Added by Geoff Sauer on Oct 31, 2005.
Average rating: 1970.20/5.00 (n=25, std dev: 5817.92)

The traditional design of presentation slides calls for a phrase headline supported by a bulleted list. Recently, many critics have challenged the effectiveness of this design. This article argues for a significantly different design that offers numerous advantages in most communication contexts but that is particularly well suited to technical presentations. Originating at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and refined in more than 400 critique sessions at Virginia Tech, this alternative design is characterized by a succinct sentence headline supported by visual evidence. What distinguishes this design from other visual -evidence designs are its specific layout and typography guidelines, which were chosen to make the communication efficient, memorable, and persuasive. Although more difficult to construct than the traditional design, the alternative design shows much promise as a more effective means of conveying technical information to various audiences. This article outlines the key advantages and challenges of using this design, and concludes by assessing attempts to disseminate this design through lectures, workshops, and the Web.
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Frank Vassell Citation to support many critics challenge..
The statement that "many critics have challenged the effectiveness of this design," was expected to have evidence of who the critics are. As a researcher I evaluate a statement's effectiveness by the references bearing on it. At least an indication that citation is available at a link so and so would suffice.
Sharon Excellent for Science Faculty
This article feature an easily-achievable model that faculty can follow to produce their own effective presentations. The Evidence-Assertion model promotes many practices to make slides easier to comprehend, including severely restricting text and using nice, large images to convey concepts. It's true the slides could be prettier, but the basic theory is sound, and following this model will help with student comprehension and knowledge retention.

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