Effective Visual Aids

About the Module

Slide10This second module from the Speaking Center aims at enhancing students’ skills with visual aids. Many FSEMs involve a significant speaking component, and the use of visual aids can be essential for success in a presentation. The module starts with a brief video introducing the importance of visual aids and continues with a second video that explains their purpose and outlines six steps to encourage effective design. Following the videos there are guided examples of strong visuals, a practice quiz to help students recognize the most effective options in design, a directory of helpful resources, a handout that summarizes the module, and a final quiz to test their understanding. This module will help our students start college with a strong foundation in visual presentation skills.

Activating the Module

All currently available QEP modules will come pre-loaded into your FSEM’s Canvas course, and you will have the ability to activate the modules of your choosing. We ask that for assessment purposes, you use at least three modules from each skill area in your fall 2017 course. Everyone must use the Communication Theory module.

To activate a module, go to the Canvas home page for your FSEM and click on “Modules” in the left menu. You should see a list of all available modules (12 in total). On the right-hand side of each module and its content, a small cloud icon indicates whether or not the module and its pieces have been published. To activate a module, click on its corresponding gray cloud, and most of the content will change to a published status. Manually publish the module summary files by following the same procedure.