How Can I Improve My PowerPoint Presentation Skills?
Poorly designed PowerPoint presentations distract and detract from your teaching. The proven presentation techniques you’ll learn in this program will help you improve your classroom teaching and enhance student learning.
Improve your teaching and student learning
PowerPoint presentations are as much a part of college and university classroom teaching today as the blackboards of yesteryear.
Unfortunately, they’re not quite as easy to use—and not only because of the technology involved.
Poorly designed PowerPoint presentations distract and detract from your teaching, sucking the life out of even the most interesting lectures and shutting down student participation.
Learn how to access the potential benefits of audiovisual technology in How Can I Improve My PowerPoint Presentation Skills?, a Magna 20-Minute Mentor with Kenneth L. Alford, Ph.D.
We’ve all seen our share of dreadful PowerPoint presentations, those snooze-worthy sessions featuring overly excited animations and slides crammed full of data too small to read.
So has Alford, both in higher education and during his 30 years of active duty with the U.S. Army. Now a retired colonel serving as an associate professor at Brigham Young University, he also taught at West Point and the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and served as president of the 2012 Teaching Professor Conference.
Alford shares his experience with the good, the bad, and the ugly of computer presentations to help you avoid the mistakes he’s seen.
The proven presentation techniques you’ll learn in this program will help you improve your classroom teaching and enhance student learning.
Take the tedium out of using teaching technology and learn how to make the most of computer slide shows.
Remember, PowerPoint presenters are supposed to support your teaching, not distract or detract from it. You want students to be zeroing in on your presentations, not zoning out.
How Can I Improve My PowerPoint Presentation Skills? will show you what you need to do to make this happen.
One of the first things you’ll learn is what not to do, which is get in your own way. All too often, slide shows and lecturing seem to be at cross-purposes.
This program will show you how to avoid stealing your own thunder. You’ll also learn:
- Slide formatting tips to maximize student engagement
- Tests to ensure that your slides are readable
- Guidelines for using animation
- Suggestions for using the emotional power of images
After watching this program, you’ll be able to:
- Create slide shows to enhance your lectures, discussions, and presentations
- Use presentations to enhance student engagement and increase student learning
To help you implement what you learn right away, this Magna 20-Minute Mentor includes:
- A dos and don’ts checklist
- A sample “Before and After” slide show
- A list of additional resources, including websites with free apps to improve slide readability
If you use PowerPoint or some other computer slide show software in your courses, consider purchasing How Can I Improve My PowerPoint Presentation Skills?
In fact, the longer you’ve used computer slide shows to support your teaching, the likelier you are to need this Magna 20-Minute Mentor.
That’s because the more we use any kind of technology in the classroom, the more likely we are to keep using it the same way. The trouble is, your audience’s familiarity with the format will increase with time—and so will the risk that you’re boring them to tears with your same-old, same-old presentations.
Don’t take that chance. Use this program to give your presentations a shot in the old laser pointer. You’ll reinvigorate your teaching—and your students!
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Kenneth L. Alford is a professor of church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University.
After serving almost 30 years on active duty in the United States Army, he retired as a Colonel in 2008. While on active military duty, Ken served in numerous assignments, including the Pentagon, eight years teaching computer science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and four years as a department chair and professor teaching strategic leadership at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He has published and presented on a wide variety of topics during his career. His current research efforts focus on student learning and military service during times of conflict.
Ken and his wife, Sherilee, have four children and thirteen grandchildren.
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