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Overheads: Communicating Visually

Tip Sheet No . 22

from the CTL workshop:

Oct. 1, 1996
Jackie Schliefer

1. The less you put on the overhead, the more you can talk about it.

2. Cover the overhead and then reveal each point as you come to it in lecture.

3. Overheads can be used for more than lecture material--present announcements, show a stimulating quote, give a cartoon without a caption and have the class create some, etc.

4. Use the 6x6 rule of thumb: 6 lines by 6 words is optimal readability.

5. Mixing upper and lower case lettering is more readable. All capitals in a word are more difficult to read because they lack the ascenders and descenders which cue the reader.

6. Use frames, even a simple one, around your text for a finished, “together“ look. Or create a blank overhead with only a frame and combine it with your text overheads so you can switch frames from time to time.

7. Be consistent with style of background, borders, and colors.

8. Use as large a font as possible. Font size should be large enough to be seen by the entire audience.

9. Use color and graphics, such as cartoons, for impact.

For more information about this workshop, contact the CTL staff or any of the following individuals who attended:

Visiting faculty from Owensboro institutions -- from Brescia: Rebecca White. from Owensboro Community College: Jim Glenn, Cornelia J. Glenn, Steve Walton, Wayne Rogers. WKU faculty: Shara Shipman (GTA), Linda Todd, Lea Jacobson.


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