Dylan Dyer IT 6710 Creative Designs Design Document Presentation Prowess

I am currently teaching a six-week world history unit on the history of genocide. In this course, we study historical examples of genocide and investigate the present situation in Darfur, Sudan. The culminating project in this course is to create a brochure document that promotes awareness about the international crime of genocide. I decided to create a music video that I could present to my students that would inspire them to promote awareness and educate others about the crime genocide. I wanted this presentation to teach my students about different ways individuals have created awareness about genocide and taken a variety of different actions to prevent future cases of genocide. I wanted to provide them with evidence of what people have already done in hopes that they would be inspired to think about something that they might be able to do as well. I did not complete a presentation makeover. The presentation that I created was from scratch. I needed some kind of presentation to use in order to serve as an introduction to our final project. The entire course will watch the music video together, prior to working on the final project. I am also planning to provide the video on our class website along with the project instructions. I believe I have accomplished my goal with this presentation.

My audience will be a diverse group of learners that range in age between 15-19. I am not aware of each of their specific personality types. However, I believe that it is always important to think of all personality types, so I will prepare to present to all types of communication preferences.

Learning Objectives:
My presentation will be focused on the topic of what individuals can do about the international crime of genocide. My primary objective is to instruct my learners about real-world examples by demonstrating what individual citizens have done in order to create awareness about genocide and aid in the prevention of future genocides. 

Recognize that genocide is a global issue in our world Identify several ways that individuals have promoted awareness about genocide Identify ways that individuals can take action to aid victims of genocide Identify ways that individuals contribute to the future prevention of genocide

For their final project, students will be asked to create a genocide awareness brochure document. After the presentation, they should think differently about genocide prevention and awareness. They should be knowledgeable about different ways that individuals have promoted awareness about genocide and this should give them

Dylan Dyer IT 6710 Creative Designs Design Document Presentation Prowess inspiration and ideas for their final project.

The problem that my learning audience has is that they do not fully understand the variety of strategies that individuals can use to help prevent and create awareness about the crime of genocide. The presentation will contribute to solving this problem by making them aware of these strategies and the different ways that people have taken action to prevent genocide from occurring.

For this presentation, I will require general facts and other information about the topic of genocide. This will include facts that support the claim that genocide is a global issue such as death toll statistics of past and present genocides, genocide definition information, UN Genocide Prevention facts, and specific ways everyday citizens (such as high school students) can do something to promote awareness and prevention of genocide.

I believe that the most important instructional point that I will make during this presentation is the fact that everyday people, of all ages, have the ability to do something about an issue that has plagued the world for over a century. I think the most important thing I want my students to understand is that individuals have the power to create change in their world.

I decided to use the music video format for my instructional purposes. I realized that the content that I am dealing with is very emotional and also very complex. I felt like I needed to include a lot of text in my presentation in order to explain these complex issues. I also wanted to incorporate music into my presentation because I think that it provides another level of inspiration and uniqueness to the content and it would make it much more compelling and entertaining to view.

I worked very hard to follow the S.Co.R.E. model to structure the information in my movie. I wanted to create a need for the information that I was presenting to my learners so I posed questions throughout the presentation (³did you know?´). I think that this was effective in creating complication and resolution during the entire presentation (Abela, 2008, p. 76). I wanted the sequence of my data/evidence to be clear and convey a specific message. I wanted them to understand that genocide was a global issue in today¶s world. Therefore, I presented several death toll numbers, dates and locations along a time sequencing line to display this data (Durate, 2008, p. 68). I originally had these data points set on timers, but these transitions became distorted during the file conversion process.

Dylan Dyer IT 6710 Creative Designs Design Document Presentation Prowess I wanted my presentation to feel smooth and uninterrupted. I wanted it to feel very linear where all complications and resolutions are contributing to the main objective of the presentation (Abela, 2008, p. 86).

According to Medina, vision ³trumps´ all of the other senses. I wanted to include an image on almost all of my slides that accurately portrayed and descriptively illustrated the text on my slides. I wanted the picture to specifically represent the red words in each slide, as if the images were speaking those words. I think that this was effective in most of my slides (Medina, 2008, p.233-238). My presentation required several images of people. According to Durate, if you require images of people in your presentation, it is important to have the person facing the text. I attempted to do this with appropriate images (Durate, 2008, 97). I tried to organize my slides so my images would help ³guide the audience¶s eyes through the content.´ I also tried to capture that idea in my design by using the arrow/line graphic. I wanted this to help viewers guide their eyes through the text and the images and onto the next slide (Durate, 2008, 96-97).

I wanted to create contrast on my slides through the use of color. I chose the color red to highlight specific words and/or phrases on the slides. I didn¶t want to use too much contrast, which would have made it meaningless. I tried to select the most important words on each slide that captured the main idea for that part of the presentation (Durate, 2008, 94-95). I think that I ended up with a lot of text on my slides, but I believe that this text is necessary for the content. However, I tried to reduce the amount of text and be as concise as possible (Reynolds¶ Examples) and (Durate, 2008, p.221). I wanted to have a uniform and consistent design with the text. I chose to use the same font and color for all text on the slides and stick with the color red as my highlight color (Reynolds¶ Examples).

I used Durate¶s advice and used and arrow/line to move the audience through each slide. For me, this was effective and I think that it looks sharp. I like the way it breaks up the slide and gives the slide movement (Durate, 2008, p. 96). I attempted to order the layout of my slides with the delivery of the music that I created (this was difficult). An important part of the format that I chose was the music component. I believe that music has the ability to evoke a lot of emotion, and I think that my music matches well with the movement, appearance and layout of my slides. I also think that activating more senses while viewing my presentation makes it much more memorable and engaging (Medina, 2008, p.219). I tried to use my whitespace effectively on each slide and not use the entire slide. I think

Dylan Dyer IT 6710 Creative Designs Design Document Presentation Prowess that this has created a clear and concise slide that is easy to understand. There are a couple slides that seem a little too busy (the ones with the word clouds) but I think that there is still enough whitespace and good contrast to make the slides understandable (Durate, 2008, p.106).

