Presentation & Delivery: Eye Contact

In-depth rubric explanations, examples, and video exemplars.


Highest Quality Rating (3 points)

Written Example: Eye contact is consistently directed at audience by the person speaking.

Presenters do not look down when they speak, they look outward towards the audience and only take a few moments to glance at their notes or their visual.

Mid-Quality Rating (2 points)

Written Example: Eye contact is directed at audience about half the time by the person speaking.

The presenters are not consistent with eye contact throughout the presentation.  

Lowest Quality Rating (1 point)

Written Example: Very little, if any, eye contact directed at audience by the person speaking.

Students look down, look away, or completely rely on their notes and visual aids, thus, rarely making eye contact with audience members. Reading directly off of a manuscript is a clear example of a 1.

Video Example: The presenters’ eyes were directed outward, toward the audience the entire time. Presenters did not look down during their speech.

Video Example: Although note cards can be a helpful resource, if note cards become distracting or take away from the presenter’s ability to connect with the audience they are a hinderance, as seen in this example. The students look down often and are unable to maintain consistent eye contact.  

Video Example: The presenter is reading directly from her paper and does not look up during her entire portion of the presentation.