S637 Preparation of Presentations
Basic Steps to Prepare
- Read the article.
- Decide about the most important
- Search for and study additional
- Design the structure of the
- Design powerpoint slides or
webpages that illustrate what you want to say (see Design
with us your 'favourite sentence' of the article, a critique of the article,
and a summary of its contributions.
- Use office hours to discuss
- Practice the talk.
- Give the talk (15mins + 5 mins
discussion) - provide handouts if you like.
- Create a pdf file or webpage
that provides an overview of the main points made in your talk and gives a
summary of the class discussion.
- Submit via the Oncourse Site for Handin:
https://oncourse.iu.edu/portal/site/SP13-BL-SLIS-S637-22378 not later than 3 weeks after your talk. Simply upload to relevant files to the 'Presentatations' folder and link to them from the Wiki. Contact Scott Weingart (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any trouble to login or submitting.
Preparation of Slides or
Plan and define the message
of your slides carefully.
Choose a presentation style
your audience identifies with.
Determine what kind of layout
design best fits your message.
Use simple, short sentences
to make your point.
Replace slide text with a visual
object whenever possible.
Provide just the necessary information
in your visual.
Use contrasting colors for the
background and text of your slides so they are easy to read.
Build text and objects to highlight
Feel free to select whatever
software you feel comfortable with to prepare the presentation.
Make sure that your talk
has a title (usually the paper title and author), provide information about
who gives the talk and on which date, introduce the structure of the talk
(contents), a brief introduction, experimental detail (if available), results,
conclusion, and a set of discussion points. In addition, share with us
your 'favourite sentence' of the article.
Guard against overloading
the slides/webpage with too much information. It is better to simplify
and create a series of slides/webpages. Horizontal slides/webpages allow
for better audience viewing than vertical ones.
Please request video equipment
not later than one week before the presentation.
Presentations will be graded
Further Tips (by Richard
Quality of talk organization/oral
presentation (unclear/unorganized ...clear/well organized)
Choice of content/data source(s)
provided (irrelevant/insufficient .. relevant/sufficient)
(ungrounded ... wellgrounded)
- Design of presentation slides
(inappropriate .. appropriate)
Technical Presentations: Basic
Rules for Success
Technical Presentations: Entertain
Technical Presentations: Making
Visual Aids Work
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Dec 30, 2012.