I really enjoyed our discussion about the best and worst PowerPoint presentations you’ve ever seen. Next week, we’re going to extend that discussion by focusing on some specific strategies you can employ to make sure that your team oral presentation doesn’t become one of the Worst Presentations Of All Time.
Before you come to class on Tuesday, please print out and read “The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint,” by Edward Tufte, and “In Defense of PowerPoint,” by Donald Norman. You can find PDF versions of both pieces on the Readings page. In class on Tuesday, we will look at a few more examples of successful and not-so-successful presentations, then explore a few new tools and approaches to electronic presentations that might be game-changers.
There are no readings for Thursday, but you do have a short homework assignment: Based on what we have discussed in class, find a video of an outstanding oral presentation and come to class ready to show your video and explain why you think it’s successful. (Remember, we’re not just looking for good use of technology; oral delivery matters, too.) You may want to begin your search for excellent presentations at these sites: TED, PechaKucha Night, Ignite, Gel.
Of course, all this talk about oral presentations has a point: to strengthen your team’s performance on the Persuasive Oral Presentation assignment. Your work on that project should be ongoing throughout Week 13. By Tuesday, you should have a specific coding scheme for your data, and everyone should be working on some aspect of that task. By Thursday, your team should have preliminary results from your data analysis; in other words, you should be ready on Thursday to start drafting your team’s presentation. We’ll spend a portion of the class session on Thursday in a storyboarding workshop, so come to class with ideas about what form your team’s presentation might take.