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I am working on a rubric to grade a presentation, and I am only allowed 4 very short criteria.

After a lot of thinking, the 4 I have chosen are:

  1. Organized & Easy to Follow
  2. Interesting / Useful
  3. Delivery
  4. Overall

My question isn't really focused on why I chose these criteria (although suggestions would be appreciated), but more so on the "easy to follow". I am trying to find a shorter, more precise, way to say that the presentation flowed well in a logical and comprehensible manner. Any suggestions?

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@Mitch Certainly a possibility, thanks for your input. I think it's just a little too vague. – seyelent Dec 21 '13 at 15:30
Coherence maybe? – Jeremy Dec 21 '13 at 16:30
@Jeremy Yup, that's so far my favorite option. Thanks. – seyelent Dec 21 '13 at 16:43
Would the word intuitive suffice? – Mack Jan 3 '14 at 21:00

If you are looking for something concise, I would like to suggest the word:

1. easy to perceive, understand, or interpret.

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Close, but I still don't feel it captures the element of it being clear and in some sort of logical order. Thanks though! – seyelent Dec 21 '13 at 16:42
The presenter's organizational skills lent his talk great CLARITY: thefreedictionary.com/clarity – Wayfaring Stranger Dec 21 '13 at 18:11
Then I think I would use "clear and simple". – dkretz Dec 22 '13 at 0:54


I like it because it implies that somebody following this could repeat it easily and implies direct motion through the steps. Essentially, you have created a path and they just need to go through it. Things like coherence and concise are more value judgement on what you have produced rather than a quality of the path of the final product. I think it also implies that the end user should approach the path with as few ambiguities as possible.

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For the first criterion, perhaps accessible

easy to appreciate or understand

For the second effective

attractive or impressive, and producing a definite effect

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Your categories lack parallelism: they should be all nouns or all adjectives. Try:

  1. Clarity

    "Clarity" is the right word to cover this criterion, I believe. A poorly organized presentation will necessarily be unclear. Poorly explained thoughts would also be unclear. Insufficient content would also hurt clarity.

  2. Relevance & Usefulness

    "Interesting" could refer to either the subject matter or the delivery style. Since Delivery is covered as a separate criterion, you only want to rate the subject matter here. Therefore, I think "relevance" is a better term.

  3. Delivery
  4. Miscellaneous

    "Overall" is not a criterion; it is the sum of all factors. You want a category for "all except the three criteria above", so "miscellaneous" is more appropriate.

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+1 for pointing out the lack of parallelism. That bugged me right off the bat. – JLG Dec 22 '13 at 0:17
Very good point, thanks! I realized the awkwardness after I typed, but didn't want to change such a fundamental aspect of the question. Thanks again. – seyelent Dec 22 '13 at 1:47

From the Collins Online Dictionary:

adj: able to be followed.

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Why don't you simply use the word structure for the whole of point 1?

You could then go for something like:

  • structure
  • utility
  • delivery
  • overall
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I actually really like that, thanks! I think I'll have to combine it though, so like "structure and coherence", but I like "structure" more than "organization" in some respects. Utility is good, but I'm not sure everyone would immediately understand what I mean by that right away - others will use this rubric too. – seyelent Dec 21 '13 at 16:47

Albeit boring, good 'ol fashioned understandable could work.

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