Tomsk State University Free Online Course on ‘Presentation Skills’

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  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
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About this course

National Research Tomsk State University offers this course on “Presentation Skills: Designing Powerpoint Slides.” Powerpoint slides are like children: no matter to what extent they are unpleasant, you’ll think they’re attractive if they’re yours” — Scott Adams. So, due to the importance of presentation, it’s a huge stress to look at most Powerpoint slides. Based on the “design” skills of the speaker and the audience’s taste slides create various emotions from a slight frustration to physical sickness.

Despite the audiences’ boredom, still, the worst thing is that instead of making the presentation better, such slides faze the audience, divert its attention and ultimately require the speaker to explain them rather than being quite self-explanatory. The course introduces universal design principles, templates, colors, typefaces, slides’ typography, use of photos and pictograms, arrangement rules, and ways to create clear and expressive charts and diagrams.

Course details:

Course developers: Tomsk State University & E-Learning Development Fund

Language: English

Course provider: Coursera

Learning mode: MOOC

Subject: Presentation and Speechwriting

Price: Free

Certificate: Paid certificate available (optional)

Duration: 4 weeks

Start date: Flexible deadline

Course prerequisite

This course is not a PowerPoint basics course. You should have a basic knowledge of either Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote software.

Course instructor:

Alexei Kapterev: is the author of “Death by PowerPoint,” the world’s most famous presentation on presentations, with more than 10 million views until now. He manages a consulting practice in addition to working with Mercator, a Russian leading business graphics company. In 2012 he was conferred honorary membership in the UK Speechwriting Guild.

Learning objectives

The purpose of this course is to change the likely annoying or unattractive design and style of presentation by equipping learners with a plethora of tools to prepare simple, obvious, and beautiful slides that improve the presentation of the speaker.

Course syllabus

The course takes four weeks:

Week 1:

Part 1: Key principles of design

Week 2:

Part 2: Templates and colors meaning

Week 3:

Part 3: Typography and photographic illustrations

Week 4:

Part 4: Diagrams and data visualization

Course benefits

  • Earning a sharable certificate upon completion
  • 100% online _ you can instantly start & learn at your own pace
  • This Course Plus the Full Specialization
  • Graded quizzes and assignments
  • Practice quizzes
  • Instructors from top universities teach the course
  • Course videos and readings

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