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COM 80 W — Designing Powerful Presentations: How to Make an Impression

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 28—Jul 30
Refund Deadline: Jul 1
Unit: 1
Tuition: $365
Instructor(s): Jenny Hopf
Limit: 35
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Flex Online(About Formats)
Jun 28—Jul 30
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 1
1 Unit
Jenny Hopf
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Research tells us that today’s audience increasingly relies on visuals, has a short attention span, and wants information delivery to be focused, efficient, relevant, and applicable. Presentations must also succeed in a face-to-face setting, a virtual webinar, or a combination of both. These developments call for an update to classic presentation techniques. Rather than defaulting to the slide templates and bullet lists of yesteryear, speakers must learn to harness the combined power of narrative structure and design in order to engage and influence their audience. In this hands-on course, you will learn research-based strategies to help you prepare, design, and deliver fresh, impactful presentations. You will learn messaging and outlining strategies used by the most compelling storytellers, and practice visual design principles that will resonate with your audience in both online and in-person settings. Through readings, videos, hands-on exercises, and group discussions, we will explore the complexities of how people learn, and discover how the use of color, typography, and space can play a critical role in helping audiences retain information. Students will have the option to deliver a short updated or new presentation and receive instructor feedback. Students will leave the course with a reusable slide deck that can be adapted across any industry.

Learning Experience Designer, Salesforce

Jenny Hopf is an instructional designer and educational technologist who specializes in online training and consults on effective presentation design and delivery. She received an MEd in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Garr Reynolds, Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter), 3rd Edition (ISBN 978-0135800911)
(Recommended) Nancy Duarte, Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Great Presentations (ISBN 978-0596522346)
(Recommended) Daniel Pink, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future (ISBN 978-1594481710)