Stephen Wilcox

Stephen Wilcox

Stephen Wilcox received a B.M. in instrumental performance (tuba) and a B.M. in music theory from West Chester University, a M.M. in Composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he has been creating online music theory courses for Rutgers University and working as an instructional designer at UC Berkeley.

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Tips for PowerPoint Creation

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[three_fourth last=”no”]I often find myself wishing I had one, two or three less jobs/tasks/duties to perform. As a modern educator, or just a modern person, it is impossible to do all things I have to do. The good news is that in the digital world it is easy to multi-purpose content. As such, it makes sense to centrally share materials on Music Toolbox I want my students, my instructional team, and my faculty developers to see.

In the following, I detail some general tips for PowerPoints creation. Video 1 will get you started with “best practices”. (additional info here) Video 2 provides some simple tips for working collaboratively on a cross-platform presentation (i.e. PC to Mac).

I don’t deal with sound recording here. For a discussion of high-quality audio creation, check out our article on voice recording.

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[title size=”3″]Video 1: Tips for Voice-over PowerPoint[/title]

Summary:

  1. Record you presentation in segments
  2. Use large fonts (32+ pt)
  3. Large images (2/3 of the slide or more)
  4. Simple images (no heavy patterns)
  5. High levels of contrast between text and slide background.

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[title size=”3″]Video 2: Tips for Working on a Cross Platform PPT [/title]

Summary:

  1. Use common fonts (see image below)
  2. Avoid tightly packed text (space out your fonts)
  3. Use common image formats (GIF, PNG or JPG)
  4. Avoid copying/pasting data tables
  5. Avoid using media/animation in your presentation
  6. Though not present in the video, when collaborating make sure you coordinate your sound settings.

 

Cross-platform fonts

Cross-platform fonts

By | 2015-02-04T17:14:28+00:00 February 3rd, 2015|

About the Author:

Composer, Music Educator and Instructional Designer, Stephen Wilcox received a B.M. in instrumental performance (tuba) and a B.M. in music theory from West Chester University, a M.M. in Composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he has been creating online music theory courses for Rutgers University and working as an instructional designer at UC Berkeley.

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