Personal Presentation Trainer

Presentation skills are considered a crucial 21st Century Skill.
Nevertheless, designing effective learning environments fostering
presentation skills appear to be a challenge since these environments require adequate opportunities for practice and feedback. Therefore, this project focuses on developing and testing an app, named Personal Presentation Trainer, in order to provide students limitless opportunities to rehearse and receive quality-rich feedback.


This project focuses on the development of an application for the smartphone aimed to foster students’ presentation skills by making use of automatically generated feedback - on posture and gestures - irrespective of time and place. Adopting this app in current curricula might release the workload of teachers, if students are able to individually practice and receive feedback without the intervention of an external human, feedback source. As a consequence, teachers could pay more attention to students’ learning and reflection processes.


This project aims to deliver the following results:

  • An app allowing students to develop their presentation skills irrespective of time and place,
  • A validated feedback model focusing on posture & gestures while presenting
  • A research publication on the effects of the app within educational practice.


01 September 2020 - 01 September 2022


In the first phase of the project, the app Personal Presentation Trainer will
be developed. During this period, a validated feedback model is being
constructed aimed to provide students with valuable information that will
support them in developing their presentation skills. Subsequently, the
application is applied and tested in five different domains of various higher
education institutions.


Student of the teacher education institution (HU): “It’s like being somewhere else, a full theater hall is quite impressive. Also relevant to notice: you can compare your own speaking style with experienced presenters ”(De Volkskrant, 2018).



This project is part of a larger research program aimed at developing and
studying the use of innovative technologies to develop students’
presentation skills. Aims of the project relate to developing learning
environments that are:

  • Personalized
  • Can be used just-in-time
  • Deliver opportunities to practice and receive feedback on students’ presentation skills.

HU researchers involved in the research

Related research groups


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