Presentations that Engage Reading

While PowerPoint often gets a bad name (sometimes deservedly so), the software itself is just a tool. Presentations are largely effective or ineffective not because of the tool but because of the structure and design employed in building the presentation. In fact, PowerPoint can be a very powerful tool for employing UDL principles - particularly principles 1 & 3. In this assignment, you will explore some principles to help you design more effective presentations for your students. If you then have your students create presentations, you can some of these ideas with them as well. Be sure to jot down notes of particular points that resonate with you or questions you have.

Begin by reading through the Presentations that Engage handout. You'll note additional links and resources referenced in the document that you may want to explore as well. I particularly suggest you check out the Presentation Zen site for some visual inspiration. Once you feel that you're getting a handle on some principles to consider in designing your own presentations, we'll work on applying these ideas during studio time in the next class meeting.

To be productive during the class session, I would encourage you to bring a PowerPoint that you (or perhaps your CT) have created, a set of slides that you find online ( is a great resource, or just through a Google search (add .ppt as a search time). This presentation should connect with your teaching either this semester or next. Hopefully you can use what you create in class with your students.

While these principles are helpful starting points, I really believe this is more an art than a science. I hope you'll enjoy this experience in exercising your creative mental muscles.