Education, Uncategorized

Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices

This article provides very useful tips for adapting PowerPoint lecture slides for online  delivery.  The following points are particularly useful for synchronous, or live, lectures.  Information should  be:

  • As concise as possible
  • Organized logically (no skipping around)
  • Relevant to the important concepts you’re trying to convey (as opposed to spending equal time on minor points or details)
  • Rich with stories, personal examples, and/or examples that clarify and amplify the important concepts
  • Primarily visual (very little text presented on any screen)
  • Broken down into separate 2-7 minute recordings, each based around a single concept.

I’ve conducted synchronous classes using “standard” PowerPoint slides, but have never been happy with the results, as I sound very much like a talking head.  I’m integrating many of the ideas in this article to create a more dynamic synchronous experience.  I will provide a full set of slides for students to peruse, but will use a separate, visually-based set for the synchronous sessions, with greater emphasis on student input.

Animal welfare

Israel Announces Ban on Animal-Tested Cosmetics

According to VegNews, “the import or sale of any cosmetics tested on animals is now banned from the country.

Following in the steps of the European Union, Israel instated a countrywide ban on any cosmetics or toiletries that are tested on animals.” I am delighted to hear this news, particularly in light of wake of cosmetics companies that are testing on animals (even if in the past they have not done so) to cater to the Chinese market.  I very much hope that Canada will join the enlightened policies of Israel and the EU and ban the import or sale of any cosmetics tested on animals.  The problem with some companies is that although they say they do not test products for sale in North America, they are now conducting animal testing for the Chinese markets; an example of this are companies like Avon, Estee Lauder, and L’Occitane.  I always liked L’Occitane products, but will no longer buy them, since animal testing is still animal testing, whether it’s done for a local or foreign market.  The Leaping Bunny website still remains the best resource to determine which companies do not test an animals, full stop.