Free PowerPoint Tutorial – Anatomy of an Academic Slide Deck: Tips, Strategies Revealed

A Free Course on Designing Academic and Scientific Presentations. Learn how to transform and elevate your presentation! – Free Course

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What you’ll learn

  • Discover the use of multimedia and a variety of elements to design an interesting and engaging academic slide deck
  • How to design a clean and minimalist slide deck for an academic and scientific presentation
  • Learn how to build an academic slide deck for a lecture on cardiac glycosides

Requirements

  • Willingness to learn
  • Open-minded

Description

A well-designed slide deck sparks joy, inspires your students and moves your audience during your lecture!

In this FREE course, discover how to use various elements and strategies to transform a dull or dry science-based slide deck into an attractive, interesting yet educational to our students and audience.

You will learn how I approach designing a slide deck, and delivering a lecture. In general, I am guided by the approach of Presentation Zen – a minimalist presentation approach that emphasises on having only essential elements on a slide and do away with non-essentials.

The course covers the following topics and skills in academic presentations:

      A. Introductory section

  1. About the Course

  2. Spotlight Effects for a Title Slide

  3. Essential Reading Slide

  4. Timeline Slide: A Map for Your Audience

  5. Using an infographic as a Quick Overview to the Topic

  6. Reviewing Previous Lessons: Why do it?

    B. Cardiac Glycoside Lectures

    Here is where I unpack the hidden structures and parts of my lecture slides on Cardiac Glycosides. I explain each part or a set of slides – sharing my creative process with you, including the anatomy of my slide deck.

  7. Intro Slide: How to Pique Your Audiences Curiosity

  8. Create Visually-attractive Slides using Advanced Gradient Fill

  9. State the Essence, Use Creative Text Highlights

  10. My Approach and Tips in Creating an Interesting Scientific Presentation

  11. Black is not the only colour… Using colours in an academic presentation.

  12. Teaching Strategies for a Large Audience

  13. Secrets Revealed: Influencing Drug’s Potency with Chemical structures

    C. Concluding Section

  14. A Re-cap + Zooming back to Big Picture

  15. Drawing an Action Potential of Heart Muscles using the Pen Tool

  16. Final Thoughts with Effective Presentation Tips

This slide deck has appeared in my blog; however, in this FREE course, I go behind the screen.

I go a few steps further showing you some tips, tricks and strategies I employed while designing these slides for this lecture.

The slide deck used to be a part of an Integrated Course on Cardiac Drugs. So I will also share several teaching and learning strategies that you would find useful, if and when, you’re asked to teach or give a lecture.

Come one, come all.

Enrol in this FREE course!

*Even though the slide deck was created in Apple Keynote; most parts of the lessons can be followed by listening to the audio and/or with PowerPoint. Happy learning!

Author(s): Aisyah Saad

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