Keeping everything in synch, students have to synchronise their speaking-style with the established tool.
Students love to pour their artistic paint unto visual-inclined school work. Give them the right tools and a generous amount of time and students are bound to exceed tutor’s or institution’s standards. Give them less of one or each, students will hate you.
In context to students’ artistic fidelity, what sort of visually-inclined school work has been in the works lately? The powerpoint it is. The tool that’s so widely used for presentations – it never ceased to dynamically engross students. However, as their academic years progressed, the emphasis for artistic touch has, as well, moved on.
Rather than layouts, backgrounds, or effects, the promoted feature became the treatment of data and its effective conveyance unto the target audience. Both are not necessarily foreign, as both were introduced together with the powerpoint tool. However, as students’ interaction with the tool advanced, the next level had to be subsequently initiated.
At this rate, what do students need to learn about treatment of data?
Is it advisable to pick the essentials over the supporting details? Or do you stick to categories? And the best way to answer all that is to know what you want to give your audience, your objectives. If you want them to get educated, would it fit to proffer a list of assignment writing tips or samples? These are suggestive questions worth chewing when it comes to data.
- How to make the data consumable
Some data are in a form of which could be readily ‘consumed’ by the intended audience. However, this is not always the case. For instance, if the data is clothed in some techie’s terminology (e.g., jargons); in this case, students would have to process the data such that it becomes consumable (i.e., understandable in audience’ perspective).
With emphasis screwed to these treatment methods, as well as its consequent presentation, what had become of the tool? Its use did not necessarily go downgrade. In fact, its clever tweaking has been reinforced – now more than ever.
For instance, in context of the mentioned treatments of data, students are to ensure that the powerpoint slides capture the essence of treatment. This is made possible by having the treatments boldly manifest in the slides. If the data was categorised, implicate its common denominators or traits to which the category was attributed. This may be implicated by a short text, coupled with a clear conveyance during the presentation-introduction.
Apart from retrofitting the tool with the treatment of data, students are to ensure that the effects or layouts applied in the tool serve to capture interest, not distract the audience. Keeping everything in synch, students have to synchronise their speaking-style with the established tool.