Real Video/Audio Introduction. Listen to your instructor discuss key concepts that will guide your learning during this module. The content of this module will include:
This module will address presentation and outreach skills, integral to successful technical communication to various audiences. This module consists of a Risk Communication primer, developed by ASTDR, a PowerPoint presentation, and your ability to use library and internet resources to develop a successful presentation. Support for the library and internet resources will be found in the "Community" link of your blackboard window. There are currently two downloadable files (one Word, one PowerPoint) available through the Course Documents tab of that Community Link. Additional materials pertaining to internet resources will soon be forthcoming.
You will need all of these resources to develop your own presentation as part of this course (see below).
As a result of completing this module, your learning objectives will be to:
To guide your understanding of key concepts throughout this module, the following assigned resources are available:
As part of this course, you are assigned to develop a technical outreach presentation. The purpose of this assignment is to get you familiar with communicating technical aspects of toxicology, and also to allow each of you to contribute additional detail to the content of this course. This assignment will help you develop meaningful and effective outreach skills. These skills are particularly relevant to community-based healthcare workers and environmental science professionals.
As you are now aware, Module 3a covers the topic of Risk Communication and Outreach. The module is split in such a way that it continues later in the course with Module 3b. Module 3b will be your presentation. All students will make presentations. The presentations are worth a significant portion (20%)of your final grade, and will be based in large part on effort and ability to develop a well-organized technical presentation according to the basic guidelines offered in Module 3a.
You are assigned to develop a PowerPoint presentation covering some technical aspect of toxicology. Your target audience is other healthcare professionals. This audience is expected to have either advanced nursing, medical or science degrees, and therefore you should deliver the content of your presentation at that level. The topic of your presentation should revolve around the communication of risk related to a particular toxic agent. You are welcome to focus on one specific aspect of a toxic agent risk or deal with risks to specific populations or communities. Feel free to choose something of personal interest or something that you would like to gain additional expertise on. Regardless, your content and contribution will become part of this course.
The PowerPoint presentation should have a clear objective. It should be well organized according to the outreach presentation offered as part of Module 3a (outreach.ppt). It should be developed using PowerPoint NOTES. In other words, you will generate a series of slides. With each slide there will be a corresponding notes page that will substitute for verbal narration that would ordinarily accompany a live outreach presentation. However, you should not use a casual narrative tone in your NOTES; develop a clear, concise narrative as part of what will be a printed handout. It may take a little time for some of you to get familiar with using PowerPoint and it's menus. If you have difficulty after making serious attempts, use the Discussion Board (Module 3a general questions) to ask your classmates and instructor how to get past any difficulties or technical challenges.
You need to pick out a topic for this presentation, give it a tentative title, and generate several bullets relating to what content you might include as soon as possible. Email this brief outline to Dr. Kane (as the body of an email message, not as an attachment) by March 14th. This will leave sufficient time for you to give thought to your topic and content, and also time for Dr. Kane to approve your topic and provide any feedback as necessary.
A penultimate draft of the presentation is to be delivered to Dr. Kane, using the course drop box, no later than Friday, April 18th (sooner is better). Dr. Kane will provide each of you with feedback. You will then be expected to generate a final presentation no later than Friday, April 25th, and send it to Dr. Kane again via the drop box. Dr. Kane will then post the presentations to the course website, whereupon they will be available for outreach to the class, and discussion amongst the class participants (we will use the Discussion Board for constructive critique).
Please be aware that this is a research assignment.
You are expected to use literature resources including books,
journals, online resources, and other materials. In addition to
the resources provided through the Community Link in your Blackboard
website, you should feel free to use all the resources at the
HSL library, including reference librarians to obtain necessary
and relevant materials.