One of the skills I try to help my students with is the ability to make an effective presentation with good eye contact and without reading from their notes. Dr. Miren Ivankovic (Anderson University) uses public speaking opportunities as a way for his students to earn bonus points. As he notes:
To earn the points, the student is required to come in front of the class and tell a story. Usually, the first time we do it, students can choose their own topic and later in a semester I either announce a topic prior to class, or, to make it really demanding, announce a topic once the student is in front of a class. Grading varies from only me deciding on a bonus from 0% to 3% points, to the whole class submitting a grade like a ballot vote and then I average all the numbers. The grade is based on the following points: the quality of vocal presentation, eye contact, body language, the topic discussed and the level of confidence the student has while telling the story.
While I'm usually not a fan of bonus points, I think this is a win-win assignment!