Prepare your Slides for Live Presentations

The source of this information is from the W3 organization that strives to make all information usable by all people.

When preparing information that will be projected onto a screen it is important to make that material visible to your learners. It is also suggested that you provide the material to the learners either electronically (such as posting it in your Canvas course). Student with visual disabilities have tools that allow them to hear the material or to change the font size so that they will be able to read it as well.

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Make text and important visuals big enough to be read even from the back of the room.

  • This includes graphics on slides, videos, posters, and other non-electronic material.

Use an easy-to-read font face.

  • Simple fonts with consistent thickness are often easier to read from a distance (as opposed to fonts where parts of the letters are thin, like Times New Roman). Avoid fancy fonts that are difficult to read.

Use sufficient color contrast.

  • Color contrast guidelinesWill open new browser window or taband evaluation toolsWill open new browser window or tabfor web pages might be helpful to determine sufficient contrast (although the medium is different because those guidelines are specifically for web pages). Use appropriate background and text colors. Some suggest when presenting in a light room to display dark text on a light background. When presenting in a darkened room to display light text on a dark background, and ensure that the weight of text is sufficient (for example, bold).

Make provided material accessible.

  • If you are giving participants’ material, make it accessible. You can view the W3 recommendations for our article "Make your Material Accessible".