Be the best bad presenter ever

badpresenter_rectangleDo you feel the pressure to be perfect when doing a presentation?

Author, Karen Hough says relax! Break the rules, be yourself and make mistakes to connect with your audience, she says in her book Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever.

Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever is available online via Griffith University Library’s Books 24×7 database.

The database also has other helpful books on presentation skills. Take a look!

Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rule, Make Mistakes and Win Them Over
By Karen Hough
Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2014
Click here to access

Passion and authenticity wins people over; not perfection. Packed with wise and witty advice, this book will help you avoid being one more robot behind a podium and will help free you to be a living, breathing, occasionally clumsy real person whose passion is powerful and infectious.

The Introverted Presenter: Ten Steps for Preparing and Delivering Successful Presentations
By Richard Tierney
Apress 2015
Click here to access

Laying out a complete process guaranteed to raise you from a debilitating state of terror and aversion to a comfortable place of clarity, calm, and competence—perhaps even brilliance, this concise guide will show you how to deliver competent presentations, no matter how unsuited by nature you might be to the performing arts.

How to Deliver a TED Talk: Secrets of the World’s Most Inspiring Presentations, Revised and Expanded New Edition
By Jeremey Donovan
Published: McGraw-Hill 2014
Click here to access

Whether you’re presenting to an audience of 1 or 1,000, this indispensable book for any public speaker will teach you how to give a TED-style talk to achieve your personal and business goals.

Lights, camera, action! The Media Production Team at THETA 2015

mediaproduction_rectangleThe Media Production Team, headed by Eva Czaran, were the crew behind the video camera’s at this year’s THETA Conference.

They created the video that showcased the presentations, activities, and interviews, as well as successfully capturing on camera the fun, relaxed vibe permeating the May conference.

Producing the video for the THETA Conference was challenging due to tight timeframes.  The highlights video was shown on the last day of the event, which meant they had three days to film, edit and produce a video.  “We had to conceptualise, shoot and edit on the run, ” said Eva.

Long hours were spent in post-production to ensure the final video was more than just good footage but that it told a story. And since filming was an all day affair, post-production was all night until early morning.

However, there were no complaints from her dedicated Early Career Crew; which included a Graphic Designer, Audio Designer, Camera Operator and Audio Recordist  – all Griffith students or recent graduates.

“My Audio Designer, who was working with us online from the Sunshine Coast, was so inspired by her team mates work she told me, ‘you have me until dawn!’”

That doesn’t mean there weren’t tears. “One of the students had tears in her eyes when she saw the finished THETA highlights video,” said Eva.  “ It was just such an emotional experience. We all worked so hard, and the students worked so amazingly together”.

This isn’t the first project that Eva has recruited Griffith students and graduates for. There has been a long-standing partnership between the Media Production Team and the Griffith Film School.

It all started five years ago when a Griffith Film School student approached Eva about doing work placement as part of her final year of studies.

“She was with us for an eight week period. She was so technically savvy and hungry for new information.  All that was lacking was real world experience”.

Eva was so impressed with the student’s skills and abilities, recruitment since then has been done through the Griffith Film School. “We get approached directly from students and we also receive student recommendations from lecturers”.

The Media Production team employed five Early Career Crew last year and just in the second half of last year provided them with 94 days of paid employment.  Eva highly recommends creating professional opportunities for Griffith students and graduates. As a Griffith University graduate herself, Eva said “it is such a privilege to have a positive impact on their future”.

Apps: create presentations, layout collages and run from zombies


By Instagram Inc
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play

Instagram’s newest app lets you create fun, one-of-a-kind layouts by remixing your own photos and sharing them with your friends. Choose photos from your camera roll—or use the built-in Photo Booth to take spur-of-the-moment shots—and instantly see them laid out in various combinations. Pick the layout you like best, then edit it to make it your own.

Haiku Deck
By Giant Thinkwell
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes

Haiku Deck makes it a snap to create beautiful presentations that will wow your audience – whether you’re pitching an idea, teaching a lesson, telling a story, or igniting a movement. The Template Gallery offers dozens and dozens of great templates contributed by members of our community. From business plans, to report templates, to webinar templates, and more, it’s never been easier to get a great-looking presentation out the door!

