This course is directed towards graduate students and researchers in all fields and has the following practical goals:
- to raise logical drafting and practical delivery skills to a level where your presentations or poster sessions at an international level can be highly effective, low stress, even enjoyable.
- to produce logically persuasive presentation abstracts, scripts, slides and posters related to your research area that you can use as models for future international “real world” presentations.
- to raise confidence in general international communication, especially in academic contexts.
Most lessons include a short interactive lecture. Students discuss issues raised and work together in pairs or small groups, changing partners each week in order to increase communication opportunities. Here is a tentative schedule:
- 1. Introduction: fundamentals of presenting within and between fields
- 2. Focusing, organizing research by brief logical summary
- 3. Preparing presentation abstracts for successful conference acceptance
- 4. Combining words and images for clear logical flow and audience impact
- 5. Effective techniques for presenting data and other support
- 6.1st presentations
- 7.1st presentations
- 8. 1st presentations
- 9. Techniques for smooth Q&A and academic interaction
- 10. Poster presentation merits and techniques
- 11. Advanced visual design for clarity and impact; Timing issues
- 12-14. 2nd presentations
- 15. Course review
* Students give 2 short presentations (8-12 minutes) using their own research or other research material.
Two presentations 40%
* Students are required to attend a minimum of 10 lessons in order to receive credits for the course.