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Guidance for Educators: Speak freely

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Welcome all. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues. If you think they'll find this. Interesting. So let's talk today about how you deliver your notes. I'm going to assume that if you're delivering any kind of lecture, you will have notes and it's absolutely critical that you don't stand and read.

It's also important that you don't substitute your notes with PowerPoint slides that have bullet-pointed versions of your notes, and you end up just reading out the bullet points. There's good practice and bad practice in that. There'll be other resources available around that shortly. So, I think it's really important that you think about how you convey the message of the learning using your notes.

It's 'notes', not a script. Don't illustrate with bullet points, use as much eye contact as possible and make sure that you are illustrating key points. If you are going to use PowerPoint as a visual tool, it is a visual tool, not a text-based tool. It's absolutely critical that you recognize that the most powerful tool you have when you're teaching is your own voice.

And there are things you can do to train your voice. There are ways that you can encourage your voice to carry more meaning, more conviction, and there'll be resources about that coming out shortly. So I tend to rehearse at least part of any presentation. I don't always rehearse the entire one hour lecture or 40-minute lecture or 35-minute lecture, but I will always try and rehearse at least part of it to make sure that the tone is right, that the notes are structured in such a way that they will support what it is I want to teach.

So I would suggest that you try something similar. Let me know how it goes. Be well.

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About Simon Paul Atkinson

30 Years as an academic practitioner, educational developer, educational technologist, e-learning researcher, strategic advisor. Simon is now an Educational Strategst and Consultant. Experienced presenter and workshop facilitator. Formerly the Head of Learning Design at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand. Previous roles included Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning (BPP University), Academic Developer (London School of Economics), Director of Teaching and Learning (Massey University - College of Education), Head of Centre for Learning Development (University of Hull), Academic Developer (Open University UK)

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