Why are visual aids important?

title of a PPTFrom the beginning of time, mankind has always configured ways to communicate, and the Cave paintings in the Lascaux, France are a historic reminder of such attempt at visual storytelling, dating back to the 15000 BC. Fast forward to 2015, and we, as a society, are still searching for innovating forms of storytelling.  Current technologies facilitate conveying new ideas to all types of audiences around the world, and with it, the transferring of new information.  This information is created at a rapid rate to provoke the masses, all with the goal to encourage, inspire change, and ultimately, change their minds.

In this context, visual aids are an expression outside of just two people having a conversation, which at times is more creative, and at others not as easy and natural as words.  In this world of corporations, and money hungry paradoxes, communication Places-to-Visist-in-France-Lascaux-Cavesthrough visual graphics has become one of the biggest trends in eLearning, but questions arise when examining how many of these presentations are actually “successful”. The juggle starts when presenters blame the lack of resources available, but the truth of the matter is that the key to success lies in the presenter creating the content.  He or she, in this case, is the one responsible for delivering an idea effectively to their audience. In this blog, we will briefly review some key ideas that can boost your presentations; and yes, in PowerPoint.

Visualization GlassesThe idea is to encourage you to become more confident about what is being visually communicated when preparing content for your students, who are in reality 21st century learners. In the book Slide:ology, by Nancy Duarte, she shares that “Every presenter has the potential to be great; every presentation is high stakes; and every audience deserves the absolute best”. Your students deserve the best, and no, in trying to do so you do not have to feel like you are committing what Duarte calls “suislide”.  The idea is to think about your presentation as a back end to your professional brand.

Students, as well as other members in your profession, will remember you not only because of the content in your presentation, but also because of the powerful delivery through the branding of your presentation. When creating visual stories, one has to think in terms of visual thinking; the approach in graphic design, motion design, and lastly, how content is visually aligned. When creating your next presentation keep in mind how images map your brand, rather than just illustrating concepts, Duarte calls this “the eye flow” for your audience. Finding your inspiration is essential, as this will help you brainstorm through each slide.  Duarte shares a story about Dali, and how he found inspiration by changing his environment. In his case he found inspiration in the tub, where in your case stepping out to the harbor outside the Poynter Library might be less eccentric, and perhaps enough. Remember, this approach could be an opportunity for a “brand makeover” and yes, you can transform your content into a brand, and change the way the world views your expertise one presentation at a time.

For more in presentations, visual storytelling and creating powerful slides please come visit us here at OLITS, and meet with one of our instructional guru designers in creating powerful presentations.

Reference:

Duarte N. (2008). Slide:ology: The art and science of creating great presentations. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: O’Reilly Media

Resource sites:

https://www.haikudeck.com/

Christopher Davis, Systems Analysis and Design Receives Quality Matters Certification

dr.d5Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services at Nelson Poynter Library is very pleased to announce that Dr. Christopher Davis’s course, Systems Analysis and Design (ISM 3113), received Quality Matters Certification on March 30, 2015. Not only did Dr. Davis’s course meet QM standards, he received a perfect score of 99 points.

This QM Certification process consists of a peer review guided by a research based rubric for high quality distance learning course design. The eight elements of the rubric include: Course Overview & Introduction, Learning Objectives, Instructional Materials, Learner Support, Accessibility, Learner Interaction and Engagement, and Assessment & Measurement.

Participation in the Quality Matters review is just one of the many ways that Dr. Davis expresses his commitment to high quality online courses at USFSP. Over the years, Dr. Davis has conducted design based research on accessibility and universal design, learning analytics and student engagement to continue to improve the teaching and learning experience within his online and hybrid courses.

Congratulations to Dr. Davis! To learn more about Quality Matters, visit our website.

Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Olivia Hodges and Dr. Bonnie Cangelosi

The Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services department of the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library is thrilled to announce the most recent course to receive Quality Matters Certification at USFSP. Congratulations to Dr. Olivia Hodges and Dr. Bonnie Cangelosi!

