visual explanations

Nanoelectronics and Photonics Seminar: Visual Explanations

Materials for the Nanoelectronics and Photonics Seminar visual explanations presentation.

Visual Explanations CTE presentation Nov 17 2010

FIles and resources for Nov 17 2010 Visual explanations workshop for the Center for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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FSI 2010

Materials for my FSI 2010 learning team are online at:

FSI 2009 Visual Explanations Learning Team Materials

FSI 2009 Materials for Learning Team
Brian McNurlen & Jim Witte

Visual explanations:

Attached PPT presentations below.

Build a graphic organizer activity

Here's a short activity that has learners copy and paste internet-based images into a PowerPoint 2003 slide, and has them construct a graphic organizer showing the life cycle of a butterfly.

Attachments below include the activity in PDF format and the exemplar PPT slides (in PPT format).

Visual explanations article: HTML version

HTML version of my visual explanations article is now online at:

Improve Presentation Slides with Visual Explanations

This is an article I wrote for the Spring 2008 campus "iTeach" newsletter on visual explanations in presentation slides. Attached article is formatted to be a paper handout.

The article is online at:

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Beyond Bullet Points: Suggestions for Effective PowerPoint Lectures

Materials to accompany workshops presented July 21 2007, Sept 14 2007, Oct 10 2007, Oct 11 2007 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Presenters: Brian McNurlen (CITES ClassTech), Chris Migotsky (CTE), Jim Witte (ATLAS)
Materials at:

Explaining with Graphics

Materials that accompanied a workshop on Oct 4 2006.
Available at:

Quantitative Graph

Quantitative graphs include bar charts, pie charts, histograms. Numbers tell a story, and different kinds of charts convey different impressions. People don't typically examine charts carefully -- think of charts as a quick visual summary.


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