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Presenting for Impact: Leveraging the Science of Adult Learning to Deliver Great Presentations

In this resource, two experts in adult learning present proven strategies to help presenters deliver more impactful learning experiences—ones that effectively support a learner’s ability to gain and apply new knowledge or skills. Designed to be used during presentation development, the course explores key takeaways from the science of adult learning (andragogy), highlighting methods that support learning and those that hinder it.

The speakers offer practical tips and strategies that can be integrated into presentations of any kind, whether for online or in-person delivery.

The resource includes a 1-hour on-demand video and 1 hour of reflection/application activities.

You will be able to:

  • Identify and apply techniques to gain, focus, and maintain attention
  • Identify and apply evidence-based practice opportunities to support learning

This resource is available as a course for CE credit (ASHA CEUs or professional development hours) in the ASHA Learning Pass

Applying the Concepts

This resource includes ample activity time so you can reflect on and apply the concepts—ideally to a presentation you are currently developing. Download the worksheet and devote 15 minutes after each video section to complete the corresponding page.

Full activity worksheet [PDF]

Resources [PDF]

Introduction

Set the Stage

The first moments are among the most important. That’s when you gain attention, establish a connection, and begin to foster the engagement necessary for learners to act on the knowledge and skills you’ll share.

Applying the Concepts

After watching the video above, take 15 minutes to complete page 1 of the worksheet [PDF].

Craft the Content

Make sure the amount of content you present to learners is manageable, focus the learners’ attention, and support long-term retention and application.

Applying the Concepts

After watching the video above, take 15 minutes to complete page 2 of the worksheet [PDF].

Promote Participation

In order to learn, learners must make an effort. As a presenter, you should provide clear opportunities for learners to participate.

Applying the Concepts

After watching the video above, take 15 minutes to complete page 3 of the worksheet [PDF].

Frame the Future

Help learners understand that, after the presentation, they should periodically revisit and engage with the key concepts and ideas you cover. Provide—or help them find—opportunities to do that.

Applying the Concepts

After watching the video above, take 15 minutes to complete page 4 of the worksheet [PDF].

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