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Dr. Olivia Hodges, Associate Dean & Program Coordinator for Leadership Development

Bonnie Cangelosi

Dr. Bonnie Cangelosi, Adjunct Faculty & Principal with Pinellas County Schools

Principles of Educational Leadership, EDA 6192, developed by Dr. Hodges and Dr. Cangelosi is the first course from the College of Education to receive the certification.

The course is now on the list of award-winning courses from colleges and universities across the nation. The QM seal of recognition will now be proudly displayed within the online course. Additionally this course will be listed on QM’s site, bringing positive exposure to USFSP’s College of Education and to the campus.

QM’s review process is designed and implemented by faculty who teach online courses throughout the U.S. to ensure quality and alignment with accreditation standards and best practices in online learning. USFSP first joined QM in 2010 as a way to assist faculty with the development of high quality online courses.

Please contact the Nelson Poynter Library’s Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services department for more information about QM and to learn how this program can assist you with your online course development and refinement.

 

Workshops this week in Online Learning

This week in OLITS we have two workshops scheduled.

First is MyStudio Booth on Tuesday March 17, 2015 from 2-3pm

The MyStudio Booth is a simple one button video recording setup that will capture a video image of the person as well as a computer display such as a PowerPoint presentation. MyStudio will allow users to create high-quality video projects without having to know anything about video cameras or editing. All you need is a little imagination and a flash drive. Join us as we show you how to get starting using the MyStudio Booth facilities.

Use this link to register – MyStudio Booth

Second is a workshop dedicated to an Integrated Syllabus.

Tired of fielding questions that are plainly located in your syllabus?  Come to our syllabus workshop where we provide you with techniques to increase student awareness of course requirements through integrated syllabus design. Your students will feel more informed and you will have less email!

Use this link to register – Integrated Syllabus Workshop

MyUSF Unsupported in Recent Safari Web Browser Update

Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services would like to share this message from the office of the Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Please call OLITS at 727-873-4409 or the USF IT Help Desk at 813-974-1222 for questions or support.
Stayed tuned to the USFSP DL Blog for updates.
A Note to Students and Faculty:

We would like all students to be aware of the following issue:

The most recent Safari Web Browser update is not compatible with MyUSF on both the mobile and desktop versions. The drop-down menus and news items do not function correctly.

While the USF Tampa IT folks are working on a possible solution,
please note that you can still access your email in the Safari Web
Browser through mail.google.com and you can access Canvas
through usflearn.instructure.com. We also recommend that you use the
Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome web-browsers or the Canvas App on
mobile devices.

We apologize for this late notice. We did not become aware of this
problem until late yesterday. USF Tampa students are experiencing this same issue.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Han Reichgelt

Regional Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Quality Matters Recognizes Dr. Nina Schmidt

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On July 11, 2014 Quality Matters recognized Dr. Nina Schmidt, USFSP’s College of Business, for meeting the highest standards in course design for her Real Estate Decision Making (REE 3043) course. Quality Matters (QM) is a nationally recognized faculty-based peer review process that examines course design elements to assess the quality of an online course. Dr. Schmidt is also a Certified Peer Reviewer with QM. Congratulations Dr. Schmidt!

The QM seal of recognition will now be proudly displayed in Dr. Schmidt’s online course. Additionally this course will be listed on QM’s site, bringing positive exposure to USFSP’s College of Business and to the campus.

QM’s review process is designed and implemented by faculty who teach online courses throughout the U.S. ensures quality and alignment with accreditation standards and best practices in online learning. USFSP first joined QM in 2010 as a way to assist faculty with the development of high quality online courses.
Please contact the Nelson Poynter Library’s Online Learning and Instructional Technology Services department for more information about QM and to learn how to use it to assist you with your online course development and refinement.
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