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Designing Engaging Presentations at IMU!


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In this 2-hour workshop (6 April, 2015) at IMU, we explored how to design engaging presentations for e-learning and flipped classroom sessions based on good instructional design practices.

In the process, we explored PowToon, PowerPoint, Gagne’s 9 Events of instruction and other tools to engage students to think, learn and do.

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Designing Engaging Presentations at IMU!

  1. Zaid Alsagoff
  2. Your Secret Recipe to Engage? INSTRUCTIONS TO PARTICIPATE (PADLET WALL)… Please add your Name and University/Organization (acronym) in the header (red). In the text area, please add your favourite tool/activity/technique (tech or non-tech) to engage students/learners to think, learn and/or do. Also, provide some insights on the HOW and WHY you use it. Please be precise, concise and inspiring (50 - 200 words).
  3. Source: …. Of U.S. employment is in the “high risk” category of being automated in the next decade or two. 47%
  4. Biggest Challenge Ahead? The Second Machine Age: Anything you can do, I can do BETTER, FASTER & CHEAPER! Disruptively rapid codification and automation of routine and complex processes by computers and robots.
  6. What ANNOYS About PowerPoint Presentations? Results of the 2013 Annoying PowerPoint survey: The speaker read the slides to us 72.0% Text so small I couldn’t read it 50.6% Full sentences instead of bullet points 48.4% Overly complex diagrams 30.8% Poor color choice 25.8% No clear purpose 22.1% No flow of ideas 21.0%
  8. Time Cover:,16641,20061218,00.html
  9. PowToon version: Survival Skills for Careers, College & Citizenship 1. Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving 2. Collaboration Across Networks & Leading by Influence 3. Agility & Adaptability 4. Initiative & Entrepreneurialism 5. Effective Oral & Written Communication 6. Accessing & Analyzing Information 7. Curiosity & Imagination Presentation Slides: Video: 7 Dr. Tony Wagner
  10. How does our BRAIN LEARN? ATTENTION - We don't pay attention to boring things. WIRING - Every brain is wired differently. GENDER - Male and female brains are different. MEMORY - Repeat to remember. Remember to repeat. SENSORY INTEGRATION - Stimulate more of the senses. VISION - Vision trumps all other senses. STRESS - Stressed brains don't learn the same way. SLEEP - Sleep well, think well. EXERCISE - Exercise boosts brain power. MUSIC - Study or listen to boost cognition. EXPLORATION - We are powerful and natural explorers. Summary: Dr. John Medina
  11. Brain-Targeted Teaching: Rules: Empower Brain-Designed Learning… Minute Rule …to Stimulate the Brain and Maximize the Students’ Potential. 10
  12. Blended *F2F: Face-to-Face Find the Right Blend! Online F2F Video: Christensen Institute (Source):
  13. 2 ZOOM
  15. Why Lecture? Lively Educative Creative Thought (provoking) Understandable Relevant Enjoyable MISSION? Inspire Influence Inform
  16. Lecture’s Mission? Skills Attitude Behaviour Knowledge CHANGE Why Lecture? LEARNERS
  17.  Who are they?  What do they know or can do?  What are their existing opinions?  Are they motivated to learn?  Why should they learn this? CHANGE Who are the Learners? Skills Attitude Behaviour Knowledge LEARNERS
  18. CHANGE Skills Attitude Behaviour Knowledge LEARNERS LECTURE PAPER REPORT PITCH STORY How to Design… Let’s Explore!
  19. 3 DESIGN
  20. Book (Amazon): Learn From TED Talks…
  21. …More on TED Talks! Book (Amazon):
  22. Constructive Alignment (CA) Learning Activities ContentAssessment Learning Outcomes More about Constructive Alignment:'_Model_of_Constructive_Alignment_in_Curriculum_Design/Introduction - John Biggs
  23. Gain Attention Inform Learning Outcomes Stimulate Recall of Prior Learning Present New Content Provide Guidance Provide Learning Activities Assess Learning Provide Feedback Enhance Retention and Transfer This will help you… Last class we learned how to… Allow me to demonstrate Now you try it… Try it like this… Let’s test your skills now Let’s do it “in the field” Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction Source (Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction starting at slide 9):
  24. GainAttention Ahh! Question Story FactDefinition Quote Analogy Humor Personal experience Demonstration 1 Vide Clip
  26. InformLearningOutcomes At the end of this topic, you will be able to:  Clarify what students need to learn in the form of Learning Outcomes (LO).  Write LO that form the basis of the assessment.  Construct LO using measurable action verbs.  Present LO in at least 2 creative ways. WHATEVER! 2
  27. Why Not… How to write Learning Outcomes (LO)? How to make LO assessment-based?  How to use action verbs to construct measurable LO?  How to present LO in at least 2 creative ways? Write learning outcomes in the form of questions! Video:
