How to be a better presenter at your university
The University of Sydney’s Department of Communication and Media Studies is offering a free course on how to be better at presenting your lectures.
The course, entitled How to Be a Better Presenter, was launched this week.
Students in the class will learn how to present a lecture as effectively as possible and will be assessed on their presentation and delivery skills.
They will also receive mentoring from faculty.
The class will run through September.
Advertisement Students in the course will learn to: write better explanations of topics, make them more interesting, and use language that is meaningful, said Associate Professor Michael Stansfield.
“We’ll also explore the various types of presenter that we might expect to have in a university environment, and how to ensure that you can do the best job at your own university,” he said.
In addition to the lecture series, the course is offering two workshops, one to help students develop their presentation skills, and the other to give students feedback on their presentations.
“The main focus of this course is to help improve the way we present, as well as helping to develop students’ communication skills,” Associate Professor Stansford said.
This is the second time Associate Professor Simeon O’Brien has co-authored a course, after writing on the topic for the University of Adelaide’s Communication & Media Studies department in the late 1980s.
“This is an opportunity for us to look back and ask questions about what has happened over the last 40 years, and whether there are lessons we can take from it, and where we are going in terms of future development,” Associate Lecturer in Communications & Media, Dr Amy Scott said.
“In particular, we are looking at how we might be better equipped to tackle the issues that we are confronted with in the workplace today.”
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