We’ve taken the E-Learing Blog’s 5 Visual Presentation Mistakes and made them relevant for the online lecture.
1: Scale Your Images
This should be an easy fix, but be careful when you drag images to re-size them. Keeping the original scale of your images helps to create clear, engaging visuals.
The fix is to drag it from the corner to scale it and preserve its aspect ratio. It most apps, you hold the SHIFT key and drag to keep it locked while you scale it up or down.
2: Help your Audience Focus, Visually
Using bolded font, or a clear design to focus the eye helps make important information stand out on your slides. Without bolded or larger font, your students will scan across the screen in a Z pattern. You can use this tendency to help organize your information, but try to use large chunks of text without a focus piece sparingly.
Here are two good fixes:
- Learn more about basic design ideas like the CRAP (contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity).
- Everything on the screen should be there for a reason. I call this intentional design. If doesn’t help meet your objective, it probably doesn’t need to be there.
3: Keep a Consistent Visual Style
Try not to overload your slides with a massive mix of font colors, sizes and slide designs. Sticking with an overall color scheme can help to tie in your presentation as a cohesive unit.
Other elements of visual inconsistency are:
- Too many fonts with no rationale for switching from one to the other.
- Decorative images used to fill empty space rather than contributing to communication.
- Fitting all of the content on the screen so there’s no white space.
- NASCAR-like branding in the course.
4: Create Visual Hierarchy
This ties in to point number two, but ensure that key themes and points in your lecture are given the same amount of weight. This will help to establish them as thematic elements.
The e-Learning Blog recommends creating a simple style guide with headings, sub-headings, and body text.
5: Align your Content
Without a clear set of organization or alignment your presentation can look sloppy. As a rule of thumb try to keep your items justified and aligned beneath your central title, or centered down the middle.
This is easy to fix:
- Have consistent margins.
- Align objects, left justified is the most common. If you switch the justification, have a reason why.
- Extra space between groups helps communicate that they’re grouped.
- A lot of people use a grid system to keep onscreen objects aligned.