This module wasn’t just about writing an academic paper on a chosen concept, part of the module is to read the paper with an accompanying presentation. This presentation, although not quite as important as the actual research paper, is still important as it is the method of displaying the chosen visual examples otherwise the audience wouldn’t be able to relate to the points being made. I started creating a presentation when I had written my first draft as in the first practice run before the Christmas break I wanted to have presented a talk both reading and going through slides.
I chose Microsoft Powerpoint over any other software for my presentation as I am familiar with it and the feedback when I have used software like Prezi was that the transitions can be a bit much. With a Prezi presentation; it is very much the visual content that becomes the focus however I wanted the audience to listen to what I was saying rather than focus on the slides too much. I chose quite a simplistic theme which had some colour to look visually appealing, but wouldn’t be too distracting for the audience. I liked the format of the slides as it had a red feature colour for each main title and the rest of the text was black, this worked quite well as it looked good but was still professional and clean.
The redrafting of my presentations wasn’t as vigorous and regular as the redrafting process behind my research paper, I produced adapted versions of the presentations in accordance to each draft I used for practice runs and feedback sessions.
Presentation for Draft One
This presentation was based around the very first draft of the paper, the slides and the feedback can be seen below:
- The presentation itself was quite fast so in future I need to practice and slow it down to make sure that the audience can both see and hear the points I am making
- The big titles and the captions of the photos are basically repeated, I should address which I actually need and choose either the big title or the smaller caption.
Presentation for Draft 10:
This draft was presented to Anthony with draft 10 as the potential final draft, the slides and feedback can be seen below:
- Where there are quotations there need to be quotation marks and captions to inform the audience of who wrote them
- The title is too ambiguous, the term ‘modern’ does not have a set meaning and this could give the wrong impression, using a word such as ‘now’ or ‘current’ would be much better
Presentation for Draft 14
This presentation was for the informal practice run self conducted by the group presenting on day one, the slides and feedback can be seen below:
Presentation for draft 17:
The presentation was prepared after my previous practise run for the final presentation day:
- It was identified in my practise run that I needed to get rid of the questions in my introduction as they were described as ‘clunky’ so I removed these from the presentation
- I also removed all of the title slides as it was suggested that I didn’t need them as it referenced an educational presentation rather than an academic one
- I decided to include more images and to leave the images on the slide longer so that the audience could see them for a longer period of time which would allow them to really look and relate to the content I would be speaking
- There was also a change of title which I included in my presentation