Have you ever wondered how you can present your research results in a more confident manner? In this course you will learn how to improve both your preparation and your presentation skills. You will discover how to design your visuals in the clearest and most appropriate way, structure your presentation correctly, get and keep the audience’s attention, make good use of your voice and body language, and handle questions from the audience.
A useful feature of this course is that you will be able to practice presenting your own research results, and will get feedback to improve your presentation. This will enable you to make adjustments that will render your talk more effective. Also, you will be less nervous when giving your next presentation, as you will already have had an opportunity to overcome any weaknesses. By presenting your research results confidently, you will be able to attract and retain your audience’s interest, thereby enabling you to make your point more effectively.
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4 Weeks, 4 Hrs/week workload
Information elements to include in an academic presentation; structuring your presentation; creating an effective opening and ending; performing a presenting-related task
Creating a rapport with the audience
Language to use in a presentation; designing interesting visuals; performing a presenting-related task. Peer reviews will be used.
How to use your voice; body language; effective use of gestures; performing a presenting-related task. Peer reviews will be used.
Finalizing your presentation (including via peer and teacher feedback); revisiting your learning objectives; dealing with questions from the audience politely and appropriately; performing a presenting-related task; evaluating the course.
In the Effective Conference Poster Presentations track, you will study the course topics below:
Getting started on your conference poster presentation
Your objectives; the information elements of a conference poster; the design of a conference poster
The layout of a conference poster
Arranging the information, including the graphs/charts/tables; design (including style and font size); use of language
Pitching the results of your research
The use of key words and phrases; attracting and keeping the audience’s attention
The pitch revisited
Use of voice; body language; finalizing your conference poster presentation (including peer and lecturer feedback); learning objectives revisited; course evaluation
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.Schedule TOEFL®
Minimum required score:
The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.Schedule TOEFL®
Minimum required score:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Schedule IELTS
Minimum required score (Grade B):
C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
To enrol for this course, you need:
A Bachelor’s degree
Sufficient proficiency in English reading and writing
Access to course book ‘’Dynamic Presentations’’ by Mark Powell. ISBN 10: 0521150043 & ISBN 13: 9780521150040.
As this is an online course, you do need access to an internet connection in order to be able to follow lectures, complete assignments and communicate with fellow participants.
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