Effective presentations are a strong cornerstone of teaching practice. Well designed and well thought presentations form strong mnemonic connections for learners, and act as an experiential guide through conceptual frameworks.
- Create accessibly. Use the accessibility checker in all Microsoft Office products to determine if course materials are accessible. Adobe .pdf’s need to be double checked. The best materials are simple and clean.
- Consider design elements. Effectively designed presentations create affective engagement and entice the viewer into the activity.
- Bring in variety. PowerPoint has been around for a while, but there’s no need to rely solely on it. Try out some of the suggested apps below.
- Free yourself from the podium. Consider using a presentation clicker or a stylus pen to move forward in a presentation. Alternatively, try using the interactive projector or connecting your Surface or tablet to the projector wirelessly.
- Engage your audience in the conversation. Use polling tools to make presentations interactive and inclusive.
- Practice “active lecturing.” Use active learning strategies peppered with periods of presenting.
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