Presentations

Introduction

presenting"A presentation is a form of communication with an audience." Keio University

Presentations are often given alongside the use of PowerPoint, Keynote or other slide show software but may also include audio files, videos, Flash animation, animated computer screen grabs and many more multimedia elements that can be shown within a web browser or specialist program such as Impatica. These presentations and word processor versions may be uploaded to a Virtual Learning Environment such as Blackboard for use by students.

Accessibility issues can be related to both the face to face presentation and the tools used.

Student Advice

The Open University Learning Space has some useful advice about giving presentations.

Free PowerPoint templates and advice with more advice about giving presentations

There is YouTube video on How to make a PowerPoint presentation on-line using Preezo with good advice and a comment about Keynote. YouTube also has a video on How not to use PowerPoint. Microsoft offer many tutorials on how to use PowerPoint with updates and templates.

Staff Advice

Bournmouth University have some advice for academics about giving presentations.

The Open university covers the accessibility issues that may arise in face to face situations, discussions and presentations as well as in an e-learning situation.

JISC TechDis have a useful training pack on Accessible e-learning offering further advice. There is also the TechDis Accessibility Essentials Guide to Creating Accessible Presentations

Making your Blackboard Module Accessible. This was written by Carol Doyle in 2005, but is still relevant to the latest versions of this Virtual Learning Environment

The potential of PowerPoint as an alternative to Flash  "Using each slide in PowerPoint as an animation frame, as well as utilising PowerPoint's inbuilt animation facilities, and providing a voice over, enabled me to produce effective animations relatively easily. Impatica, a relatively cheap commercial package, was used to stream the presentations for delivery over the internet." Skills for Access.