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# EDUC 1300: First Year Experience: Civic Engagement Project: Prof. Seals

This guide provides additional resources to support EDUC 1300, and to introduce campus & library resources.

Civic Engagement Project

Instructions:

  • Students choose a community need that they feel passionate about.
  • Students create a one page powerpoint to include the following:
    • Name of cause
    • Purpose of organization
    • Needs of the organization
    • Contact information (how to volunteer or contribute)
  • Students present their powerpoint to the class to increase awareness of community causes and to improve presentation skills
  • Individual student slides are compiled by instructor for one class powerpoint to be added to the D2L course for student reference.

PowerPoint Basics: Keep It Simple

PowerPoint presentations are designed to serve as a guide or as a background image. Keep in mind the following tips when adding content to your PowerPoint:

  1. Select an appropriate layout.
  2. Do not clutter each slide with words. 
  3. Add bullet points to convey the main points on each slide. When presenting, you can verbally elaborate on each bullet. 
  4. Use images and text on slides 
  5. Limit the amount of animation (movement of elements on the slide) and transition (how the slides change into the next) styles. Do not alternate between transition styles on each slide. Even though transitions can make your presentation more interesting, the key is to be consistent.
  6. Use high-quality graphics that are the right size for your presentation. Small images that are stretched larger will get fuzzy, and low-resolution images just look bad at any size. Using high-quality graphics will make your presentation seem more professional.
  7. Insert charts to represent quantitative data
The video tutorial below walks through adding slides, custom backgrounds, insert and manipulate images, insert WordArt and text, adding animations and transitions, and saving as both presentations and PDF files.

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