June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society
22.831.1 - 22.831.13
Improving Presentation Skills: Adoption of Pecha Kucha Style in Engineering CoursesGreat communication skills are a primary requirement of most jobs. Developing effectivewritten and oral communication skills is essential for students in every field, includingEngineering. In an effort to improve these non-technical skills in engineering students, oralpresentations are a requirement throughout the curriculum at XXX University, a traditionalliberal arts institution.One of the main problems encountered with that requirement is the inadequate use ofPowerPoint. Students create presentations that are too long, with too much information oneach slide, and more often than not, presenters address their audience without rehearsal orunder-rehearsed. The audience loses interest in the topics and the message conveyed getslost.With the goal of improving presentation skills we required students to design theirPowerPoint presentations using the Pecha Kucha style. In this style, students are requiredto present their design and/or research projects in 6 minutes and forty seconds. Thepresentation must contain 20 slides with duration of 20 seconds each. Slides are simple;with pictures and only a phrase or word describe the picture or idea. The pace of thepresentation keeps the students focused and both the audience and the presenter becomemore engaged and motivated.This style was used in two different courses with different kinds of presentations. Juniorstudents presented their research project for the Electromagnetics course, and sophomorestudents used this style to present their design projects in Statics and Dynamics course.After the presentations, students were required to answer a questionnaire where theycompared their experience using Pecha Kucha style with traditional PowerPointpresentations. Details of the assessment tool and results of the student’s questionnaire arepresented and explained in detail.
Soto-Caban, S., & Selvi, E., & Avila-Medina, F. (2011, June), Improving Communication Skills: Using PechaKucha Style in Engineering Courses Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18112
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