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Writing Center: Checklist For Multimodal Assignments

A guide to information to help you research and write more effectively.

Checklist For Multimodal Assignments


  • The thesis or main point can be quickly identified and is clearly stated
  • Your name and the names of team members are listed and stated clearly 
    • The name of the institution is included if necessary 
  • The title is presented at the beginning and clearly conveys the topic of the assignments
  • Begins with a strong opening that draws the audience in 
  • Supporting points are stated clearly throughout the presentation 
    • When possible, supporting points are written in headings, subheadings, etc. 
  • All information and images from outside sources are cited
  • The major take-away of the assignment is persistent and easy to grasp
  • Relates to the audience by getting to know them and presenting what they want to hear
  • Information is presented logically and operates almost like a story with a logical flow
    • Contains a clear beginning (where you introduce the topic), middle (where you discuss the topic, and end (where you summarize and explain the take-away)
  • All terms that needed to be clarified for the audience are defined early
  • Leaves time in the ending for the audience to ask questions or provides a way for the audience to contact you with questions

Visual Aids

  • The resolution of visual aids are clear and easy to see
  • Brief text accompanies images and explains how the images are relevant to the assignment
  • If the assignment is a primarily visual medium, the text is kept to a minimal 
    • Visuals, such as images and graphics, do most of the “talking” 
  • Visual aids, such as transitions, are kept to a minimum and enhance the presentation without distraction
  • Theme and/or background are appropriate for the topic, easy to see, and do not distract
  • Graphics are appropriate in size and color and support the presentation 
  • The layout is visually appealing and fits the message of the presentation

Auditory Aids

  • The audio can clearly be heard 
  • The audio does not contain long pauses or filler words, such as “um” or “like”
  • The voice of audio is confident and speaks with authority
  • The audio was clearly practiced and revised multiple times before completion 


  • The text can clearly be seen
  • The text is written in an appropriate font 
  • The font and font sizes are consistent and coherent throughout the assignment 
  • The text is free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors
  • All text included is relevant to the assignment


  • The presenter is excited and ethanoic about the topic
  • The presenter speaks with confidence and authority
  • The presenter looks at the audience and typically avoids looking at the screen excessviely 
  • The presenter explains visual aids that appear on the screen, especially equations and graphs
  • The presenter pauses when necessary for the audience to take in important information 
    • Pauses are not longer than 3 seconds
  • The presenter avoids filler words, such as “um” or “like”
  • The presenter is relaxed and comfortable throughout the presentation
  • The presenter clearly practiced presentation ahead of time and is well-versed on the topic