presentation tips

Tools, Tips and Ideas for Presenting to Your Peers

Delivering a presentation to fellow instructors can feel more stressful than presenting to students. After all, who is in a better position to critique us than our fellow instructors? Be that as it may, there are a few truisms when it comes to presenting to our peers. Everyone wants to experience something engaging, interesting and worthwhile. If they can be entertained at the same time, so much the better. Here are few ideas to employ in your next presentation. Know your audience: Keep in mind that adjuncts teach almost 60 percent of the students enrolled in community colleges across the U.S. Read More…


Three Easy Ways to Create a Video for College Courses

Perhaps you want to submit a video in the Make It Count contest—or, perhaps you want to post a short video message to students in your course LMS or digital platform… but, you are worried that it would take too much time or that it’s too complicated of a process.

Fortunately, filming a video is a lot more convenient than it used to be. And, as far as the video contest, there are no high-tech requirements. In a short amount of time and with easily accessible equipment, you can connect with your students and your peers through video.
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A Six-Minute Lecturing Strategy to Increase Learning

Despite all the buzz around active learning, did you know that lecturing is still the most common teaching method? The good news is that we don’t need to abandon the lecture because research has shown that it can be effective (Baeten, Dochy, & Struyven, 2013). Lectures are efficient ways for the expert (otherwise known as the professor!) to share knowledge with students.  While many argue that lectures are passive and not effective as more active learning approaches, this is not the case when lectures are done effectively.  Mayer (2009) argues that cognitive engagement is what matters most and Read More…


Making Lectures More Meaningful to Students

An engaging, thoughtfully presented lecture has the power to inform and inspire students. However, when lectures are delivered in a dull and uninspired manner, they can fall flat and cause students to disengage from the learning process.

Through our recent “Today’s Student” project (conducted with the Work Institute), we set out to learn more about students’ college experiences, exploring how they define their “best” and “worst” classes. We share the findings in our recent white paper, The Not-So-Powerful PowerPoint®: Students Weigh the “Best” Classes against the “Worst.”

Among these findings, we noted that 54% of our surveyed students said that lecture-based classes were their worst classroom experience. Most likely, these “worst” classes included lectures that lacked the instructor’s enthusiasm and left little room for student involvement and participation.

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Five Guidelines for Effective Online Presentations

What does it take to keep a classroom full of students engaged in your lecture? Some will say skill; some might say natural talent; others will cite expertise. Take these factors into consideration, add a dash of confidence and humor, and you’re on the road to an effective and engaging lecture! If you’re used to presenting in person, you’re probably quite sure of what you need to do in order to succeed. However, if you’ve been asked to conduct an online seminar or teach an online course for the first time, you likely recognize that you’ll have to apply Read More…


Make Your Video Presentation a Success!

Visual media is one of the most engaging, captivating, and effective methods for displaying information. Video lectures, slideshows, and other media have been proven to better catch the attention of students.

So you’ve got a vision for a video. Great! While the concept of your video may seem crystal clear in your head, the transition from your mind to the computer screen can get somewhat muddied. However, a little bit of video software know-how can go a long way. Here are some tips on how to truly bring your vision to life!
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Tips for Students: How to Speak with Confidence

In many courses, students must give a speech or presentation. Some students may feel quite confident in their ability to speak in front of an audience; they may even relish the opportunity. However, many others may grow nervous about the prospect of giving a speech in front of their instructors and their peers. These students may benefit from guidance that will help them speak with self-assurance, poise, and clarity. In The Challenge of Effective Speaking in a Digital Age, Sixteenth Edition, Rudolph F. Verderber, Deanna D. Sellnow, and Kathleen S. Verderber share tips and techniques that can help students speak with confidence. We’ve summarized eight of them below. Feel free Read More…


Ten Tips for an Engaging Lecture

As you seek to increase student engagement and involvement in your classes, you may also be striving to be a more engaging lecturer who draws students into a topic and inspires them to embrace the learning process. Given that most of us aren’t natural-born speakers, we all benefit from some pointers that help us polish our lecture and presentation style. In their book Business Communication: Process and Product, Eighth Edition, Mary Ellen Guffey and Dana Loewy provide a list of ten suggestions for gaining and keeping your listeners’ attention; we’ve adapted them below. Keep these points in mind as you prepare your next Read More…


Engaging Your Listeners: Points to Consider

For many reasons, and on many occasions, you may need to consider the way you’ll set about engaging your listeners. As one example: at the start of each term, you may reflect on what worked, and what didn’t work, as you delivered your lectures to your students. Perhaps you’ve been invited to speak to a community group that wants to learn more about your area of expertise, and you’re concerned about presenting your material in a way that’s relevant to their particular interests, while also taking their current level of knowledge into account. Or, you may be scheduled to present a research paper during a conference session attended by your colleagues Read More…


Presentations with Maximum Impact: Helping Students Succeed

The twenty-first century accounting professional desperately needs strong communication skills. The AICPA lists communication as one of the required personal competencies in its Core Competency Framework. College recruiters cite communication skills as one of the most desirable qualities of new hires. Communication encompasses a wide range of interactions from face-to-face and phone conversations, electronic messages, written documents, and formal presentations. This article addresses formal presentations. Accounting faculty members have long recognized that preparing students for the profession included emphasis on giving effective presentations. Students in most accounting programs present multiple times before graduation, both individually and in teams. This Read More…