About the course
Research tells us that today’s audience increasingly relies on visuals, has a shorter attention span, and wants information delivery to be focused, efficient, relevant, and applicable. Presentations must also succeed in a face-to-face setting, a virtual webinar, or a combination of both. These developments call for an update to presentation techniques. Rather than defaulting to the slide templates and bullet lists of yesteryear, speakers must learn to harness the combined power of narrative structure and design in order to engage and influence their audience. In this hands-on course, you will learn research-based strategies to help you prepare, design, and deliver fresh, impactful presentations. You will learn messaging and outlining strategies used by the most compelling storytellers, and practice visual design principles that will resonate with your audience in both online and face-to-face settings. Through readings, videos, hands-on exercises, and group discussions, we will explore the complexities of how people learn, and discover how the use of color, typography, and space can play a critical role in helping audiences retain information. Students will have the option to deliver a short updated or new presentation and receive instructor feedback. Students will leave the course with a reusable slide deck that can be adapted across any industry.
WHAT MAKES OUR ONLINE COURSES UNIQUE:
Course sizes are limited.
You won't have 5,000 classmates. This course's enrollment is capped at 28 participants.
Frequent interaction with the instructor.
You aren't expected to work through the material alone. Instructors will answer questions and interact with students on the discussion board and through weekly video meetings.
Study with a vibrant peer group.
Stanford Continuing Studies courses attract thoughtful and engaged students who take courses for the love of learning. Students in each course will exchange ideas with one another through easy-to-use message boards as well as optional weekly real-time video conferences.
Direct feedback from the instructor.
Instructors will review and offer feedback on assignment submissions. Students are not required to turn in assignments, but for those who do, their work is graded by the instructor.
Courses offer the flexibility to participate on your own schedule.
Course work is completed on a weekly basis when you have the time. You can log in and participate in the class whenever it's convenient for you. If you can’t attend the weekly video meetings, the sessions are always recorded for you and your instructor is just an email away.
Jenny Hopf is an instructional designer and educational technologist who specializes in classroom-based and online training. She regularly consults on effective presentation design and delivery. She received an MEd in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. ...
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Because of COVID-19, many providers are cancelling or postponing in-person programs or providing online participation options.
We are happy to help you find a suitable online alternative.