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1 Effectively Presenting Course Content Dr. John Paul Foxe Educational Developer Learning & Teaching Office

2 PowerPoint as a Tool for Presenting Course Content What NOT to do! Creating Effective PowerPoint Building Your Slides PowerPoint Best Practices Keeping Your Students Engaged

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4 Images in the background (after applying a little tasteful fading) Paragraphs of text overlaid on the images Makes the images hard to look at and the text hard to read Perfect, a lose-lose situation! Images and text do not mix

5 Could have consolidated the text in one part of the image, using the image's horizontal guiding lines The slide manages to look sloppy as well as unreadable Bonus points for misspelling "carburetor" Images and text do not mix

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7 First rule of flow charts….they should be intelligible A good PowerPoint series makes sense on its own The flow chart presented here is simply baffling, and the pictures don't help much To be fair, social networking is complicated

8 What's going where? Who's getting what? What's the difference between a one in a big black square and a one in a little red circle? What is a "follower feed?” Why are the some of the "salmon" going downstream? To be fair, social networking is complicated

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10 Colours are great for attracting an audience Stick with two or three, not six or seven Use colours consistently The colours in this "social business map" don't clarify anything A kaleidoscope of confusion

11 Why are "Social Web" and "Social Enterprise" in different colours but "Cloud/SaaS" and "On-Premise" in the same colour? Why do blue and green diamonds populate orange and white areas as well as blue and green areas? Why does "Trend" appear as two converging white areas while "Standards" appears as a single vanishing brown area? The big labels along the bottom appear in random colours that correspond to nothing else on the chart. Why? A kaleidoscope of confusion

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13 Left side, not so bad The text is in short bullet points Colours and fonts are restrained Presenter used a basic slide template Flow chart on steroids

14 Presumably the red arrows are there to explain what's going on in the maze of black arrows The red arrows are somewhat helpful, except for the jarring overlay of red on black As for the 10,000 black arrows, they probably make a point, or something, but really? Flow chart on steroids

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17 Too much text Font too small Impenetrable slab of 10- point text to provide an "executive summary” If the audience reads all the text, what is there left to say? The endless "summary"

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19 Graphs and charts are usually PowerPoint presentation gold They're visual, informative, and hard to screw up So, obviously, the more graphs and charts, the better, right? 100 graphs in one little slide

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21 Reducing paragraphs to bullet points helps your audience follow the presentation more easily This doesn't mean sticking bullet-point icons in front of paragraphs As a rule of thumb, if you have to resize your text to 12- or 10-point type to get it to fit, you have too much text Bad bullet points

22 The text is tiny The bullet points are longer than ten/twelve words each At least one of them is a full-fledged paragraph Bad bullet points

23 Creating Effective PowerPoint The first step is to think about the significance of the presentation Why does the content matter? How will you grab the audience’s attention? What do you want them to do? How will your slides help you make meaning?

24 Creating Effective PowerPoint The second step is to think about the structure A good presentation structure is: convincing memorable scalable

25 Creating Effective PowerPoint PowerPoint should serve as a visual aid PowerPoint should NOT serve as a teleprompter Slides should reinforce not repeat your words “If you wouldn’t write it on a blackboard, you shouldn’t write it on a slide”

26 Building Your Slides Don’t include too many points at once Slides with dense graphics will distract or confuse your audience There are no perfect rules to creating effective slides beyond this one: Keep it simple

27 Building Your Slides Lawrence Lessig White typewriter font on black background Short notes Bold images Purposeful use of colour

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29 PowerPoint Slides Best Practices 1.Avoid premade templates and clipart 2.Use high quality photographs or images that pop! 3.Avoid sound effects, distracting backgrounds, or gratuitous animations and transitions

30 PowerPoint Slides Best Practices 4. Pick high contrast colors for the text and background of your slides 5. Use sans-serif fonts, as they are easier to read 6. Emphasize text with italics rather than underlining

31 PowerPoint Slides Best Practices 7. Use a large font size 8. Leave a border around any text 9. Cite your sources

32 Keeping Students Engaged: Interactive PowerPoint Engage your students from the very beginning Use “real world” examples An anecdote An image A memory Anything that grounds your talk in the “right now”

33 Keeping Students Engaged: Interactive PowerPoint The Monta Method More conversational than typical PowerPoint

34 Keeping Students Engaged: Interactive PowerPoint Annotate slides during the presentation These can be saved along with the PowerPoint

35 Keeping Students Engaged: Interactive PowerPoint QR Codes Link slides to – Additional material – Library catalog records – Online surveys – Full lecture notes – An assignment

36 PowerPoint for Student Presentation “pecha kucha” 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide Used to summarize topics Explain in a compelling, creative and comprehensive way Speed can become a proxy for enthusiasm

37 Summary What NOT to do!

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39 Summary What NOT to do! Creating Effective PowerPoint Building Your Slides PowerPoint Best Practices Keeping Your Students Engaged

40 Resources Delwiche, A. & Ananthanarayanan, V. (2004). Pedagogical Value of PowerPoint – Recommendations. EDUCAUSE. Retrieved from http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/SWR0416.pdf http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/SWR0416.pdf Jones, J.B. (2009, November). Challenging the Presentation Paradigm (in 6 minutes, 40 seconds): Pecha Kucha. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/challenging-the- presentation-paradigm-in-6-minutes-40-seconds-pecha-kucha/22807http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/challenging-the- presentation-paradigm-in-6-minutes-40-seconds-pecha-kucha/22807 Kapterev, A. (2007). Death by PowerPoint [slide show]. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/thecroaker/death-by-powerpoint http://www.slideshare.net/thecroaker/death-by-powerpoint Mann, M. (2007, August 23). How I Made My Presentations a Little Better. 43 Folders. Retrieved from http://www.43folders.com/2007/08/23/better- presentationshttp://www.43folders.com/2007/08/23/better- presentations Reynolds, G. (2005, October 2). The "Monta Method." Presentation Zen. Retrieved from http://presentationzen.blogs.com/presentationzen/2005/10/the_monta_m etho.html http://presentationzen.blogs.com/presentationzen/2005/10/the_monta_m etho.html Reynolds, G. (2005, October 7). The "Lessig Method" of presentation. Presentation Zen. Retrieved from http://presentationzen.blogs.com/presentationzen/2005/10/the_lessig_me th.html http://presentationzen.blogs.com/presentationzen/2005/10/the_lessig_me th.html Schwartz, M. (2011, July 7). Fun with QR Codes. LTO Blog. Retrieved from http://lto.blog.ryerson.ca/2011/07/07/fun-with-qr-codes/ http://lto.blog.ryerson.ca/2011/07/07/fun-with-qr-codes/


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