The CDE Presentation Model

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Types of media: Webpage


Learning and teaching Development Unit (Brunel University)


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


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This information/resource was last updated in June 2021.

This post was originally added to LearnHigher on: July 22, 2019

About this resource

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).


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