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PowerPoint: Advanced Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

PowerPoint has become an indispensable platform within higher education and the work force, as it is easy to use without requiring extensive experience. However, few people utilize PowerPoint to its full capacity. Join us as we explore ways to take your PowerPoint skills to the next level. 

In the early days of presentations, speakers often spoke from notes, often referring to handwritten script on index cards. Eventually technology allowed for a more immersive and engaging experience as presenters began utilizing transparency overhead sheets and slides (who recalls the slide carousels?). These approaches were not ideal, as the machines were noisy and hot, and the bulbs tended to burn out rather easily. Sometimes the transparencies would have text that rubbed off or leave flecks of burnt plastic on the slide. 

PowerPoint came in to save the day, and we haven’t looked back since. The slide decks are digital and (can be) visually appealing, and the content can be easily disseminated to students and colleagues. The advantages to using PowerPoint slides are numerous, but there is still room for growth regarding how we utilize the platform. 

In this webinar, we will review common mistakes that people make with PowerPoint as well as examples of good practices. We will do a deep dive into the platform as we: 

  • Create a custom template 
  • Explore options for modifying, combining, and organizing graphics and shapes 
  • Create custom graphics 
  • Incorporate interactivity to your presentation 
  • Investigate the master slide view and associated options 
  • Assess the Slide Show settings and demonstrate Presenter View 
  • Review the many possible exporting options 

Presenter Bio: 
Sean Nufer is the Director of Instructional Technology for TCS Education System. He works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team and faculty to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom.Less...