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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Workshop #W89
CE Offered: BACB
CANCELED: The Art of Presenting Scientific Results: Tips and Tools for Making More Effective Professional Presentations
Saturday, May 28, 2016
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Zurich C, Swissotel
Area: TBA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Roger D. Ray, Ph.D.
ROGER D. RAY ((AI)2, Inc.; Rollins College), KEVIN M. MIRAGLIA (Rollins College)
Description: While most individuals attending scientific conferences, such as ABAI, have made (or are intending to make) data-based presentations to their colleagues and/or students, few presenters of scientific papers have been schooled in the art and science of effective data visualization (c.f., E. R. Tufte, 1983, 1990), how to communicate more effectively using powerful multimedia tools (c.f., Posen, 2014), or how psychological principles governing perception and attention relate to their presentation goals (c.f., Mayer & Moreno, 2003). This workshop offers a concrete set of principles, numerous illustrative examples of what (and what not) to do in designing and presenting slides, and introductions to various authoring tools capable of improving the effectiveness of electronically-enhanced or guided classroom and scientific presentations. Attendees will take away a substantial list of readily available resources, including published research references and numerous websites, for guiding their further development of effective scientific communication skills. A guided tour of procedures for using presentation tools, such as transitions and movements/scalings, will be illustrated and summarized. In addition, attendees will engage in small groups tasked with designing slides from workshop handouts that include complex arrays of procedures, multiple data sets, and goals for summarization of their sample presentations. The groups will then apply rubrics for evaluating design effectiveness of various slide examples relative to their stated purposes. References cited:Mayer, R. E. & Moreno, R. (2003). Nine Ways to Reduce Cognitive Load in Multimedia Learning. Educational Psychologist, 38(1), 43–52.Posen, L. (2014). Why Academic conferences need to change, and why Powerpoint is a dead technology walking. Accessed online at:, E.R. (2001) [1983], The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (2nd ed.), Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press, ISBN 0-9613921-4-2.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: (1) apply a set of given design principles to the design of slides depicting complex procedures, complex data summaries, and minimized text supporting introductions/conclusions; (2) evaluate slide designs using a supplied rubric of effectiveness; (3) leave with ample references for further study via publications and online resources; (4) summarize at least 10 "how to" procedures for using standard presentation tools for enhancing audience attention and subsequent ability to summarize complex procedures and data highlights viewed in presentations.
Activities: Instructional strategies include slide-illustrated lecture, presentations of many example slides of "do's" and "don't do's", and small group workups of slide designs from handout samples of complex procedures to communicate, complex data sets to effectively summarize, and how to effectively present without reading directly from slides any introductions or conclusions. The groups will also apply supplied rubrics for evaluating design effectiveness of various slide examples relative to stated design purposes.
Audience: Any level of teacher or presenter of data-based scientific papers (graduate students, faculty, etc.).
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Effective Communication, Scientific Presentations, Visualizing Data


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