Students in my UBC TAG courses can find handouts and files to accompany my courses below.
PowerPoint Users Group, May 28, 2002, 9:00am-Noon in the TAG Seminar room.I'm still looking for volunteers to present their PPT problems in return for solutions and suggestions from myself and the whole group.
I recommend that users of PPT own at least one good book on PPT. After reviewing many books I decided to recommend:
Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, Patrice-Anne Rutledge and Tom Mucciolo, Que. ISBN 0-7897-1904-5. Available through UBC Bookstore or Chapters. $59.95.is a very good book. A new edition of this book is available for PPTXP (PPT2002) but the differences between the two versions are fairly small.
Why this book? Good, price for the content and weight. Full copy of book plus extras on CDROM. The first "half" of the book is PPT specific how-to, while the second "half" is presentation how-to. If either your presentation or PPT skills are weak then this book will help you.
Que has a website for Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 and Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 (expected June 22, 2001).
If you've tried PPT help, and can't find the solution to your problem within, try:
my list of Presentation and PowerPoint web sitesThen try the PowerPoint Association Search -- a search engine for all of the PowerPoint pages maintained and written by the experts. Then, try the PPT Newsgroups: microsoft.public.powerpoint and microsoft.public.powerpoint.mac. (Use the hierarchical listing on the left of the newsgroup page to "Desktop Applications/Office/PowerPoint".) The newsgroups tend to have the same questions asked (and answered) over and over again, so try searching for appropriate topics that might address your issue before you post your question.
Finally, send me an email. (email address at the bottom of this page)
Planning a Scientific Presentation? I wrote a short (eight pages) document that discusses what a scientific presentation should include, the five major presentation purposes, the presentation basics model, the presentation planning tool, tips for planning your presentation, using PowerPoint for presentations, and includes "How to give a bad talk" by David Patterson. This document was originally written for a Computer Science Graduate Seminar at UBC.
Planning a Scientific Presentation (PDF, 115KB)