By Kristen Albertsen, Consultant, CES Provider Training
This month I’d like to take a moment to highlight an aspect of course development that many providers find mundane or so automatic as to not warrant mention: the importance of AIA CES’s mandatory quality assurance presentation slides, and other slides we recommend for clear and coherent presentations. All providers know and use AIA CES’s four mandatory slides: AIA CES Best Practice slide, Course Description slide, Learning Objectives slide (all at the beginning of the presentation, in that order) and Conclusion / Questions slide (at the end of your CES presentation, and on or after which you may include company contact and product information). To these, we’ve recently added a fifth mandatory slide, which the vast majority of providers use intuitively anyway: a Title slide. On this Title slide (the very first slide of the course), we require the provider name and number, the title of the course, and the date the course is offered (if applicable). A sixth slide, a Copyright slide, is optional, and if used should be inserted after the Best Practice slide (and may include your company logo).
These slides are mandatory because in addition to conveying essential course information and your pledge to abide by AIA CES best practices, they act as bookmarks for your course, clearly delineating the academic content from any promotional or company material that may follow. Of course, some providers, such as those offering a workshop or tour, may not use presentations; in this case the information in the mandatory slides must be distributed to attendees in a handout.
As many of our providers know from experience, however, good presentations often include other standard slides not required by CES quality assurance but useful for organizing and clarity. For example, you may want to include a slide showing the outline of the course towards the beginning of the presentation so your audience has a clear idea of how the presentation will flow. You also may want to include section or subsection slides to better demarcate different topics and subtopics within your presentation. Finally, you may want to include some interactive slides, posing questions to your audience that solicit multiple choice or even open-ended answers.
In that spirit, I’ll close this discussion of slides with a question of my own: have any providers found other slides they habitually use to be useful in organizing, clarifying, or engaging their audience? If so, we’d love to hear about it – feel free to contact me directly or share your ideas on Facebook or Twitter!