Which Presentation Format is Right for You?

Not sure if you should be submitting a formal presentation, panel discussion, or lightning slides? This quick guide will help you determine which Faculty Academy format is the best fit.

Formal Presentation

This format type makes up the bulk of presentations at Faculty Academy. You’ll be asked to talk for 10-15 minutes about your topic of project. You’ll be presenting alongside 2-3 others in a session that will last 60-75 minutes. A session convener will keep time and reserve 10 minutes or so at the end of the session for all of the presenters to answer questions from the audience. You can present with another person, but you’ll still need to keep your presentation under the 15 minute time limit. You’ll have access to a computer (you can also plugin your own laptop) and projector. If you need additional technical support/equipment, you’ll need to note that when you submit your presentation.

This format works best for:

  • An individual who has a project they would like to share
  • A small group of people who would like to present a project or idea
  • Someone (or a small group) who would like an opportunity to answer questions/get feedback
  • Someone who is comfortable presenting their topic/project for 10-15 minutes

Panel Discussion

Faculty Academy usually includes 4-5 panel discussions that run 60-75 minutes each. When you submit your presentation, you’ll be expected to have assembled a group of people to present. Your group will have 30-45 minutes or so to present and discuss their projects/ideas, and then the floor will be opened to discussion. A session convener will introduce you and keep the conversation moving. You’ll have access to a computer (you can also plugin your own laptop) and projector. The most successful panels include plenty of time for discussion. If you have an idea for a panel discussion but are having difficult assembling a group, please contact a member of DTLT. We can work with you to put together a session.

This format works best for:

  • A group who is working on a project together
  • A group who have tackled similar projects and wish to compare them
  • A group ¬†who want to have a discussion about a broad-ranging topic or idea

Lightning Slides

Lightning Slides is a new format at the 2010 Faculty Academy. You’ll be expected to put together a set of PowerPoint slides for your presentation. You will need to have 20 slides, and each must be set to automatically advance after 15 seconds (we can help set this up for you). You’ll have 5 minutes to get through your presentation (20 slides x 15 seconds). You will be expected to submit your slides a day or two prior to the session so that we can make sure all of the presentations are properly configured and the session runs smoothly. You will present as part of group during lunch on Wednesday or Thursday. There will be no formal Q&A after Lightning Slides.

This format works best for

  • Someone with a narrowly-defined/focused project or idea
  • Someone who is interested in experimenting with a new session format
  • Someone who is comfortable with PowerPoint and putting together a compelling visual presentation
  • Someone who is not expecting time for discussion or feedback on their presentation
  • Someone who does not need to use anything but PowerPoint in order to present

You can find more information about the formats on our Presenting page. If you have any questions about any of the Faculty Academy formats, feel free to contact anyone in DTLT. We’re always happy to discuss the options with you!