- Look at your existing PPT decks and give them a makeover. Look at other people’s presentations and notice what you like and don’t. Chances are your slides are looking at bit dated – mine sure were. Focus on beautiful and meaningful pictures with minimal text and very minimal bullets. Audit the learning objectives to ensure that the visual matches the message.
- To make sure the flow of your deck honors the learning needs of all your learners, always audit your design to Howard Gardner’s 8 (or 12) Multiple Intelligences:
Interpersonal – did they get to work with others?
Logical – did they work with specific checklists and processes?
Spatial/Mathematical - were there meaningful visuals?
Musical – did you use legal music to set the environment for start, thinking, breaks and end?
Linguistic / Verbal – were words used to communicate?
Intrapersonal - did they get to work alone?
Bodily Kinesthetic – did they get to move, change tables, laugh?
The Naturalist intelligence was added to enable human beings to recognize, categorize and draw upon certain features of the environment. Spiritual, Existential and Moral intelligences were considered, but Gardner did not feel there was enough distinction yet.
- Get creative blending learning. Push the envelope. Integrate interviews, quick videos, breakout groups, handouts, quizzes – you name it. With all the amazing tools available, copy the format of some wonderful blended programs (IDEO, Linda (LinkedIn), etc.) I have a bias that human connection must occur for learning to occur, and these programs are actually doing it. I’ve enjoyed connecting to others in the IDEO workshop I’m currently taking.