Reflection 12

My peer reviewer understood that I wanted my PowerPoint to look consistent and neat while still appealing to the audience. He could tell that I did not want a distracting slide design or template that would take away from all the information on the slides. In the peer response he stated, “consistent slide design and color”. My peer reviewer also perceived that I was trying to avoid being wordy and overwhelming the audience with too much information.

We all were required to watch the Powerpoint videos for this class, therefore I can infer that my peer reviewer knows about creating an appealing, yet simplistic slide design. My peer reviewer may believe that animations can help draw and maintain attention to certain details because he suggested adding some to my titles and graphics. My peer reviewer may how certain templates or slide designs fit with various types of presentations. He noticed that the design template that I used was very simple and consistent with the information being presented.

My peer reviewer seemed to care about the legibility of the information on the slides. On the peer review sheet, he noted that the summary was “easy to understand” and that the spreadsheet was ‘legible”.  This showed me that he likes presentations that are easy to observe and digest, and suggested the use of animations and such to help exemplify the important details and points.

After looking over my peer reviewer’s suggestions, I took notice of what he pointed out that I could do to improve the quality of my PowerPoint. I thought of how the improvements suggested could help the audience better understand and perceive my presentation. I used the feedback suggested as best I could, as some suggestions where easy to improve on while others were not. My peer reviewer’s suggestions were helpful to me because on outside source, who does not me, could give impartial but productive advice as to what I could do to have a better presentation.

PowerPoint Slide [Photo] Copyright Daniel Parisi. Used with permission



Reflection 11

Part 1:

It is common practice in this day and age for people to post information about themselves on the internet. However, careless release of personal information can have consequences such as identity theft and hacking. Personally, I make sure my information stays private and also I am meticulous as to what I post on what forum. Certain information should never be posted in a public forum. Most websites allow for you to edit your privacy settings and know who is able to access the information put out on the internet. Measures must be taken to insure that personal information and accounts are secure. In order to protect my computer and identity from theft and malicious software intrusion, I make sure I have an anti-virus installed on my computer that can help protect my computer and filter out unknown emails with viruses. I also delete my browsing history make sure that my computer does not remember any passwords so that someone can’t get on my computer and log into my stuff.

Part 2:

1) Facebook has the pro of being a forum used by most everyone in the world, making it a good place to post discussion for class. Most people that have a Facebook check it routinely, meaning students would be on the forum regularly. Many students on Facebook use the chat function to discuss homework and class assignments among other things. A con of using Facebook would be that whatever you post would be out there for the world to see. For an online class, all of your classmates, many of whom you don’t know, would also have access to your information. I usually keep my information and pictures private on my Facebook and don’t like strangers being able to see my stuff. For an online class, fellow classmates would have to have access to each others pages to be able to connect and such.

2) One of the pros of using Twitter for an online discussion would be the ease in which one can reply to a blog post or posts, as well as the ability for people to quickly find and see who posted what. Twitter makes it easy to see who responded to past posts, so a response made to a posting from weeks ago wouldn’t be an issue. A con would be that Twitter has different words for many things and can be confusing for those who aren’t familiar with it. Posts also must be made in a certain amount of characters, disallowing long drawn out answers. It can be hard to keep track of different discussions and postings going on if the forums are not checked daily. I can relate to this issue personally as I often go weeks without logging onto my Twitter account.

3) I think Facebook would be a better medium than Twitter for an online class. The main reasons being that A) more people have a Facebook than Twitter and B) Facebook tends to be more user friendly than Twitter. I have both a Twitter and Facebook account and I use Facebook for more often than Twitter. Facebook also allows you to create groups with a member only invitation, which could be useful in an online class for providing students with a specialized discussion platform. As far as I know, Twitter does not currently have this function. Many universities currently use Facebook already to connect with students and provide updates and alerts for various activities and events going on around campus.

Reflection 10

Part II

a) Contrast: When creating a presentation, it is important to have variety and make sure not every item is identical. The goal at hand is to capture your audience’s attention, therefore important points must stand out. Balance between items that look similar and items that differ is important in a presentation because the there needs to be some kind organization and has to flow properly. Contrast in the presentation will capture the audience’s attention and maintain focus on the points being showcased.

b) Repetition: Often times a presenter will repeat various viewpoints in the presentation to emphasize their importance. When using a PowerPoint, ideas should be reinforced by summing up the key points at the beginning and the end so the audience knows what the core idea behind the slide show is. However, try to avoid to much repetition. Repeating the same information on every last slide will lose audience’s interest and limit the success of the presentation.

c) Alignment: In a good presentation, the information should flow, giving the audience some chronology to follow what is going on. This allows them ask questions if they are are lost or confused. If items are placed at random, or with no particular purpose, the audience will be come confused and disinterested. Order and organization of information will help keep the audience’s engaged. The items in the presentation must appeal to the audience, as the better looking it is, the better engaged the auidence will be.

d) Proximity: Spacing between various items is important because if the items are too far apart or too close together, the presentation becomes unappealing. Items that are placed too close to each other cause the reader to focus too much attention on one thing, causing them miss other points the presentation is trying to make. Proper use and distribution of spacing in a presentation makes the presentation seem organized, easy to follow, and attractive enough to keep the audience’s attention.

e) White space: It is important to avoid too much white space in a presentation as it could make you look uninformed and poorly prepared, causing the auidence to think you don’t know what your talking about . However, there is a proper balance as too much information might end up overwhelming the audience, taking away from the overall focus. There does need to be some white space, or blank and empty space, as it allows the audience to look over the presentation quickly, process the main ideas in a timely fashion.

The image below shows contrast and captures the audience’s attention and focuses it the idea at hand:

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