Think back to presentations you have seen. What are come characteristics of an effective presentation? What are some characteristics of less effective presentation?We want to give you tools to help you put together an effective presentation. Why do you want to have a good presentation? Here are a few reasons:--Get people interested in your work--Effectively communicate your work--Demonstrate your expertiseAnytime you are sharing your work, whether that be through a presentation, poster, paper, or other communication venue, think of it as a professional opportunity. The person who is reading/seeing/listening to your work could be a potential employer or funder or they could know someone who is. This can be a chance for you to network, practice networking, and further your career. Your ability to communicate effectively with different types of audiences reflects upon you.
If you want to be a stellar communicator, you must always keep one thing in mind.
Who is your audience?What are their needs? Put yourself in their shoes. Think from their perspectiveThis is the most important piece of information shared here.Your audience shouldwalk away with an appreciation for what you do.
What is the take home message for your talk? For your slide? What do you want them to do/think/know/believe?Big picture your results big picture (and how you have changed it, what does this all mean)
Tell them an interesting story. You can do this in a variety of formats.
You tailor your message differently for different audiences and for different formats.
Design can help you organize information and clearly communicate.
With just a few design principles, you can have a big impact on the effectiveness of your communication.
Here’s the word you need to remember.
Contrast helps you to create interest, organize information, direct the audience’s eye, and apply hierarchyIt is a good way to add visual interest to your piece. Visual interest can make your audience want to look/read/learn more.Contrast is when two elements are different. If they are just a tiny bit different, it’s doesn’t really work. Contrast needs to be noticeably different.You can create contrast with size (big and little), thin lines vs. think lines, colors. But again, they need to be noticeable. 12-point font vs. 14-point font doesn’t work.
Repetition can be thought of as “consistency.” Repeating visual elements can unify your piece and tie together parts that would otherwise be separate. Examples are having all of your headlines be the same size and weight and using the same style of bullets in every list.
Is this consistent formatting?
Is this consistent formatting?
Robin’s Principle of Alignment says that “Nothing should be placed on the page arbitrarily. Every item should have a visual connection with something else on the page.The principle of alignment forces you to be conscious—no longer can you just throw things on the page and see where they stick.”Even when aligned elements are on different parts of the page, physically separated from each other, you can still “see” an invisible line. This line connects the elements in your eye and it connects them in your mind.
No consistent alignment.
Proximity says you should group related items together. This can help to organize your information. Don’t feel like you need to fill up every single white space on the page. If your elements are scattered all over the page, it looks unorganized and can be confusing.
Let’s apply our CRAP principles one at a time to this example.
What is the most important piece of information on the slide? Let’s use contrast to help direct the audience’s eye to that piece of information first.
Here we make the title bigger and bolder.
How can we use the principle of repetition unify and organize the information on this slide?
With repetition of color.
With repetition of font family.
How can we use the principle of alignment unify and organize the information on this slide?
How can we use the principle of proximity to unify and organize the information on this slide?
Serif fonts have little “feet” on the letters. Sans-serif fonts do not.
Be sure to use a font size that is large enough to be seen in the back of the room.
Nothing says beginner designer like Comic Sans.
Can’t go wrong with white background, black text or black or dark blue background, and white text
Brain Rule #10: Vision trumps all other senses.
Relying no the Internet to work places an added potential for problems during your presentation. To simplify, you can download videos off the Internet so that they can be played without an Internet connection. One tool to help with this is available for use with the Firefox browser: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-downloadhelper/If the video is not your own, be sure to have permission before you use it.
Design for the person in the back of the room. Sometimes this is where decision makers sit—they are busy, they may come late, the remaining seats are in the back of the room.
To make slides memorable, you have to consider what to include and what to exclude
Who is your audience?What are their needs?What are your needs?They should walk away with an appreciation for what you doWhat is the take home message for your talk? For your slide?Tell them an interesting story
General, not in detail
How many have seen or presented a scientific poster?If you have seen someone’s poster, what catches your eye?How are you going to catch someone’s eye?
