Detailed Formatting Standards

Below are a few tips for your presentations to ensure they will be easily legible on the lecture screens and compatible with the videoconference environment.

  • Use a 24-28 point for text. Anything smaller may become hard to read for students sitting farther away from the screen.
  • Use basic fonts like Arial, Tahoma or Verdana.
  •  Avoid cursive fonts as they may be hard to read.
  • Avoid animations and page transitions beyond straight cuts.
  • Don’t reduce font size to fit information in; start a new slide instead.
  • Make sure your text doesn't run to the edge of the slide as it may get cut off during projection.
  • We recommend creating or adapting an existing 4 X 3 Powerpoint presentation to 16 X 9.  For more information on the rationale and the mechanics of this, please see the "Creating 16:9 Presentations" section.


Leaving Space on the Powerpoint for the Recording Inset

As you are probably aware, all first and second-year lectures are recorded and posted on the (password protected) portal for student review.  The recording that is posted is comprised mostly of the Powerpoint, but also has a small image of you, the teacher, at the bottom right slide, overlapping the Powerpoint image a bit.  You can see this illustrated in the following screenshot:

As you create or adapt your Powerpoints, leave an empty space in the area where the inset will be; that is, don't put text or images in that area.