Why think about presenting?
There has been abundant research of late that questions the way we use visual aspects of presentations (e.g., Powerpoint) in terms of how it helps an audience learn. This research is a reminder to consider how we present to an audience (including students).
Besides wanting to present in a way that helps an audience understand and learn the message we're trying to convey, there are issues such as accessibility (e.g, visual impairments) and typographical conventions that can make a presentation more successful.
How to present?
The Avoiding 'Death By Powerpoint' workshops (booklet below under the Guides section) bring together some research about presenting.The Presentation Tips guide (also below) summarises some of this research. Alternately, you may find Mayer's 2008 paper, Applying the science of learning: Evidence-based principles for the design of multimedia instruction, helpful.
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- Avoiding 'Death By Powerpoint': The booklet given out during the 2009 workshop series.
- Presentation Tips: Hints on helping your audience read and understand your presentation.
- Importing Tables to Powerpoint: How to import tables from Word or Excel to Powerpoint while keeping the formatting.
- Using Animation in Powerpoint: How to utilise animation schemes and custom animations in Powerpoint.