Zombies, Run!
By Six to Start
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play

Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game and audio adventure. Every run becomes a mission where you’re the hero, with our immersive audio drama putting you at the centre of your very own zombie adventure story. While you run to the perfect mix of heart-pumping audio drama and pulse-pounding songs from your own playlist, you’ll collect supplies to grow your base back home.

Automatic booking of non-lecture course activities in Lecture Capture

lecturecapture_rectangleAutomatic booking of non-lecture course activities (i.e. tutorials, seminars, workshops, etc.) in the Lecture Capture Service will be made available from Summer Semester 2015/2016.

You will no longer be required to do the manual booking for the timetabled non-lecture course activities.

Using the existing Timetable Data Collection process, you will be able to indicate your course timetable requirements. Non-lecture course activities will automatically be scheduled for recording when:

  1. A Lecture Capture requirement has been indicated in the Course Timetable Requirements (CTR) Data Collection system; and
  2. A Lecture Capture venue has been timetabled.

The Timetable Data Collection period for the Summer Semesters 2015/2016 and Semester 1 2016 will be starting mid July 2015.

The automatic booking of lectures and the Lecture Capture opt-out process, guided by the Lecture Capture Policy, will remain unchanged.

The Lecture Capture Service, schedules and records the in-class presentations and automatically publishes the recordings to the associated Learning@Griffith course sites. The Service has been supporting learning and teaching activities at Griffith University since 2009.

Since its upgrade to the Echo360 system in 2013, the Service is now available in 130 venues, with more than 20,000 recordings published in Semester 1, 2015.

For more information about Lecture Capture Service visit the Blended Learning Support site.

Open Data and the Public Sector

The Friends of the Library invite you to Open Data and the Public Sector 

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Facilitated by Tim Cox, 612 ABC Brisbane, our panelists will discuss the possibilities and potential of open data to improve process, productivity and performance in the public sector.

Our panelists are:

  • Mike Stapleton, Deputy Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Road
  • Anne Tiernan, School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University
  • Linda O’Brien, Pro Vice Chancellor, Information Services, Griffith University

This is a free event with registration essential. Doors open at 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start.


Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues, the panelists and facilitator, Tim Cox. You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event.

Thursday 16 July, 2015
5.30pm Doors open
6.00pm Presentation begins
7.00pm Friends of the Library cocktail reception

Where: QCA Lecture Theatre and Gallery (S05), Room 2.04. South Bank campus


Learning@Griffith is moving to the Cloud

learning_squareSince March, the Blackboard Project Team have been working on moving Learning@Griffith from the Information Services basement into Blackboard’s cloud hosting environment.

The move is scheduled to happen on the 11th and 12th of July. This means Learning@Griffith will be unavailable for two days.

There will be no changes to the Learning@Griffith user interface or functionality. The changes will effect the back end of the system only.

Aside from supporting the Griffith Online Strategy, the move to the Cloud provides many benefits to the University, including greater coverage of system-wide outages.

Moving Learning@Griffith to the Cloud presents many challenges – both technical and non-technical. But the project team is up for the challenge as they have experience on their side.

Earlier this year, the team developed a small learning environment that is successfully hosted in the Cloud. The learning environment uses the latest version of Blackboard and created specifically for Griffith’s Accelerated Online Programs.

If you have any inquiries or concerns about the Blackboard Project, please contact Den Cho.

Applying for Higher Degrees by Research is now easier


The online applications and workflow for Higher Degree by Research applications was successfully released in early May.

Higher Degree by Research applicants are guided step-by-step through the application. They are able to upload all required supporting documentation, nominate referees and supervisors.

Once the application is submitted, the applicants are also able to track their application online. They can see the status of the application and whether referees have completed the referee statement.

The online workflow also assists in streamlining the approval process for the relevant staff. HDR convenors and Deans (Research) can see the accreditation status and the current supervision load for supervisors to assist with determining workload. HDR convenors also have the option of including the supervisors in the online workflow.

Training opportunities were offered on all campuses during May with almost 100 staff registering to attend either an information session or hands-on training workshop.

Anyone interested in learning more about the new online applications and approvals for Higher Degree by Research can view the range of self-paced resources available from the Griffith Portal. (Griffith Portal > Research > Academic resources > Admission help resources.)


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