How to Present Information in Higher Education

Presented by Northeastern State University's eCampus

In your team and department meetings, at conferences, on webinars—chances are you've sat through the kind of presentations that we all dread. They're crammed with details, and the presenter is just reading bullet-point lists directly from the screen. The most common advice for presenters about how to avoid Death by PowerPoint is usually "well, don't do those things." If that were effective, we wouldn't experience so many yawn-inducing presentations.

If you have ever checked your phone during a talk or a webinar, wanted to share your research, or needed to ask for funding, administrative support, or project buy-in from colleagues, then this session is for you. You will un-learn five myths about presenting information, and practice adopting four core strategies for creating engaging, useful, and memorable presentations, including small-meeting, conference, and webinar formats.

Thomas J. Tobin, PhD, MSLS, PMP, MOT, CPACC is the Program Area Director for Distance Teaching & Learning on the Learning Design, Development, & Innovation (LDDI) team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as an internationally recognized speaker and author on quality in technology-enhanced education. His books include:

  • Evaluating Online Teaching: Implementing Best Practices (2015)
  • The Copyright Ninja: Rise of the Ninja (2017)
  • Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (2018)
  • Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (2020)