The Visual Design of Presentations

Eric Bellin, CTL Graduate Fellow, Design

Monday, March 18 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Graduate Student Workshops

Location: Graduate Student Center 305

Summary: In many fields, the delivery of a lecture is accompanied by a visual presentation (in PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, etc.) the design of which can either detract from or enhance the clear communication of information, and thus significantly impact student learning. Things like colors, font sizes, hierarchies of text and image, slide transitions, and even the amount of content within a single slide can either confuse and distract a student or, when used effectively, help keep them interested and engaged. And while all these things are important, foremost in the lecturer’s mind should always be the question of the function of each visual and how it might contribute to a student’s understanding of the material presented. This workshop will focus on such aspects of the visual design of presentations, discussing both the design of slides themselves and the design of their correlation with a spoken lecture. This will include a conversation on the various roles of visual information accompanying a lecture, a discussion and critique of given examples of presentation slides, and a review of various strategies and techniques for enhancing and clarifying the graphic communication of presentations. Feel free to bring a laptop to explore and experiment with ideas as they are discussed. While some demonstrations will be made via PowerPoint, this workshop will focus on general principles applicable to any program one might use to produce a visual presentation.

Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.