Over the last year I have been asked to do a few short “How to make/deliver a presentation” presentations for some nursing classes. Originally, the request was for some Pecha Kucha sort of presentations, but the last two have been for more traditional length presentations. Maybe 10 minutes? Not sure, but I was given 15 to 20 minutes to do something. So I did.
I leaned heavily on Garr Reynolds work. I still have not advanced to the “gif only” kind of presentation I know I am capable of, but too chicken to execute. Someday.
I came out swinging in each instance with a clear “You are the Presentation!” chant that was followed by some happy “How We Are Learning to Kayak” story about our new-found adventures in kayaks. I tried to relate the fear of public speaking to our fears of flopping out of the boats far from shore. Knowing of course that we wanted to travel “out in the open water” someday. Without too much anxiety…
I brought my grandfather’s copy of Treasure Island. It was his when he was a kid, the printing is 1922. The original was first published in 1882. I tried to share the value of having tangible things to show and share and touch and smell and stuff. I shared a bit about the rule-of-thirds and using audio/video when useful. I also tried to point out that the crowd/audience is of high value as well and should be utilized. Often, they are the wisest “person in the room.”
Here are the slides.
I was then asked to provide some online content similar to what I had done in person. I have not created anything myself, but put together a few times in Canvas that sell a good song about sharing ideas. Below is the content on the page.
From Garr Reynolds & Presentation Zen
These slides are pretty well done and there are Three Great Tips included in the presentation below.
We completed our Third Annual eLearning Symposium yesterday here at UW | Bothell. We had about twenty faculty and staff from not only the Bothell campus, but Seattle too. It was great to see our colleagues from UW take the time to share their experiences with us.
Our theme for the day was “Learning Everywhere” and our focus was on mobile learning. We shared some stories about the progress of technology, the positive capabilities it brings, and the challenges it creates. As the UW system has recently contracted with Zoom for faculty to get pro accounts, we used Zoom to bring in three guest speakers and we created a course in Canvas so the participants could see how the Canvas app works.
Our Quest to Find the Right Way to Deliver a Day Long Workshop
We did a couple things that we liked. One, was we used Adobe Spark to create some advertising. We used the “Post” feature to create a quick image to include in email, and we used the “Page” feature to create a quick ad sharing more information. Take a look below.
We had some fancy 11 in. x 17 in. handouts that made the tables look nice and gave the faculty and staff a way to express their ideas using crayons and markers.
We also really chopped up the day. We had five presenters and each had only 15 minutes. Not quite as short as a “spark” or “ignite” session. More TED talk length. After each presenter we had the participants do a 15 minute long activity where they created something. We have included some of that below.
Our activity following his talk was a look at the “Chat” feature in Canvas. In our experiences, few faculty use the tool. Often, that is because they are simply unfamiliar with it. So we thought a short look at how it works might be useful. As it was almost lunch, there was a lot of conversation about food.
For lunch we broke into round table discussions. And we ate.
For our last presenter, we had he participants go to other locations to view the Zoom session by Christina Hendricks from the University of British Columbia. She addressed the challenges and opportunities of mobile tools in both formal and informal settings. It was nice to see all the individual faces in the Zoom room. We are still new to Zoom and we learned a lot about how it works.
Then we asked the participants to self-organize into small groups and create something that illustrated their vision of mobile learning. The directions were simple, but asked that they create a video, two images and some text.
Two groups used Spark, one group used a Google Doc, and another a page in Canvas.
Here are the two Spark pages they created.
I am lucky to be able to walk to work. I do. Everyday.
I walk along a river and through a park. It is beautiful.
Today, when I reached the campus I made a short detour and stopped by the beautiful roses blooming in the gardens of our Teaching and Learning Center. How wonderful is that! A teaching and Learning Center with a garden! It is beautiful.
What a glorious beginning to the first day of summer here on campus.
Even in all that beauty, I left the garden with an ache that I have had most every time I visit the garden. It is this: The sign for the Teaching and Learning Center is a piece of vinyl strung up mostly strait across the front of a lovely old farm house.
It does not seem like an integral or permanent part of the building. It is an after thought. It reminds me of the level of support I have seen at most teaching and learning centers. It reminds me of lip-service to trends in education. Of an award given reluctantly. That is not beautiful. It does not seem as if it is there permanently. It is a temporary sign.
Last week, I attended the Building Bridges conference in Spokane, Washington. The conference is regional, always located in the Pacific Northwest states, and it brought a variety of people in the education landscape to the beautiful downtown area of Spokane. I had never seen the Spokane Falls or the beautiful Centennial Trail that covers about 50 miles along the Spokane river. One afternoon I took a nice run along the river and ran around the Gonzaga University campus for a bit.
The conference had good attendance and the venue was beautiful.
I tried out a new presentation about ways we may better engage faculty in development opportunities as educators.
Here is the website I used as a presentation. No PowerPoints allowed for me these days. I figure I am the presentation, and I can make the website do all the work I need for visuals. As usual, I shook the hands of all who entered the session and joked about the Harry Nilsson playing in the background. There were about 30 attendees and I had some good activities for them to complete during the session. Sadly, I never got to them.
I had in mind an active session, but I got caught up in explaining the ideas I was presenting. As a presenter, it is an interesting thing to have grand plans that are instantly recognized as impossible. I knew after about ten minutes that I had too many damn things to say and I was going to choose telling them stuff rather than to have them do stuff.
I told them as much. At least I was honest about my plan and my choice to follow a new path. No one seemed too upset. Some of the things I shared were kinds catchy and fun, and I did ask if people had questions a number of times during the session. There was some interaction and some participants did do the activities I had prepared. Generally, the message I had was received.
Without going into much detail, I tried to share some of the professional development activities I have been involved in that were variations on the hour-long workshop, a PDF file, or website with some information on it. You can see those listed along the top navigation on the presentation website listed above. Essentially, trying to find formats, timeframes, and content that fit together in a way that make them things faculty want to do. That is tricky.
I got good feedback from some participants saying that they may use some of the ideas expressed in the future. I suppose that is a win!
I struggled with the room set up as usual. I almost got the nerve up to move the tables into a large horseshoe, but wimped out.