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Designing Effective PowerPoint Presentations

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  • 1. Make it Big (Text)  This is Arial 12  This is Arial 18  This is Arial 24  This is Arial 32  This is Arial 36 This is Arial 44
  • 2. Make it Big (Text)  This is Arial 12  This is Arial 18  This is Arial 24  This is Arial 32  This Too Small is Arial 36 This is Arial 44
  • 3. Make It Big (How to Estimate)  Look at it from 2 metres away 2m
  • 4. Keep It Simple (Text)  Too many colours  Too Many Fonts and Styles  The 6 x 7 rule  No more than 6 lines per slide  No more than 7 words per line
  • 5. Keep It Simple (Text) Instructional Technology: A complex integrated process involving people, procedures, ideas, devices, and organization, for analyzing problems and devising, implementing, evaluating, and managing solutions to those problems in situations in which learning is purposive and controlled (HMRS 5th ed.) Too detailed !
  • 6. Keep It Simple (Text) Instructional Technology: A process involving people, procedures & tools for solutions to problems in learning (HMRS 5th ed.) Much Simpler
  • 7. Keep It Simple (Picture)  Art work may distract your audience • Artistry does not substitute for content
  • 8. Make It Clear (Capitalisation)  ALL CAPITAL LETTERS ARE DIFFICULT TO READ  Upper and lower case letters are easier
  • 9. Make It Clear (Fonts) Sanserif Z clear Serif Z busy
  • 10. Make It Clear (Fonts) Serif fonts are difficult to read on screen  Sanserif fonts are clearer  Italics are difficult to read on screen  Normal or bold fonts are clearer  Underlines may signify hyperlinks  Instead, use colours to emphasise 
  • 11. Make It Clear (Numbers) Use numbers for lists with sequence For example: How to put an elephant into a fridge? 1. Open the door of the fridge 2. Put the elephant in 3. Close the door
  • 12. Make It Clear (Bullets) Use bullets to show a list without  Priority  Sequence  Hierarchy, …..
  • 13. Make It Clear (Colours) Use contrasting colours  Light on dark vs dark on light  Use complementary colours 
  • 14. Make It Clear (Contrast) Use contrasting colours  Light on dark vs dark on light high contrast  Use complementary colours  low contrast
  • 15. Make It Clear (Contrast) Use contrasting colours  Light on dark vs dark on light  Use complementary colours  This is light on dark
  • 16. Make It Clear (Contrast) Use contrasting colours  Light on dark vs dark on light  Use complementary colours  This is dark on light
  • 17. Make It Clear (Complement)  Use contrasting colours • Light on dark vs dark on light • Use complementary colours These colours do not complement
  • 18. Make It Clear (Complement)  Use contrasting colours • Light on dark vs dark on light • Use complementary colours These colours complement
  • 19. Make It Clear (Size)  Size implies importance
  • 20. Make It Clear (Size) Size implies importance
  • 21. Be Consistent  Differences draw attention  Differences may imply importance  Use surprises to attract not distract
  • 22. Be Consistent Differences draw attention Differences may imply importance  Use surprises to attract not distract  This tick draws attention
  • 23. Be Consistent Differences draw attention  o Differences may imply importance Use surprises to attract not distract These differences distract!
  • 24. Be Consistent Differences draw attention • Differences may imply importance  Use surprises to attract not distract  This implies importance
  • 25. Be Consistent Differences draw attention • Differences may imply importance  Use surprises to attract not distract  Confusing differences!
  • 26. In Summary Big  Simple  Clear  Progressive  Consistent 
  • 27. Some Final Words
  • 28. When Presenting Speak loudly and clearly with fluctuation  Direct your words to all aspects of the room  Maintain eye contact with your audience  Ask questions of your audience   (if applicable)  Don’t read the slides word-for-word, use them for reference
  • 29. Closing Remarks  Practice your presentation before a neutral audience  Ask for feedback Be particular about the time allotted for presentation  Leave time for questions 