Thursday, April 3: Teaching students (and ourselves) how to make good presentations.

As a university we are committed to more that merely creating experts in the various fields of knowledge. We also want to equip our students with the wide array of skills that they will need to successfully navigate the world when they leave. One particular skill that is necessary in order to have successful careers and to be productive and contributing citizens is the ability to explain one's ideas clearly and well to diverse audiences.

Since we have all sat through tedious presentations by experts in the field, it should be obvious that the ability to engagingly present one's ideas to others is not a skill that emerges automatically with greater knowledge.

Bill Doll has just published an engaging little booklet titled Speak! that he originally developed for the SAGES program that succinctly presents what any presenter needs to know. He and UCITE Associate Director Sarah de Swart have visited numerous SAGES classrooms to help the teachers of those course better aid their students in developing this skill.

Needless to say, this knowledge is invaluable to anyone, including faculty and staff, who wish to improve their presentation skills.

At the next UCITE session they will share what they do.

Please join us for this discussion from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in the Herrick Room, which is on the ground floor of the Allen building (at the corner of Adelbert and Euclid).

Pizza lunch and sodas will be provided at the sessions. To help us estimate the amount to order, please let us know if you plan to attend this session by replying to this email to