ATL provide a solid foundation for learning independently and with others.
Developing ATL skills
The most effective way to develop ATL is through ongoing, process-focused disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. To make this happen, students should develop clear and sophisticated understandings of how they learn best and how they can evaluate the effectiveness of their learning.
Communication is an essential experience in our lives. Communication is the activity of conveying information through the exchange of ideas, feelings, intentions, attitudes, expectations, perceptions or commands, as by speech, non-verbal gestures, and writings. It is by communicating with others how people learn about our ideas and how we figure out what other think. Without communication no meaning is exchanged, no ideas are shared and new ideas will remain unrevealed.
We need to develop strong communication skills in order to express ourselves with clarity, in order to ask strong questions and provoke big ideas. Through effective communication we will be part of the creation of concepts that might influence others and might become a turning point in a particular time, and it is for this reason that we need to be active listeners as well, for many times the opportunities for communicating and exchanging ideas will be around us, and we need to take advantage of the.
How do these skills help in my learning?
In order to succeed in this times when information inundates us, we need to be able to communicate our ideas effectively. Should we not develop this vital skill, we will miss great opportunities to learn more, to influence others positively and to be a part of change.
Be aware that communication skills are not limited to oral communication. This skill category also includes written, visual, and conceptual communication. You will have the opportunity to test your effective communication skills when you:
- Speak in public
- Deliver an oral presentation using a PowerPoint or Keynote
- Write an piece of written work (essay, short story, blog, letter, etc)
- Make a video
- Design an infographic
And many other situations.
Watch the video in the link “here” to view some tips on speaking in public.
Watch the video in the link “here” to learn how to design infographics using PPT.
Below you will find 10 suggestions that will help you enhance your communication skills when presenting with a PowerPoint of Keynote.
#1: Too much text, even in bullets
If you want your audience to read, give them a printed handout. Some readers may find it disrespectful from presenters to expect them to engage with long texts from afar.
#2: Bad Contrast
Avoid using dark colored text on dark backgrounds or vice versa. The more visual contrast, the more enjoyable your slides will be to look at.
#3: Staring at the Screen
Your PowerPoint slides should be used to supplement your presentation, not serve as a mirror to stare at. It could be regarded as very impolite, (even annoying), and unprofessional, to look at the screen for very prolonged periods of time and read your content to your audience.
#4: Standing in Front of the Screen
In order to properly and powerfully use your presentation slides, use a laser pointer, or stand next to the item you want the audience to focus and point at it without entering the projection area.
Creativity is welcome in presentations, but you should avoid creating distractions. You, the presenter, should be the center of focus, not what is going on in your slide (unless there is an animation that is truly expressing something crucial you want to convey).
#6: Templates and fonts
Be mindful when using the pre-Installed templates and fonts. All the elements in a slide (color, font size, shapes, etc.) communicate something.
#7: Avoid toggling in and out of PowerPoint excessively.
You do not want people to become disenchanted of your presentation by seeing how it on and off when you look for documents. Whenever possible, hyperlink documents, and audiovisuals in your hard drive. If you decide to use online resources, make sure you have proper access to Internet.
#8: Avoid using TOO MUCH clipart.
Remember that your slides should be homogeneously designed and, therefore, you should choose powerful images and graphics that add the to central idea.)
#9: Do not freak out if something doesn’t work.
You will demonstrate effective communication skills if you manage to remain engaged with your audience and are able to continue with the dialogue. You must remember that YOU are the communicator, the PPT is support.
#10: Consider the Venue
Whenever possible, design your presentation considering the venue where you will use it. Avoid putting important stuff by the edges for the presentation screen may be smaller or there may be pieces of furniture blocking them.