The CDE Presentation Model

Resource Duration:

120 minutes

Types of media:



Learning and Teaching Development Unit


Brunel University London

Additonal Author(s):

Dr Alicja Syska, Learning Development Advisor for Arts & Humanities


A website hosting a number a number of staff and student resources to support the development of oral communication

A new and simple approach to presentation making that focuses on three key areas: C=Content, D=Delivery, and E=Engagement. The slides contain the basic elements of the model but are flexible enough to include other activities related to the respective components of the CDE model (e.g. short videos with examples or group activities).

Contributor’s comments on the use of this resource:

This session should be delivered in a dynamic way that keeps the students’ attention and follows the principles of the CDE model. It is important to keep the students involved (the three exercises at the end of each section help) and to give them an opportunity to practise each element in class. The response to the session is overwhelmingly positive, with 98% of the students recommending it to their friends (University of Plymouth, 2018-19).


Date modified:

This resource was last updated on 08/04/2023

Date added:

This resource was published on 22/07/2019

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