Zen and the Art of Micro- and Mini-presentations

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DevLearn 2012 Conference & Expo - November 1, 2012

Steven Crawford

Instructional Designer
Arizona State University

Courtney Sanders

Instructional Designer
Arizona State University

When it's time to create an online workshop or presentation from a face-to-face version, the person making the conversion is often the presenter or trainer - not an instructional designer. What frequently results is a version of "shovelware" where the PowerPoint files are uploaded to a Web-based system with a lengthy narration. Long online presentations do not fit a learner's attention span and are not suited for mobile delivery.

Session participants will examine various successful models for using micro-lectures to bridge content to activities as a method to engage learners. Micro-lectures are often less than three minutes long and direct student learning; their short nature also allows developers to implement them through various Internet and mobile technologies. You'll learn how to redesign existing content to take advantage of this format by leveraging what you already do in more digestible pieces. Those who want to go beyond shovelware and redesign their content will learn the principles behind making presentations more visually stimulating and impactful.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The difference between a lecture, a mini-lecture, and a micro-lecture
  • The evidence that supports the design of a mini-lecture
  • How visual design can impact a lecture presentation
  • How to identify techniques to make presentation content memorable
  • Various workflows for developing micro- and mini-lecture presentations

Audience:
Novice and intermediate designers, developers, project managers, managers, and trainers. No prerequisite knowledge is required. Those without instructional design/development skills, but whose positions have evolved over time into eLearning will benefit most.

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