Instructional design/Online Presentations/Choosing Engaging Elements
Typography, Color, and Graphics are Used Appropriately[edit | edit source]
You have entered the home stretch! The last pieces of the rubric are focused on making the presentation engaging. Using appropriate typography (fonts and font styles), colors, and graphics will motivate and engage the audience. Using them inappropriately will cause your audience to tune out and sometimes even get a negative impression of you and/or your content.
Typography[edit | edit source]
Typography should be used to keep the learner engaged. A familiar font and size will maintain learner attention. If you want to highlight something, choose one way to differentiate - either size, font form, or color. The eye will be drawn to this differentiation.
Keep these tips in mind for typography:
- use full sentences for slide titles and short phrases for bullets
- do not overcrowd the slide with text
- limit presentation to two or three familiar fonts
- font size should be big enough to read
- to emphasize elements use different fonts, sizes, bold, or italic
- offset key text
- align text consistently
Color[edit | edit source]
Color can be used for emphasis or to set a tone. When deciding on how to use color in your presentation keep in mind that your audience will have emotional reactions to your use of color. Adopting a "less is more" philosophy about color will help keep your audience's reactions positive. The images below show how to (and how not to) use color in your presentation.
Clashing Colors[edit | edit source]
Colors that are difficult to see[edit | edit source]
When using color to provide contrast it is important to avoid clashing colors. We can avoid clashing colors by using a color wheel (see below). Keep these tips in mind when using the color wheel:
- use opposite colors
- use adjacent colors
- use colors which form a triangle
Graphics[edit | edit source]
We all know the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words", and we should use this to our advantage when we give a presentation. Graphics will add to the engagement and effectiveness of the presentation when they are used to add to the content or add motivation through humor or stories. Just like with typography and color, there is a good way and a not so good way to use them. Take a look at the slides below to see how you can use images to enhance the content being presented.
Add to Content[edit | edit source]
Motivation[edit | edit source]
Keep these tips in mind when using graphics in your presentation:
- use graphics of good quality
- graphics must add to the content or provide motivation
- avoid copyright issues by using graphics
- which you create
- are in the public domain
- are licensed for your use
Spelling and Grammar[edit | edit source]
- use proper grammar and spell check your work
- use a conversational tone
(Need we say more?)
Let's Practice[edit | edit source]
Choose the best answer for each question below based on the slides presented.
Here's how these slides could be improved.
Alright, it's time to apply what you have learned! Click "Next" to access the final assessment.