Giving Compelling Presentations of Your Research

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Many educators find it difficult to adapt their research into a presentation. This is especially true for those who are new to the profession, who are on the tenure track, and must demonstrate their ability to conduct research and disseminate it, not only through scholarly publications but by presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences. Even those who have given presentations previously can find the process challenging especially if an earlier presentation did not go as well as expected.

This "how to" course will provide you with tools and best practices for developing a compelling presentation. It will give you a boost on the process from the selection of appropriate conferences and venues, to helping you overcome the fear of speaking in front of small or large groups. At the conclusion of this course, you should feel comfortable selecting appropriate conferences for your presentation and, once accepted, developing a blueprint for the presentation and having confidence that your presentation will have a positive impact on the audience.

What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this micro-course, you will be able to:

  • Alleviate one's own fears and anxieties of presenting in front of groups
  • Identify the basics for presentation preparation
  • Identify audiences and venues for your presentations
  • Analyze key parts of a presentation
  • Identify best practice for presentations
  • Developing a MS PowerPoint of your presentation


  • Must be 18 or older

Course Policies

Grading and Digital Credentials

To successfully complete the course you will need to score 80% or higher on the final quiz. You have unlimited attempts to complete the quiz. Upon successful completion of the quiz, you will receive your digital credential.

Classroom Access

You will have access to the classroom for up to 30 days from your date of purchase.

Classroom Support

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Faculty Bio

Dr. Alan Seidman

Dr. Alan Seidman

Dr. Alan Seidman is founding editor of the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, a scholarly, refereed SAGE publication. Now in its 25th year of publication, it has been the only journal devoted exclusively to college student retention issues. Dr. Seidman is professor emeritus at Walden University and executive director of the Center for the Study of College Student Retention ( The center provides retention resources to individuals and educational institutions. Dr. Seidman has given presentations at local, national, and international conferences as a presenter, plenary and keynote speaker. He has also given presentations at faculty development days and evaluated college and university efforts in his area of specialization, college student retention. He is the recipient of the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service and the Walden University Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership Extraordinary Faculty award.


  • Why Present at a Conference?
    A responsibility you assumed when you became a Steward of your Discipline.
  • Fears and Anxieties Related to Giving Presentations
    Explore fears and anxieties and how to overcome them.
  • Audiences and Venues for Presentations
    Learn about the various audience and venues for presentations.
  • Elements of a Good Research Story
    Explore the elements of a research story.
  • The "Pitch" & Development of a MS PowerPoint
    Development of your verbal and visual presentation.
  • Conference Goals & Themes, Format and Types of Presentations
    Examine conference goals and themes, formats, and the different types of conference presentations.

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