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    « Karen Barton | Main | The Rorschach internet »

    January 05, 2006

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    What an interesting connection?

    Your post made me think of this presentation...

    http://www.identity20.com/media/OSCON2005/

    ...which has gotten wide play - not just for its content, but for the way it is constructed. I have shown this to faculty want to find out how to create such a presentation. Some have commmented that it's a form of Powerpoint that communicates more effectively to the MTV generation - and that this may or may not be a good thing.

    Cheers!
    John

    Great performance by Dick Hardt, John -- thanks, I loved it. And as you say, it's the form that's bewitching. One thing I liked about it was the way it was composed of visual loops & sub-loops, eg the routine about Dick's ID evidence. Actually, not so far from the oral routines of stand-up comedy or the methods of Homeric poets. Don't know enough about the tech side to say if this was lovingly crafted slide by slide, but I guess that once you get into the way of synching speech so closely with slide it gets easier to put together. And you can re-use sub-routines. I loved the inventiveness of the images (Grizzlies logo, then SOLD slapped over it) so that he seemed to be led by visual cues, not aural or logical. Then there was the type-text that summarised his spoken words, but paired right down, whereas in the usual PP style it's the other way round: speakers use the bullet point or page as a mnemonic, and elaborate on the point. That's where RSVP comes in. I don't know of any research that proves that rapid serial visual presentation results in better memory for text or concept. I guess it might be worse because there isn't the visual graphic of the page to cue concept. Dick, though, uses RSVP with images, and I found that watching it a second time, the images cued my memory not only for where I was in the presentation, but what he was going to say next.

    Whether or not it contributes more to learning than more pedestrian routines is another matter. Why should it? Maybe because image is a really neat fit to the words, and more memorable because of that. There were moments when it felt like full-throttle in a twenty-zone, but rewind was a button away, and roller-coaster was too much fun to wish for anything different.

    So when are you putting on the first course for faculty?!

    Wrote too soon re the technology. Followed up a mention of Lessig's blog by my colleague Karen Barton, and sure enough he gives a recipe -- http://www.lessig.org/blog/archives/003284.shtml. Thanks Karen.

    I've just recently posted stuff on Lessig style presentations on my blog following my first experience of trying to deliver one. I found both the creation of the slideshow and the delivery tricky because they are so different from my usual style.

    If you want to distribute this type of presentation (for example to students) I'd say an audio track was essential and the link Paul gives above is a good introduction on how you might do it.

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