By Monique L. Lewis, iMedia ‘15
The first big hurdle of the iMedia program is over!
iMedia ’15 has submitted annotated bibliographies and the first draft of research papers, which are (hopefully) about the topic we want to pursue for our capstone projects, are due in a week and a half. In the meantime, Pecha Kucha presentations began in Dr. Derek Lackaff’s class, Theory and Audience Analysis in an Interactive Age.
Pecha Kucha is a concise presentation style that’s made up of 20 slides that advance automatically every 20 seconds and you talk along to the slides, for a total of six minutes and forty seconds. The format sounds a little intimidating to keep all of your information in such a short amount of time for each slide, but the first set of seven presenters all did a great job handling the pressure. All students in Lackaff’s class are required to prepare a Pecha Kucha presentation on a course-relevant topic that goes beyond the assigned reading and their research topics “to present a coordinated and interesting treatment of the subject under investigation.” Students are graded on topic choice, expertise, organization, evidence-based argumentation, visual clarity, visual aesthetics, time management, professionalism and engagement.
The first week’s topics were Beauty Vlogging on YouTube, Fantasy Football, Bitcoin, 3D Printing, The Power of Video, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and Near Field Communication (NFC). The class live tweeted during the presentations using the Twitter hash tag “#pktheory” making the presentations very interactive. Some iMedia students’ tweets were retweeted and favorited by companies and profiles related to the topic.
Pecha Kucha presentations will continue for the next four weeks until Lackaff’s class ends before fall break. I am looking forward to seeing the upcoming presentations and learning about the new topics that my classmates have managed to become experts in on top of all the other work we have to do this semester.