  28. RecallPriorKnowledge Associating new information with prior knowledge can facilitate the learning process. 3
  30. PresentNewContent Selective Perception - Chunk and organize content meaningfully. 4
  31. Chunk It helps you present information in a way that makes it EASIER for your audience/learners to UNDERSTAND and REMEMBER. WHY? Chunk? CHOP IT!
  32. ProvideLearningGuidance Semantic Encoding - Examples, case studies, stories, graphical representations, mnemonics, mind maps, acronyms, and analogies. 5
  33. Mnemonics - Acronyms SODA: Mnemonics: Mnemonics are learning memory techniques that help learners recall larger pieces of information, especially in the form of lists like characteristics, steps, stages, parts, phases, etc.
  34. Mnemonics – Acrostics Ranking order of the normal differential count for white blood cells:  Neutrophils (60-70%)  Lymphocytes (20-40%)  Monocytes (3-10%)  Eosinophils (1-4%)  Basophils (~1%) Never Let Monkeys Eat Bananas!
  35. Mind Maps Mind Map Guidelines: Mind Maps in Medicine: Mind maps help learners comprehend, see the big picture, create new ideas, and build connections. iMindMap: Mind Mapping Tools:
  36. Infuse Creativity & STORIFY Learning! “BULLETS stick for exams, STORIES stick for life.” – Zaid Ali Alsagoff!
  37. Activities&Feedback7 6 ?
  38. The Learning retention percentages are fake: Engage Students to Learn! Average retention rate 5% 10% 20% 30% 50% 75% Lecture Reading Audiovisual Demonstration Discussion Group Practice by Doing TEACHING OTHERS 90%
  39. Infographic:
  40. Gamify Students’ Learning Experiences!
  41. Assessment8 Miller’s Pyramid:
  42. Use a Variety of Methods to Assess More… Learning AnalyticsPeer-Assessment E-PortfolioRubrics AUTHENTIC Learning & Empower PERSONALIZED Learning!
  43. EnhanceRetention&Transfer Summarize/Conclude  Provide additional resources  Links (URL) to: – Online Discussion – Assignment/Project – Quizzes – Simulation/Games – Etc. 9
  44. Gagne’s 9 Event of Instructions Presentation Events of Instruction Learning Activities Introduction 1. Gain attention • Present a dilemma, analogy, video 2. Inform learning outcomes • List clear learning outcomes creatively 3. Stimulate recall prior knowledge • Explain how prior knowledge relates to new topic • Initiate discussion • Pre-tests Content 4. Present new content • Explanation, example, simulation 5. Provide guidance • Guidelines, checklists, mnemonics, group discussion Assessment 6. Provide learning activities 7. Provide feedback 8. Assess learning • Games, group activities, projects • Self/Peer/Facilitator Assessment • Practical, e-Portfolio, quizzes Summary 9. Enhance retention and transfer • Summarize/Conclude the topic • Provide additional resources
  45. 4 TOOLS
  47. PowerPoint
  48. Preparing Slides Use Slide Master to change the overall design and layout of the presentation. Why & how to create a slide master? 2 1
  49. Contrast Background & Text Colors Use contrasting background and text colors for improved readability. Contrast Contrast
  50. Can you read this? Can you read this? Can you read this? Can you read this? Can you read this? Can you read this? Can you read this? Can you read this? Can you read this? Can you read this? Bad Contrast Vs. Good Contrast
  51. Use sans-serif font and use the same font through out the course. Increase Readability Example: Verdana Impact Arial Calibri Font Type
  52. Avoid Busy Templates! Avoid distracting, busy templates!  Avoid distracting, busy templates!  Audience will tend to focus on background picture, rather than what you are saying
  53. Design and Tailor Visuals using…  Shapes  Smart Art  Crop  Remove Background  Artistic Effects  Etc.
  54. Looking for Free Images? CC Search: CC Search empowers you to search across different repositories and platforms for free multimedia. The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources:
  55. Tools to Spice Up Your Content? Design 1 – 10 Minute Learning Nuggets!
  57. Use Interactive Web Tools to Spice Up… Face-to-Face (F2F) Learning! Student Response Systems (SRS) that empower teachers to engage their students via smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
  58. Kahoot
  59. Padlet Tips on how to use Padlet for learning and teaching: It works like an online sheet of paper where people can put any content (e.g. images, videos, documents, text) anywhere on the page, together with anyone, from any device (No login required).
  60. Poll Everywhere
  61. Socrative
  62. Android iPAD Web 2.0 Bloom’s Digital Taxonomies! Google M O R E
  63. More Tools?
  64. 6 Simplified
  65. Designing Engaging Presentations Simplified! Great Design Engaging Flow Lively Voice Learning Activities ContentAssessment Learning Outcomes Tools
  66. Have a ZaidLearn! Finally, You Might Want To…
  67. Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning Manager E-mail : Blog : Slides : Twitter: IMU : DID : +603-2731 7327 Ext. : 3115