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Training Media

Overview of Types of Training Media

Slides, LCD Projectors and Computers

Slides are still the most common visual aid used during trainings. However, many health care professionals are switching to LCD projectors and computers to project computerized presentations onto a screen using presentation programs like Microsoft PowerPoint.

When designing slides or computer-generated presentations, remember:

  • Keep each slide simple with bullet points and simple visuals. Each bullet point can be elaborated upon during the presentation.
  • Use a large enough font (at least 28 point) so that the text can be read from the back row of the training room.
  • Use colors and designs that are pleasant, but not distracting.
  • Use colors that make text stand out on a slide. Use a light color for the text on a dark-colored background. The more color used, the less effective text will be.
  • Use visual aids that complement the text.
  • Use a uniform font throughout.
  • Use text on no more than 75 percent of each slide.
  • Use animation sparingly, if ever. Although it is interesting to have bullet points appear or cross the screen as you read them, animation can easily be distracting.

When using slides, remember:

  • Make sure your slides are placed in the carousel so that they project right side up.
  • Practice showing your slides before the training.
  • Practice using the remote control for changing slides.
  • Practice operating the electronic pointer if you will be using one during your presentation.
  • Always have a spare bulb and an extension cord with you.
  • Designate someone to control the room lights.

When using LCD projectors and computers, remember:

  • If you do not have your own slide projector or LCD and portable computer, reserve one for your training.
  • Make sure the computer is equipped with compatible software to run your presentation.
  • Make sure that your presentation fits onto a diskette, CD or USB memory stick.
  • Before the training, do a test run of your presentation to make sure that there are no problems using your disk in the computer.
  • Always bring a copy of your presentation on overheads in case you have technical problems.