Since the advent of presentation software like PowerPoint, presenters have been led astray by the design of slide templates. The software applications were originally created to help presenters outline their talks, but the slideware's design did not account for the needs of audiences nor factor in cognitive research. As a consequence, the templates have ingrained poor presentation habits that often confuse and disengage the people who are meant to benefit from these talks.
In this course you will have an opportunity to begin challenging the norm and break this cycle of "slide deck drudgery." By replacing old presentation habits with new best practices that you gain from this course, you can shift your focus to the needs and interests of your audience, and you can begin to use your slides to communicate your ideas more clearly and effectively. You will explore new techniques that will help you to improve the flow of your talk and keep your audience focused on your main ideas. You will then study effective presentation design and development practices as you read various selections from Dr. Traci Nathans-Kelly's book “Slide Rules,” which contains valuable insights and examples that you can apply in your own presentations.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
Redesigning Slides for Impact
Key Course Takeaways
Eliminate fragment headers in your slides
Create sentence summary headers to organize the flow of your talk
Choose the right visuals to convey your idea
Use new slide rule techniques for a technical talk
Senior Lecturer and Co-Director, Engineering Communications Program, Cornell Engineering
Traci Nathans-Kelly currently teaches for Cornell University’s College of Engineering, with deep experience in online modalities for higher education. She has a particular interest in social justice and techquity issues. Dr. Nathans-Kelly interacts daily to help engineers and pre-professional engineers hone their technical messaging, whether it be via presentations, on paper, in meetings and teams, or through online channels.
Dr. Nathans-Kelly has worked with practicing professional engineers, technical experts, scientists, and related field experts for over 20 years, helping them to strengthen their abilities to become impactful contributors in their organizations. She is very active in IEEE, co-authoring the “English for Technical Professionals” online course, and works with the IEEE Continuing Education Committee, the Educational Activities Committee, and the IEEE Teaching Excellence Editorial Board.