It can be daunting to record an audio narration for your PowerPoint slide presentation. It’s so tempting to just read the text on the slide, but that’s exactly what you don’t want to do. You want your audio and slides to work together to explain and demonstrate to your students the content you want them to learn.
It’s always a challenge to create a presentation with a consistent look. It can be so easy to get too creative and overwhelm your students with an overly designed slide deck. But the last thing you want to do is confuse your students with different design styles, colours, font and images.
The best way to tackle this problem is to create a style guide. A style guide is simply a document that outlines all of the design decisions you have made for your eLearning presentation. Having a consistent approach to your design will create a more professional looking slide presentation for your webinar or eLearning course. [Read more…]
Today we’re looking at the problems presenters run into when they use a template slide.
In an effort to create a more visually appealing presentation you may have selected one of the preloaded templates in your presentation software. Using a template is not necessarily a bad choice, but unfortunately most templates encourage you to create slides with much too much text, and as a result encourages you to provide more information than your students can consume.
Just think about it, when you see a text filled slide, are you listening to the presenter, or are you reading the slide? If you’re reading the slide, can you hear what the presenter is saying? When the slide changes, can you remember any of it?
Our slide template example
Let’s take a look at this slide template from a presentation on ADDIE. ADDIE is an acronym for an instructional design process model which many course designers use to guide the development of a course.
We’ve all sat through painful presentations where the facilitator is disorganized, inattentive, technically challenged, or showed the slides in editing mode? That’s the worst!
Today, when there is so much information available to guide us on creating good presentations, the only explanation can be that they just didn’t care enough about you to plan and prepare their presentation.
It’s harsh, I know, but really, is there another reason?
Don’t let this be you.
Whether you are presenting in classroom, online or in a webinar, watch out for these sure telltale signs that tell your audience you just don’t care about them. [Read more…]