation using Command and Print Screen keys.  MAC Users►
  3. Narrate the slides in one sitting starting from first slide till the last.  You can write out the sentences you are going to say inside your slides so it is in front of you when you narrate. Do not narrate the slides separately and then attach them into a cohesive presentation.  Narrate► 
  4. After narration go through the slides and remove excess words.  Do not keep sentences, keep only minimal set of key words that guide the presentation.  Two or three keywords from each sentence should be kept. 
  5. Set compression levels high enough to be understood in a noisy room. The less compression the better.
  6. Convert the narrated slides to a video format that can be uploaded to the web.  
  7. Upload your narrated slides. We prefer U-Tube.  Author Stream► U-Tube►
  8. Put within the description of the file upload the following statement:  "This presentation was prepared as part of the HAP xxx course on xxx taught by xxx at George Mason University  Department of Health Administration and Policy."  Add a sentence about you to the description, e.g. xxx is a student in xxx field graduating in xxx..  Keep in mind that the work you are uploading will remain on the web for years to come and will help shape your career. You can cite the URL of your presentation in your resume.
  9. Share your narrated slides publicly so all students in the class can view it.  Use blackboard to email the link to the video to everyone in class. 

Guide for Effective Presentation

  1. Use appropriate content. Organize your videos so that it includes the voice of the customers, typically take a brief section from customers' comments on the web. 
  2. No talking heads or images of yourself should be included.
  3. Have a consistent style (the same font, capitalization policy, color, and size through out the video).
  4. Make one, and only one, point per slide.  Slides that have list of items should be broken into several slides with 1 item in each.
  5. Do not write sentences in slide, write a few words that could guide the viewer.  After narration, return and reduce all sentences to a few words
  6. Make sure all texts on slides are readable, even after compression to fit the video requirements.  A U-tube video reduces Power Point slides to 1/4 of their original size.  Phone views have additional reductions.  Keep the font size larger than 36 points.
  7. Be brief.  Do not exceed 5 to 10 minutes. Assume that the viewers is up to date in his/her background and understands what you are talking about.  If you need more time, make multiple videos. 

Rubric for Evaluation of Your Presentation

You will receive a grade of 100% for your teaching efforts, if sufficient number of students report that your video, or your in-class instruction, helped them.


Unacceptable (0%)

Exemplary (100%)

On time and non-duplicative presentation (10 Points Possible)

More than 1 week late or presenting redundant topic

Presentation on time and not redundant.

Visually appealing presentation (10 Points Possible)

Fonts are too small. 

Too many words in slides.

Voice is poor quality recording.

Too many points per slide. 

The presentation is exceptionally visually appealing.  Imagery is utilized well.  Color is used judiciously.

Accurate presentation (10 Points).

The presentation does not include information that is accurate, relevant and effectively provides instruction to others.

The presentation exhibits excellent information that is accurate, relevant and effectively provides instruction to others

Liked by peer (70 Points Possible)

Not present during the session when the topic is discussed.

Peer do not select the work as helpful

The presentation evokes positive ratings and comments from other classmates and timely response from author


Copyright 1996 Farrokh Alemi, Ph.D. Most recent revision 01/14/2024.