Presenting: A Bigger Picture

Concurrent Session 8
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Brief Abstract

You can convey a more meaningful experiences for your audience by using a website rather than a PowerPoint file. You can add interaction, make it more sharable, and add richer content. Whether you are an educator or a conference presenter, it is time to move beyond bulleted, linear slides.

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I was once introduced as a cheerleader for faculty. I am okay with just that. After ten years of teaching high school English and nearly twenty years teaching and instructional designing I have learned that faculty, like all of us, need good, healthy relationships and support. On a good day, I can be that. I work to help faculty dream about the wonderful ways we can create learning places and spaces. I do that because it is important work and I am lucky to be able to contribute.

Extended Abstract

This conversation will help people who present information to others to look at options for making the most of web-based formats and creating engaging live presentations, and presentations that have a longer shelf life. Whether an educator in a classroom, a conference presenter, or a student giving a presentation, we live in a time when presentations can move from a single room or building into the rich opportunities (and challenges) of the internet help all of us learn more about the world around us and share our experiences.

The conversation will explore not just moving a traditional slide presentation to a website, but rethinking what it means to be a presenter in this day and age, and how we can best reach a broader audience in a more meaningful way. Questions about the role of the presenter in a modern classroom, the way the information is accessed by the participants, all move toward more active roles by the students or audience and move the content toward a far more accessible space and add longevity to the conversation.

The static traditional slide-based presentation has seen some level of iteration with tools like Prezi and Google Slides, but those tools are still often used in a linear fashion that is still static to the viewer. Building on the web-based nature of those tools, future iterations of presentation move toward more active opportunities for the audience and the web-based nature no longer limits the audience to those in the physical room. 

The discussion will begin with a brief description of some presentations done using various places on the web and move quickly into participants discussing the challenges, possibilities, and methods offered by using alternative web-based tools for the delivery of classroom content or conference presentations.