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  • 1. PowerPointlessness Cathy Rodriguez Sarah Silva Rebecca Gould iTAC 509 Hale Library 532-4918
  • 2. Overview¡  Examples: How to ruin a presentation¡  Instruction and Presentation Tips¡  Technical Tips¡  Questions and Answers
  • 3. Instruction and Presentation Tips¡  Stick to the basics¡  Focus on the main point(s)¡  Simplify, simplify, simplify¡  Divide content into chunks¡  Eliminate distractions¡  Make it interesting & interactive
  • 4. Stick to the basics…
  • 5. Basics about fonts¡  AVOID ALL CAPITAL LETTERS¡  Use upper and lower case letters¡  Sans-serif fonts are easier to read¡  Italics are difficult to read¡  Use normal or bold fonts¡  Avoid overuse of underlines
  • 6. Basics about fonts S S Sans-serif Serif
  • 7. Basics about fonts¡  This is Verdana 12¡  This is Verdana 18¡  This is Verdana 24¡  This is Verdana 32¡  This is Verdana 36¡ This is Verdana 44¡ This is Verdana 56
  • 8. Basics about color¡  Use eye-pleasing colors¡  Use high contrast¡  Use a complementary color scheme
  • 9. Focus on the main point(s)…
  • 10. Computers and Mistakes¡  Computers rarely make mistakes. Most computer mistakes are the result of l  No procedures/directions. l  Inappropriate processing instructions. Too Busy l  Inaccurate l  Glitches/bugs/errors in the program code. l  Poor systems design. Types of computer- related mistakes
  • 11. Common computer errors¡  No procedures/directions¡  Inappropriate processing instructions Focused¡  Inaccurate¡  Glitches/bugs/errors in the program code¡  Poor systems design
  • 12. Types of computer mistakes¡  Data entry or capture errors¡  Errors in computer programs¡  Handling files Focused¡  Inadequate control of output¡  Inadequate control of environmental conditions
  • 13. Simplify…
  • 14. Simplify¡  Use few colors¡  Use limited fonts and styles¡  Use numbers for lists with sequence¡  Use few transitions¡  Limit the use of sound¡  Design your own template or edit one
  • 15. Simple exponential smoothing St = ά At + (1-ά)St-1 ά =judgment factor (.1-.3) St = new forecast At = last demand St-1 = last forecast New forecast = judgment factor (last year’s actual) +(1-judgement factor) (last year’s budget)
  • 16. Simple exponential smoothing St = ά At + (1-ά)St-1 ά =judgment factor (.1-.3) St = new forecast At = last demand St-1 = last forecast
  • 17. Use simple graphs and tables
  • 18. 90 80-9080 70-8070 60-7060 50-6050 40-5040 30-4030 20-3020 North 10-2010 0-10 0 East 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr Figure 1. Quarterly percent earnings by region
  • 19. 9080706050 East40 West North3020100 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr Figure 1. Quarterly percent earnings by region
  • 20. Divide content into chunks…
  • 21. Learning StylesThe analytical learning style tends toview information as bounded, objective,and isolated. The relational learningstyle views information as embedded ina larger context and as inherentlyunbounded and subjective. Cohen, 1969
  • 22. Two Learning StylesThe analytical learning style tends to view information as bounded, objective, and isolated.The relational learning style views information as embedded in a larger context and as inherently unbounded and subjective. Cohen, 1969
  • 23. Learning Styles Analytical Relational Focus on detail. Focus on global. Impersonal materials. Social contexts. Abstract ideas. Verbal presentation. Relevance unnecessary. Relevance important. Independent opinion. Consider other opinions. Sequential/structured. Improvisational/intuitive. Persistent regardless Need stimulating work. of interest.
  • 24. Learning Styles•  Analytical - Focus on detail•  Relational – Total picture
  • 25. Eliminate distractions…
  • 26. TO SUMMARIZE¡  How we view information: l  This view of information is how we view the world and its contents and then what we do about that information. l  The logical view of information focuses on how we need to arrange information in the physical world and the virtual world.¡  This is a collection of information about the world and its surroundings.¡  The dictionary provides the structure by which we organize material and make sense of the world around us.
  • 27. Make it interesting & interactive…
  • 28. Technical Tips ● Making a master slide ● Adding transitions, animation, and sound ● Adding interactivity --the blank slide --annotating a slide ● Printing ● and more…
  • 29. Where to go for help?
  • 30. In summary…¡  Remember the basics – font, color¡  Use techniques to focus attention¡  Keep it simple¡  Organize information in chunks¡  Get rid of distractions¡  Keep the material interesting and include interactivity

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