Presentations and Posters

Instructional Packages

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Presentations (Linear)

Linear presentations often simply referred to as “powerpoints” are a series of slides that often contain bullet-pointed text, pictures, and clipart.

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… but DesignLab can help teach students to engage with their audience for a dynamic presentation!

This instructional package can be customized to fit your presentation style needs (for example: data visualization focus, memory retention concepts, speaking skills, etc.).

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • Short (~15 min)
    • Standard (~30 min)
    • Long (45+ min)
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Visual Aids

Instead of talking about presentations as a whole, this instructional package focuses on visual aids. This can include both linear and spatial presentation tools, as well as videos, infographics, and more.

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • Short (~15 min)
    • Standard (~30 min)
    • Long (45+ min)
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

PechaKucha

PechaKucha is a linear presentation format consisting of 20 slides, each shown automatically for 20 seconds, and accompanied by spoken text and sound effects. At 6 min, 40 sec total, PechaKuchas present ideas in a clear, engaging, and efficient manner. PechaKuchas are usually delivered live but can also be recorded.

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • Standard (~30 min)
    • Long (45+ min)
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • A blank PowerPoint template with the PechaKucha timings pre-programed
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Prezi (Spatial Presentation Design)

The online presentation software Prezi offers an canvas or whiteboard where text, images, sounds, and videos are placed and then presented by navigating or “zooming” through them. This spacial way of presenting can situate information different contexts and represent processes and relationship. Prezi presentations work well with both infographics and posters as a dynamic way of moving around the content.

This instructional package includes:
  • Help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • 2 – Standard (~30 min) workshops
    • 1  – Long (~60 min) workshop
    • Please Note: These workshops include time for design training and software training
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Research Posters

Informational and scientific posters convey research and knowledge through a combination of large printed text and visuals. Researchers often use posters to present and discuss their work with others in conferences and symposiums. Posters may contain embedded infographics and photographs, and their overall organization varies across fields and range from sparse and simple to dense and complex.

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • Standard (~30 min)
    • Long (45+ min)
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • A DesignLab-made Sample Poster on Posters with helpful information about sizing and design
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

Non-Research Posters

We often use posters to present information or advertise various services/products. Posters may contain embedded infographics and photographs, and their overall organization varies across genres from sparse and simple to dense and complex.

This instructional package includes:
  • Example assignment prompts, and help developing your assignment
  • Grading guides, and help developing a grading rubric
  • In-class workshops that can be delivered in the following lengths:
    • Standard (~30 min)
    • Long (45+ min)
  • Handouts for students that summarize the basic principles from the workshops
  • A DesignLab-made Sample Poster on Posters with helpful information about sizing and design
  • One-on-one or small group consultations for students in DesignLab

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Want to try something different?

The above options are just a few examples of presentation/poster instructional packages available.

If you would like to try something different, contact us at designlab@wisc.edu to discuss more options!

Check out the Presentations and Posters Resource Page for examples and more about the software available.

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