I will measure the success of the instructional presentation by having a class discussion about what they think individuals can do to help prevent genocide and help victims of genocide. We will also complete a genocide awareness brochure that will include a section about genocide prevention.

Peer review results:
I received feedback from two of my peers. The following are my guiding questions along with constructive feedback:
Q1: Is my sequencing effective? I tried to follow S.Co.R.E. model. A: I thought you had a good story to tell about genocide and your sequencing made sense. It was interesting and had good flow. I know there is a lot of focus on the SCoRE model in this class, so it¶s good that you incorporated it into your presentation. A; Yes. Your slides were easy to follow and understand. I did not find any problems with the sequencing. Q2: Are my images contributing to the content or distracting? A: I think your images are contributing to the presentation. I did not find them distracting at all. The images add to the story/history of genocide. Words are not enough when describing such a powerful and emotional (and evil) subject. The pictures are worth a thousand words. A: The images certainly contribute to the content and are in no way distracting. Q3: Is there too much text on my slides? A: I did not find the text distracting on the sides at all (even on the ones with a lot of words). Your presentation timing was perfect. I was able to read everything before it moved to the next slide. A; The text is fine although on the slide with your genocide timeline there may have been a little too much information to be fully grasped before the slide changed. I am not sure if it is feasible to change it though, because breaking up the timeline would take away from the impact of the slide. Maybe lengthening slightly the duration of the slide might help. Q4: Are the transitions distracting... do they need to be altered? A: I did not find any of your transition distracting at all and I¶m easy distracted, so that¶s saying something. A: As mentioned above the transitions in general are good but on some slides with a bit more information to digest I would recommend transitioning slower. Q5: Is the use of color/text (red) effective? A: I like the use of the color red on some of the text. The red color brought out the text and made it more noticeable. This is a good thing. It got my attention. A: The use of color text is effective. My eye is drawn to it and it is a very good way to emphasize a point

After reviewing my peer responses, I found that the design selections I made were appropriate. It didn¶t appear that I needed to make many adjustments or modifications to my presentation. However, I did take Martin¶s advice and edited a couple of the slide transitions to make them longer.

Dylan Dyer IT 6710 Creative Designs Design Document Presentation Prowess

Abela Worksheets:
A.1a. Audience Personality Type Audience: High school students between the ages of 15-18 Personality Type: Personality types of students are unknown. I will need to prepare for all personality types A.1b. Audience Personality Implications  Provide all parts of presentation in advance y I would be able to do this.  Plan for lots of discussion and Q&A  Make sure to include all relevant facts and details in presentation or appendix  Provide overview up-front  Identify principles, costs and benefits y Costs/benefits does not apply to my presentation. I will have to discuss some main concepts/ideas  State implications for each person or group of stakeholders involved  Present conclusions up-front  List all alternatives considered A.2. From-To Think-Do Matrix From What are they thinking now? They are thinking that there is nothing that they are able to do to prevent the crime of genocide What are they doing-or not doing today? Not doing anything/not knowing how to prevent the crime of genocide To What should they think after your presentation? There are actually a lot of different ways that they can become involved and do something to prevent the crime of genocide What should they start doing? Doing something to prevent/make people aware of the crime of genocide. For their final project, they must create a Genocide Awareness Brochure.



A.3 Audience Problem

Dylan Dyer IT 6710 Creative Designs Design Document Presentation Prowess The students do not fully understand how they can do something that helps prevent and make other people aware of the crime of genocide.

A.4 Spectrum of the Solution Contributions Help Recognize That There is a Problem Help Define the Problem Help Define the Solution Space Solve Part of the Problem Solve the whole problem I am hoping to solve part of the problem in this presentation or at least define the solution space. We will learn about a lot of ways to prevent/create awareness. A.5. Solution Evaluation Evaluation Criteria 1 2 Individual Research This could be effective, but not as inspiring 3 Group Research

Proposed-Music Video Presentation Effective if student sees the video and is able to understand it and it makes an impact of them 5-10 minutes


Not as effective and students might be off task


30-45 minutes

1 class period

A.6 List of Evidence 1. Facts that support the claim that genocide is a global issue in the world today a. Death toll statistics of past and present genocides b. Literacy rates, economic information, GDP data, etc about countries that have experienced a genocide in the past and/or presently 2. Genocide definition information 3. UN Genocide Prevention facts-dates and other related information 4. Personal anecdotes/facts from survivors of genocide 5. Specific ways everyday citizens (such as high school students) can do something to promote awareness and prevention of genocide.

A.7. Stakeholder Analysis

Dylan Dyer IT 6710 Creative Designs Design Document Presentation Prowess Whose help will we need for our recommendations to be implemented?

My students

What must each of them think or do for our recommendations to be successful?

Where do they stand on this? What do we need to do to close the gap?

Buy in to the presentation and use the ideas it sparks in them to create an outstanding Genocide Awareness Brochure Currently I don¶t know what my students know about this topic Presentation, research, discussion and writing

SCORE Sequencing Situation: Genocide is a global issue in our world Complication: Genocide is a global issue and not very many people understand the nature and causes of the crime, nor ways to prevent it« since the 1948 UN Convention, Nations promised to not let this happen again, yet, genocide still exists today. Why? Resolution: There are simple ways that you can help to prevent genocide. Example: Provide different examples« Complication: Don¶t think you can do anything to stop genocide because you are just one person? Example: Student run website and prevention effort. http://www.helpdarfurnow.org/index.php

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