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Archive for the ‘Presentations’ Category

Just a Suggestion

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

From a post by Tom Mucciolo on the Indezine blog.

Designing to the Delivery

“Imagine a presenter who is challenged by verbal fillers (ums, uhs) when trying to paraphrase text, giving the appearance of nervousness. A slide designer could create more graphic images, data-driven charts, perhaps interspersed video, to allow the speaker to “talk around” the visual imagery (cues) with little or no text on the screen.”

The described approach will only work if the presenter knows the material well. Instead of reading a slide, create a visually rich slide that has all the information the speaker needs to convey a message. Less is more.

Read the full post called Slides and Speakers at:

What We Learned in “School”: Stories from Three Training and Learning Conferences

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Join the National Library of Medicine Training Center (NTC) trainers as they share “aha moments,” tips, techniques and research-based recommendations from three recent professional development conferences.  We will discuss:

  • Presentation skills, including better PowerPoint design
  • Tips for creating participant-centered training activities
  • Distance learning recommendations

Date:  November 7, 2012

Time:  3 – 4 pm ET

Place:  Adobe Connect; web address will be sent to registrants

Register here

Visualizing Data

Friday, September 14th, 2012

You’ve done the work; you’ve collected the data; now what? In recent years, there has been an outpouring  of tools to corral data and present it in a human-friendly format (ex. Infographics). A recent article in Information Today provides a run down of many different options based on the type of information you are trying to present.

Teacher Disposition

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

In a recent presentation I attended there was a discussion was about about two groups of students, one undergraduate, the other graduate, who were asked to name the 10 most important qualities of behavior of the teacher during an online course. The top two qualities named they named?

Number one: Communication (that we understand)
Number two: Instructor disposition (we might need help with that)

Teacher disposition can be defined as having empathy, positive view of self, positive view of others, honesty, genuineness, meaningful purpose and vision.

Teacher disposition may lead to better student success with increased learning outcomes.

How do we make sure we are demonstrating the desired disposition during an online course?

Some key qualities:
• Be very present from the start.
• Personalize to each student.
• When a question is asked respond as quickly as possible, if possible immediately.
• Use the person’s name when communicating and if possible write a personal note.
• Provide positive feedback.
• Your tone can and will be detected. Present with positive, high-energy.

Don’t Let this be Your Presentation

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

A very humorous (and sad) look at PowerPoint presentations.

Tools for Better Presentations

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The American Evaluation Association [] is creating a resource with presentation guidelines to help you “prepare, develop, and deliver awesome presentations that will better engage your audience and make your content stick.”

To view the tools they have posted, visit