Powerpoint custom animation experiment - check out the animation for yourself

Speaking about Presenting

I’ve now been given permission by the authors (Dr Stephen Mahar and colleagues) to publish samples of the screencasts used in the research. Two screencasts were prepared - one animated and one non-animated. The screencasts are designed to teach basic technical information about internet security. However, I think the researchers didn’t adequately take into account the cognitive load (load on working memory) imposed by other features of the screencasts.

New research questions the benefits of custom animation in PowerPoint

Speaking about Presenting

He generously sent me samples of the Camtasia files (Camtasia is screencasting software that lets you record narration as you click through PowerPoint slides). I don’t yet have his permission to post them on the blog (I’ll put them up if I do get permission) but meanwhile here is my description of the Camtasia files. Out of the sample that I was sent, two out of the three minutes of the screencast were based on bullet-point slides.

20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom


With Jeffrey Zeldman’s permission, I’ve borrowed that line as well as this one: One of our little backstage maxims is: “Attendees will apologize for not understanding a talk, but will want an apology for a talk that’s too basic.&# Consider using iShowU for screencasts. 20 tips for better conference speaking ~ 16 February 2009 ~ View from on stage as I’m preparing to speak at An Event Apart New Orleans 2008.

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