Presentations in the MOOC are prepared meticulously. This means that when the explanation of the lecturer is video-recorded the text, the illustrations etc. have to be exactly known. Often an autocue is used to help the lecturer to give a perfect presentation. This careful preparation differs from a traditional lecture.
- Select the learning objectives you want to achieve. What do you want the students to have a better understanding of as a result of the presentation?
- Identify the key points
- Structure your key points very clearly (see annex 1)
- Think up how to treat the key points (see explanation of a key point)
- Think up other possibilities to support the presentation
- Select possibilities to illustrate or explain topics with pictures, models, video, PowerPoint slides. See annex 2 and 3.
- Decide whether you want to make use of questions and tests
- Decide whether additional knowledge clips are necessary to explain difficult concepts
- Outline the detailed script for the presentation: Are the qualities to be achieved comprehensible, relevant, interesting and insightful?
- Prepare the full text of the introduction, explanation of the key points and the summary. These will be used in the auto cue (if available). Prepare the AV-materials.
- Explain the relationships between the subject of the course and relevant assignments in the unit
- Present an overview of the main points and their relevance
- Possibilities to start the presentation: Rule-example-rule or example-rule-example (rule= a statement, a prequestion, a concept, a definition, a technique, a problem, a procedure, a thesis, a demonstration, an application etc.)
- Attract the students’ attention. Spark the interest of the students by a problem, a thesis, a picture.
- Link up with other study activities and to link up with the students’ previous knowledge
- EXPLANATION OF A KEY-POINT
- More detail and explanations
- Do not try to use too many new concepts in a short period; introduce new concepts step by step.
- Make use of interesting and relevant examples.
- Take the logical steps in your explanation not too small or too large.
- Relate to other points in the unit and the MOOC
- Give directions (when relevant) for carrying out a problem solving procedure or other procedure (model behaviour).
- Give a systematic summary of the main points
- Make a link with coming presentations, assignments, tests in the chapter of the MOOC
- Make a link with the test
- Use the English language correctly and have appropriate vocabulary
- Be audible, have a proper speaking rate
- Show enthusiasm through facial expression, eye-movement/contact, gestures, body movement, vocal delivery, selection of words, use of examples, pictures etc.
- Break through the monotony by vocal variation in pace, power and tone during the presentation. Other techniques include asking questions and using AV
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Annex 1 Possible organizations of a presentation
- Hierarchic classification (point and sub points)
- Chain, necklace, spiral ordering or the network of the key points
- Comparison, thesis or logical dichotomy
Annex 2 Use audio visuals for various purposes:
- Emphasize (pre-planned) points
- Increase the attractiveness of a lecture
- Bring the outside world (micro and macro) into the MOOC
- Stimulate the students’ attention and active attention
Annex 3: Top Ten Slide Tips http://www.garrreynolds.com/preso-tips/design/
- Keep it Simple
- Limit bullet points & text
- Limit transitions & builds (animation)
- Use high-quality graphics
- Have a visual theme, but avoid using PowerPoint templates
- Use appropriate charts
- Use colour well
- Choose your fonts well
- Use video or audio
- Spend time in the slide sorter
More information is given in the website.
Jan Nedermeijer, PUM Netherlands Senior Experts. September 2015