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11/8/08 5:33 PM Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides: the Assertion-Evidence Design Page 1 of 9 http://writing.engr.psu.edu/slides.html Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides: The Assertion-Evidence Structure Assertion-Evidence Models Center for Disease Control Penn State (1) Penn State (2) Sikorsky Aircraft Simula Research Lab Virginia Tech Assertion-Evidence Templates PowerPoint 2003 PowerPoint 2007 Teaching Slides (2003) Criticism of Traditional Design Gomes, Wall Street Journal Parker, New Yorker Tufte, Wired Schwartz, New York Times Assertion-Evidence Design: Talks Doumont, IEEE-PCS Talk, 2007 (audio) Alley, USGS Talk, 2005 (video) Alley, SPIE Webinar, 2007 (pdf) Teaching Resources Assertion-Evidence Design: Research Geoscience Education (January 2007) Tech Comm (May 2006) Tech Comm (November 2005) FIE (October 2005) More Assertion-Evidence Models Clemson University Norwegian Inst. Air Research Penn State (3) Scandpower Petroleum University of Illinois US Geological Survey Recently, much criticism has arisen about the design of slides created with Microsoft PowerPoint. This web page challenges PowerPoint's default design of a single word or short phrase headline supported by a bullet list. Rather than subscribing to Microsoft's topic-subtopic design for slides, this web page advocates an assertion-evidence structure, which is shown in Figure 1 and which serves presentations that have the purpose of informing and persuading audiences about technical content. This structure, which features a sentence-assertion headline supported by visual evidence, is documented in Chapter 4 of The Craft of Scientific Presentations , a November 2005 article in Technical Communication, and the presentation "Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides." Figure 1. Example of a well designed slide [Zess and Thole, 2001]. Three key assumptions exist for using the assertion-evidence structure. The first is that slides are an appropriate visual aid for the presentation. Too often, slides are projected when no visual aid would better serve the presentation. Second, the success of the presentation hangs on the audience understanding the content. Finally, the primary purpose of the slides is to help the audience understand the content, rather than to provide talking points for the speaker. For a number of years, others have advocated an assertion- evidence structure for slides in engineering and scientific presentations. These advocates include Larry Gottlieb
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11/8/08 5:33 PM Rethinking the Design of Presentation Slides: the Assertion-Evidence Design Page 2 of 9 http://writing.engr.psu.edu/slides.html (Lawrence Livermore National Lab), Hugh Keedy (Vanderbilt), Bob Leedom (Northrop Grumman), Jean-luc Doumont ( Principiæ ), and Cliff Atkinson ( Sociable Media ). In addition, instructors such as Rick Gilbert and his team of trainers at PowerSpeaking, Inc., have recently started teaching this slide structure. To make it easier for you to adopt this structure, this web page provides a special PowerPoint template that you can download to your computer and modify to communicate your content to your audience. Also, to provide you with models, this
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