Remember, design can help you organize information and clearly communicate.Use design to make the poster look interesting and easy to understand so that people will stop and look further.
SlideShare is an online community where you can share your work: presentations, documents, PDFs, and even videos. You create an account, upload your work, then share it by sending or posting a link or even embedding it into a blog or webpage. You can tag your work so others will find it when they search, and you can search to learn more from what others have shared.
While your file is uploading, add information about your presentation. This will help others find it more easily.
Bitly provides a way for you to save, shorten, and share links. You can also view their stats, such as how many people have clicked on the link, when they clicked on the link, and where those people are located.First, sign up for a free account.All the links you save will be accessible at any time in your bitmarks list, located underneath the ‘Your Stuff’ tab when logged in.You can also track the stats for any bitly link. You can learn more about stats here.
And you can find out more about when people look at your work.
And from where they look at your work. More stats are also available.
First, create a free account.
Then, to save a shortened link, paste your link in this field.
You’ll see a screen that looks like this. You have additional options here. One is to customize the link by clicking on the pencil to edit.
• Analysis: The analytical and practicalapplication of kinematics played afundamental role in the project.Engineering students used theirknowledge of mechanisms, ergonomics,and production value to design the giant,moveable costumes and the intricatepuppets.• Synthesis: The theater students werecharged with defining the context andmeaning that would convey theappropriate emotion and meaning to theaudience. The knowledge, creativity, andexpertise of the theater students provideda filter to inform and focus the efficiencyof the engineering design. Thedevelopment and practice of the skill ofsynthesis resulted in a collaborative,interdisciplinary process that affectedboth parties.• Evaluation: In the context of theBandersnatch project, evaluation requiredthat seemingly disparate disciplinestransfer information, ideas, andinspiration. Engineering students had towork with the global philosophy of theirpeers in theater; theater students had toassimilate engineered solutions into adramatic production that fostered andpreserved the intent of the production.The final evaluation measured the endproduct against the desired intent of theproduction and communication of thedesired effect to the audience, and bothgroups were deeply involved in thisevaluative activity.However, quantifiable performance measuresare often useful to measure benefits—in thiscase, those realized by the undergraduatetheatre and engineering participants.Evidence which supports this is provided bythe reception to the Bandersnatch production.Engineering students were recognized by theKennedy Center American College TheaterFestival (KCACTF) Region VI with the topaward in their area of design, the Allied Designand Technology Award. This special awardincluded an invitation to present their work atthe national convention of the United StatesInstitute of Theatre Technology in California.The McCoy School of Engineering wasrecognized at the state level of KCACTF forexcellence in Meritorious Achievement. Thetheater students as well as the productionitself were honored by becoming one of sixplays selected from the states of Arkansas,Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma,and Texas to perform at the Region VI Festivaland, subsequently, earned the “DistinguishedProduction of a New Work award” at theKennedy Center for the Performing Artsnational convention in Washington, DC.Finally, the theatre faculty member, BrandonSmith, was honored as a DistinguishedDirector for 2011. It is doubtful that thesenation-wide honors would have been receivedif the project had not been through the fires ofrigorous analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.Additionally, the project became a vehicle forlearning and campus-wide involvement in UR.It built relationships that will last a lifetime.To date, 70 undergraduate students haveparticipated in UGROWsummer workshopsincluding nine students in the Fine ArtsCollege. Since students show such a positiveresponse to the UGROWexperience, studentsacross MSUcampus inquire about theprogram and how they can participate. Thus,the program has extended beyond the STEMdisciplines and the arts to social and appliedsciences and humanities.Based upon the testimonials and evidence inthe preceding narrative and the supportingliterature, it is felt that the potential fortransformative change in the educationalexperience of the undergraduate participantsis fostered by the UGROWconstruct.Specifically noteworthy is the broader impactthat firsthand witness of the results mayinspire faculty to contemplate and, ifappropriate, alter and expand their ownresearch directions, as experienced by Dr.McDonald, which is reinforced by the literature(Young, 2008). When researchers in thesciences partner with researchers in the arts,the narrow boundaries that are oftenexperienced in the sciences (Schantz, 2008)can be expanded. At the same time, theexpansive scope of projects in the arts and
