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A very professional self-running presentation


Your task this time is to create a self-running presentation summarizing what we have covered in this semester. You may use this opportunity to create a presentation that both displays expertise with presentation tools and is a tool to convey a message to a specific audience.

You may use any presentation tool you prefer for this task, but not all of them can do all that the task calls for. If you choose to use PowerPoint, you have all the components you need. If you choose to use something else, be sure it can do everything that is needed.

Remember, no matter what platform you use for your presentation, it will be viewed on a standard Windows 10 laptop. Don't be in for an unhappy surprise when something that works on your laptop does not work on the instructor's laptop.

Presentation Topic

You may choose the topic of your presentation.
If you cannot think of a topic you want to use, select one of the following:
  • create a visual résumé that introduces you to a potential employer or to someone or some organization you want to hire/select you for something
  • create a presentation talking about your home town, home state, or anything else associated with your roots. Make it a product that will help the viewer learn about the topic and entice the viewer to want to learn more
  • do a critique of this class - what did it cover, what was good about it, what could be done better. Be critical and make recommendations. I will take the comments to heart and put them into effect where possible, but your grade on this task and this course will be based solely on how well you meet the specification on the specs sheet.
  • comment on the utility of one or both of the newsletters I had you subscribe to - talk about the newsletter, the authors, the topics they focus on, and on how useful the subscription turned out to be for you


If you have a need to create a presentation that satisfies a requirement for another class you are taking, you may use this presentation to do just that.

If you choose the last option, tell me via email

Even though this presentation will be intended to satisfy a requirement in another class, you do need to display the requisite skills listed on the specifications

  • the two objectives should be complementary. In particular, the specs preclude use of bulleted lists in most cases, so you may have to make significant modifications to your existing presentation
  • and, where one or more of the specifications is not appropriate for the class the presentation is made for, you can display your skill with the tool by using hidden slides



You may work alone or in teams. If you choose to work as a team, I need to hear the voices of all the team members in the slide narrations.

Your goal is to create a single presentation that simultaneously satisfies two objectives:

  1. it will be a self-running presentation that incorporates slide timing and your narration
    • this presentation will run automatically just as if you were delivering the presentation live
    • I will see the slides, hear your narration, and observe images and objects in the order and timing you wish them to appear
    • I will use this version to decide on the points for Esthetics
  2. but the presentation should be created as if you were, in fact, going to present it live
    • it should be set up with delivery tools, in particular with on-screen navigation tools, so that you could present it and have total control over how it would run
    • we will cover this requirement in more detail during the delivery session
    • I will use your design to decide on the points for Formatting Decisions

You may create this presentation alone or you may work in teams of your own selection. When you or your team has completed the task, you or one member of a team may store it in a single password protected directory. Each of the members of the team will place a hyperlink to it on their respective web sites (the individual storing it will have a relative link to it, the others will have absolute links to the finished task). When it's ready for me to download and grade, send me a note telling me to retrieve it from your websites.

However, as we will be seeing this presentation during the final exam period, you may instead choose to save it to the classroom desktop, from were the instructor will obtain a copy.

The saved presentation will include both the visuals and any accompanying sound files.

We will all see all of the presentations
together in the lab together during the scheduled exam time



Use this gradesheet for guidance and I will post examples that should provide some visual guidance for the task components.