Please complete this editable registration form and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 250-721-6494.
As there are several PSWs being offered, please specify the date of your workshop on this form. Thank you.
PSW Registration Form (word)
PSW Registration Form (rtf)
What is PSW?
The Presentation Skills Workshop (PSW) grew out of the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) (for information click here) format. The workshop is designed to reinforce the basics of giving a good presentation.
- Sessional Lecturers
- Post docs
- Graduate students
- Practically anyone who is interested in improving his or her presentation skills
If you can identify with any of the following, you will benefit from participating:
- You are someone who tends to be nervous when giving presentations
- You have an oral exam coming up
- You are trying to develop a new style of delivery
- You have a conference presentation to give
- You will be presenting at a departmental colloquium
- You will be giving a presentation in a classroom about your research
- You need to gain confidence when standing in front of a group of people, whether in a large auditorium, or in a smaller classroom
- You hope to transfer this confidence to your teaching
- You feel you need practice in speaking slower, louder, clearer, or need to control those hands!
How does it work?
- Each workshop is limited to 10 participants (split into two small work groups of 5).
- The PSW is a two and a half-day process. The first day is a half day, but the two subsequent days start at 9 am and finish around 4 pm.
- Day 1 is an introductory session giving each participant the guidelines required to create effective presentations (see below for more detail). Participants also receive their workshop manual and leave ready to work on preparing their presentation for Day 2 of the workshop.
- On Day 2, each participant delivers a 10-minute presentation to their small work group.
- Each presentation is videotaped for the participant to view later at home.
- As well, each participant is given written and oral feedback from their peers about their presentation.
- On Day 3, the whole group works together giving their presentations in a large auditorium. Again, each presenter is videotaped and receives oral and written feedback. The day concludes with a participation certificate ceremony.
What presentation skills will participants learn?
- The necessary components of a good presentation and how to use them.
- The details you need to take into consideration.
- Effective non-verbal communication.
- How to use voice effectively (volume, rate, pitch, tone).
- Looking at support material and which to use.
- Tips for answering audience questions.
- How to handle presentation anxiety.
- Effective use of visual materials.
- How to chair a presentation.
- How to work effectively in groups.
- How to give and receive constructive feedback.
- How to manage time effectively.
What is expected of each participant?
- To receive the completion certificate, each participant must attend the whole workshop.
- To provide the required deposit no later than two weeks before the workshop start date. This deposit will be returned to each participant if they complete the workshop requirements.
- To come each day with your presentation prepared and completed. Homework is required, outside of the workshop time. All presentations are to be prepared at home and be complete on the day of delivery.
- Everyone is expected to provide constructive suggestions to their peers on what to try next time for their presentation.
- To share with colleagues techniques that they have found effective in their experience.
- To bring lunch each day. A continental breakfast is supplied for Day 2 and 3, and there will always be plenty of coffee!
Eligibility for full funding?
This workshop is open to all teachers or potential teachers currently affiliated with a department/school at UVic (including post docs, TAs and other grad students). Graduate students must be enrolled in a UVic graduate program. Special arrangements are also available for current instructors at Vancouver Island Educational Developers' Alliance (VIEDA) partner institutions. These include Royal Roads, Camosun College, Vancouver Island University and North Island College.