Video formats supported byPowerPoint 2007• .wmv (Windows Media Video)• .mpg or .mpeg (Moving Picture ExportsGroup• .avi (audio video interleave)• .asf (advanced streaming format)• .mp4 is supported by PowerPoint 2010
Steps to insert videoon a slide1. Put a copy of the video in your PPTproject folder2. Open your PPT file3. Select slide where you want video to play4. Click InsertVideo and select the file5. Position video on slide6. Choose playback (automatic or on click)7. Test
Steps to take yourpresentation on the road1. Spell check and proofread (a printout canhelp with this): ReviewSpelling2. Test your presentation from beginning toend on a big screen: Slide ShowFromBeginning3. Save your presentation and a backup (beltand suspenders) (you should be saving allalong the way)
Steps to take yourpresentation on the road4. Optimize compatibility:FileInfoOptimize Compatibility5. Save a compressed version:FileInfoCompress Mediapickappropriate quality6. Add your info to the file properties:FileInfoProperties
Steps to take yourpresentation on the road6. Click FileSave7. Close PPT8. Copy PPT project folder to jump drive9. OR right click and zip folder then copyzipped file to jump drive
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Your oral presentation• Has elements of a scientific paperpublished in scientific journal• Mini scientific paper presented orally
Oral presentation elements• Introduction• Materials & methods• Results• Discussion• Conclusions• Further studies• Literature cited or references• Acknowledgements
Oral presentation elements:Introduction• Background (properly cited)• Significance of your study or investigation• Hypothesis• Objectives
Oral presentation elements:Materials & methodsIF EXPERIMENTAL IF THEORETICALBrief description ofprocedures, materials,etc. (general, not indetail)Principles on whichyour study are based
Oral presentation elements• Results• Discussion• Conclusions• Further studies• Literature cited or references• Acknowledgements• Questions
Questions to ask yourself• What are the key points I want the audience toknow?• Have I communicated them as simply aspossible, but not simpler?• Do I have one message per slide?• Have I used visuals to support my message?• Have I applied design principles effectively?• Does every image or word help convey mymessage?
Oral presentationdelivery tips: Audience• Why should they care?• Grab their attention at beginning—connectwith them• Make eye contact• Talk, don’t read• Dress with respect for them• Be enthusiastic• Practice, practice, practice, especiallyattention material and concluding remarks
Resources you may check―Designing effective scientific presentations‖ by SusanMcConnellhttp://www.ibioseminars.org/lectures/bio-techniques/susan-mcconnell.html―Talking science: Designing and delivering successful oralpresentations‖ by Shawn Mullenhttps://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=17746&bhcp=1―Rethinking the design of presentation slides‖ by Michael Alleyhttp://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/presentations/speaking.pdf
Your poster presentation• As the oral presentation, has elementsof a scientific paper published inscientific journal• Every other week a student will updatethe UGROW Poster Display– North entrance of Bolin
A good poster• Good science• Uncluttered• Organized• Well designed/visually appealing• Legible• Easy to read• Brevity of text• Straightforward
Create your poster• Save a copy of the PowerPoint postertemplate from Dropbox to your computer• Set up your workspace– View Ribbon– View Toolbars Standard & Formatting– View Guides Snap to Grid & Shape• Create text boxes for each heading andeach element
Create your poster• Be consistent (repetition) with formatting(heading and paragraph size, font, etc.)• Group (and ungroup) elements– Select elements using <shift><click> or byclicking and dragging– Arrange Group (or Ungroup or Regroup)
Create your poster• Insert images—preferred format (ingeneral, check with your printer):TIFF for pictures, EMF or EPS for graphics• Image resolution for printing: 150-300 ppi• To constrain proportions, hold down the<shift> key when resizing• Print on 8½‖ X 11‖ to proofread: File Print Scale to Fit Paper
LINK TO TODAY’SPRESENTATION:http://bit.ly/ugrow2013or
Dr. Michael Alleyhttp://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/presentations/speaking.pdfBefore and after sources
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