I have been interested in instructional communication and how academics present for some time. My interest began a number of years ago with my love for storytelling and hate for PowerPoint (or should I say the poor use of PowerPoint).
[Note: See below for related works]
I recently came across this video by Hans Rosling. I love his use of technology to tell this story. I was struck by his use of story, inflection, technology… to name a few things. I kept thinking about how this builds on what “weather men” have been doing for years but of course it does so much more.
So is this a new form of presenting? Is this a new form of storytelling? Not necessarily. And it certainly isn’t realistic (at least today) for the common person to tell stories like this. But it is certainly worth a look and serves as some inspiration to do more with technology, storytelling, and presenting!!!
Joni Dunlap and I just published an ECAR research bulletin called “Situational Qualities Exhibited by Exceptional Presenters”.
Bad presentations are commonplace, but rather than focus on what is wrong with bad presentations, the authors looked at what makes an exceptional presentation. They referenced recent work on the aesthetic qualities of learning experiences by Patrick Parrish and others, which describe aesthetic learning experiences as those that involve learners in the right level of challenge and heightened engagement. Aesthetic learning experiences are memorable and often transformative, leaving learners with enhanced confidence and capabilities—the very definition of exceptional. By attending to the situational qualities of aesthetic learning experiences, presenters are more likely to create exceptional presentations that establish relevance and engagement—and, therefore, have a better chance at achieving specific learning objectives and outcomes. To do this, the authors identified the most viewed presentations on the TED website as the sample for their study. They created a matrix based on the situational qualities of aesthetic learning experiences and analyzed the top six “most viewed” presentations (as of July 15, 2011).
Citation for this Work: Dunlap, Joanna C., and Patrick R. Lowenthal. “Situational Qualities Exhibited by Exceptional Presenters.” (Research Bulletin). Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research, October 18, 2011, available from http://www.educause.edu/ecar.