Prompt 8+9: Presentation Critiques
Overall I was very impressed with the presentations of the honors groups. They all demonstrated an in-depth understanding of their researched material, and they did an exceptional job covering multiple issues related to their more focused topic.
The first group: Universal Primary Education in Somalia-
I enjoyed the layout and aesthetics of this presentation more than anything. The photographs chosen did a good job at portraying the drastic situation happening in the country. The group did a good job outlining the main issues in the powerpoint, and further discussing and expanding on their ideas during their presentation. I was also impressed because the group managed to obtain one of the educational computers being used by programs they researched. i feel that this shows how well this group was engaged in their topic.
Although the group did an excellent job showing the opportunities available to ensure universal primary education, but it seemed a little too optimistic considering the history of African countries embracing reformations to improve their society. I feel that the group could have gone more in-depth in analyzing aspects such as the cost of these programs, and who needs to set forth initiative and cooperation so that these goals are realized. Overall, the thought of the county being ready to embrace these reforms should have been further addressed, but the presentation was thorough and very good nonetheless.
The next group: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability focusing on Riverside Plaza apartments-
Like the first group, I was very pleased with the range of research, the quality of information, and the matter in which it was presented was all great. I especially enjoyed this group because the focused on a subject I could very easily relate too. My group also chose environmental sustainability, so I was aware of the purpose of the goal and issues relating to it, but we focused on China. So it was very interesting to see how this Millennium Development goal applied to local development. I was also quite impressed with the case-study this group did on Riverside Plaza. Although it is very close to me, prior to this presentation I knew nothing about it, so it was very interesting to learn the history and other aspects of the buildings. The more the group discussed their ideas, the more I was impressed with their proposals to improve Riverside Plaza. Having done my own research on the proposals to ensure environmental sustainability internationally, I was familiar with concepts the group discussed. I felt that the were very reasonable and well presented. This group did a great job overall.