The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Rethinking Slide Design in Scientific Presentation: The Assertion-Evidence Approach

Dr. Michael Alley (Penn State)

When: Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00 pm
Where: 244 Ag Engineering

Interested in learning how to improve your powerpoint presentation skills? A small, but growing, revolution is occurring in the way that scientists design their presentation slides. This revolution advocates alternatives (based on multimedia learning principles) that challenge PowerPoint's default structure of a topic-phrase headline supported by a bullet list of subtopics. One such alternative is the assertion-evidence structure, in which a sentence headline states the main message of the slide. That message assertion is then supported not by a bullet list, but by visual evidence.  Dr. Michael Alley, an Associate Professor in Engineering Communication at Penn State describes this alternative method.  


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This event is hosted by the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment as part of Science Communication Month.