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Kill the peoples. Kills them good.
I taught a class on Effective Presentations, how to avoid standard pitfalls of PowerPoint - excessive animation, slide reading, crappy graphs. Originally this class was listed as Improving use of PowerPoint, which I though was misleading given my description of it:

"Combing two disparate topics, this class seeks to improve your use of PowerPoint through effective outlining, preparation and display of statistical data items."

Before class registration began, I had the name changed to Effective use of PowerPoint. Still vague but was correct.
Not great but I didn't state that I'd be teaching how to do cool things in PowerPoint. At the beginning of the class, I asked everyone why they're here so I can hit their topics. Many, many many people signed up thinking I was going to teach them all the cool things you can do with PowerPoint. Crap. Ok... So, I tell them that my class doesn't cover this. In fact, I spend a fair amount of time tell people NOT to use PowerPoint if they can avoid it. I also tell anyone that they are free to leave so I don't waste their time. No one leaves.

Today, I'm getting bad reviews. People are saying that I didn't explain how to use PowerPoint and why did I tell them not to use it and what a waste of time it was!

Admittedly, I didn't name the class well at first and could have explained things better. But that I told them before I started that they could leave if this wasn't what they wanted, I'm pissed to see these bad reviews. Why didn't you leave, you idiots?! I gave you a chance!

Grr. grrrrr.

Current Mood: irate irate

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suburbaknght From: suburbaknght Date: February 1st, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didn't take your class, but based on this write-up I approve fo what you taught. I long for a riot-squad grade beanbag cannon with which to launch "harmless" projectiles at anyone whose presentation consists of reading off their slides.

Powerpoint can suck it.

abmann From: abmann Date: February 1st, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ditto that. Slide readers need to be beaten.
tokudama From: tokudama Date: February 1st, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
People who are deeply unsatisfied with their lives on some level always have to bitch about something, right? In grad school, while doing evals, I was constantly amazed by the other students that would pick out the slightest trangression as their reason for putting in a bad review of a prof. In this situation, I would just sit back, relax, and think "they're doomed to failure" to myself a few hundred times. But that's just me.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 1st, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wish this were true, about the failure. These people were apparently up-to-snuff and our hiring policies are pretty high.

I can understand not leaving when I said they could because that could be insulting. But complaining about it afterward? C'mon, ya buttheads!
tokudama From: tokudama Date: February 1st, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are these anonymous reviews?
abmann From: abmann Date: February 1st, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
People may include their name. I haven't looked very hard to see if anyone did yet.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: February 1st, 2007 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
People are dumb and PowerPoint is the weapon of the weak. They didn't read the name of the class, obvious, it didn't say "How to Use PowerPoint," it said "Effective USE of PowerPoint," clearly indicating that knowing how to use it was a prerequisite. Duh.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 1st, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
True. I'm just saying I could have been more clear in the name and description. However, I did provide many ways out.
nathan_lounge From: nathan_lounge Date: February 1st, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm proud of you for upholding my position that power point is terrible and most people don't need to use it.
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