We have all experienced “Death by PowerPoint” where walls of text, overly complicated visuals, poor colour choice and tiny fonts have negatively impacted our ability to follow the presenter.
Bad design is exasperating for students who are trying to learn unfamiliar material in university classes. Put it simply, bad design costs in terms of missed opportunities for student learning becasue students are unable to receive the key messages you are trying to send. But how can we design better presentations to enhance student learning?
Upping your design game
‘A new self-paced module “Design for PowerPoint” is now available in iLearn and is free for the MQ community. The module covers a range of topics with illustrative before and after examples.
- The need for better PowerPoint design to complement the speaker and not to replace them.
- Guidelines for better design, including;
- Flow and emphasis across the whole presentation,
- Text and colour choice for visual clarity, and
- Image and animation to enhance rather than distract.
- Applying design in the MQ context.
- Copyright, referencing, safe guarding intellectual property and using MQ template resources.
The module is designed to be self paced with knowledge checkpoints and completion tracking. You can dip in and out as you please over a period of time. An optional practical capstone activity will enable you to earn a completion certificate.
Get started today
You can self-enrol in the “Design for PowerPoint” module by logging into iLearn.
A range of other Learning and Teaching professional development opportunities are also available at MQ.