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Annotate PRO: Presentation Skills Edition

The Presentation Skills Edition Library (PSE) helps teachers provide in-depth feedback at the speed of a live presentation. Whether you’re capturing feedback in-person, during a video presentation, or asynchronously via an assignment dropbox like Canvas Speedgrader, AP’s Presentation Skills Edition helps you give specific, actionable advice 10x faster than you could manually.

PSE features 260+ comments focused on:

  • Slide design
  • Stage presence
  • Voice and tone
  • Delivery
  • Preparation tips
  • Online presentations
  • Q&A sessions
  • Argument and fallacies
  • Outlining

PSE also integrates links to concise articles written by 11trees’ experts to help students develop essential skills like creating a solid argument, designing impactful slides, and having a strong stage presence.

Almost every organization lists communication skills as one of their most critical issues…and presentation skills are a large component of communications. (Dolan, 2018)

MIT Global Education & Career Development

How does AP’s Presentation Skills Edition library help?

PSE allows teachers to provide feedback at a level of detail that would be impossible to accomplish manually.

Presentation Skills Edition Library feedback is conveniently divided into different groups and sub-groups to allow for easily locating comments. The groups cover the key aspects of presenting: slide design, voice and tone, handling Q&A, presenting online, introductions and conclusions, body language – PSE is a masterclass in giving professional presentations.

For example, if a student starts off their ten minute presentation with a three minute anecdote, you could send this with a few quick clicks:

Your introduction took too long to present. As a general rule, your introduction should only be 10 to 15% of the presentation’s total length. Try cutting it down to leave more time for your main argument.

Of course you can quickly customize all of PSE’s content to suit your style and pedagogical goals.

Whether you are providing feedback while students are presenting OR commenting on a recording or a slide deck, PSE will help you create coherent feedback that helps students continually improve.

Many of the comments in PSE include additional references to the 11guide (forever free and ad-free) which will aid them in developing core presentation skills. We’ve developed and continue to develop articles to help students and professionals alike improve their presentation skills.

One of dozens of free references in the 11guide:

Discussion Moderator Edition with Canvas

Online Presentations – An Essential Skill

One of the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is that schools and business that were straggling behind in the realm of online meeting and presentation tools have been forced to make use of them. We believe this is a good thing. Online tools provide greater flexibility and opportunities for collaboration. In-person meetings and presentations aren’t going away, but mastering the skills of presenting in both formats will be crucial for professional success.

 

Many lessons that we teach about how to construct and deliver an effective, memorable presentation are obsolete in the virtual meeting age.

Merrie Spaeth

Former White House Media Director

However, a successful online presentation requires different skills than a successful in-person presentation. Not only have students had to adapt to presenting online, many teachers have also been thrust into learning how to present online with little to no training. That’s why we’ve created comments and articles [link to tips for online presentations article] guided at helping students and teachers alike to become masters at this modern form of presenting. Unsure of the best way to place a webcam and light yourself? Microphone configuration? Creating a professional looking slide deck? We’ve got you covered.

How to Add PSE to your Annotate PRO account:

From the AP Chrome Extension or Word Add-in:

  • Click Edit
  • Click Activate Libraries
  • You’ll be logged into the AP web experience and taken to a list of all available Libraries. Scroll down to find “Presentation Skills Edition” and click License Me!

PSE will be added to your account and available for immediate customization and use in CanvasBlackboard, Microsoft Word, Google ClassroomSchoologyD2LMicrosoft Teams and more. 

 

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FAQ

How much does PSE cost?

PSE is a premium, licensable library. It can be licensed for $36 per year of $12 a year if you’re already a premium user.

For instituional pricing please contact us.

How can I share a customized version of PSE with my colleagues?

Institutions licensing AP for use by multiple instructors can efficiently share custom AP Libraries including PSE or a customized version of PSE. Contact us to learn more.