Techniques for improving computer-assisted presentations

Neal Grandgenett, Don Grandgenett

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Computer-assisted presentations have a powerful potential to aid in the conveyance of information within a professional setting. However, if not well planned and used effectively, the technology can actually become a distraction from the overall message and the content of the presentation. This paper describes seven research-based techniques that can help make a computer-assisted presentation more effective, and help refine both its development and delivery. These techniques include: limiting and focusing main points; systematically structuring the presentation; adapting the presentation environment; providing interactivity with the audience; preparing for equipment problems; conducting a trial run; and reiterating the message. The paper concludes by emphasizing the supportive role of technology in the communication process, and the importance of carefully blending the technical and non-technical aspects of any computer-assisted presentation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-23
Number of pages7
JournalInnovations in Education and Teaching International
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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