and Instructions for Guest Lecturers
Thank you once again for your
willingness to participate in the Stanford Course: Perspectives in Assistive
Presentation topic: We most
probably have spoken about your guest lecture topic and how best to present it.
Suitable topics can be anything that relates to disability, rehabilitation,
assistive technology, or design techniques for which you have both expertise
and passion. You should plan for about 45 minutes presentation including
questions. Please consider bringing items to show, pass around, and demonstrate
as this adds interest to your talk.
Information needed: If you
haven't done so already, please provide me with the following information for
the class website and announcements:
- Title of your talk
- One paragraph description of your
- One paragraph biosketch
- Contact information that you would
like to give out
- A digital photograph (head
Class location: The class will
be held in in Thornton Center - Classroom 110. Refer to the
Classroom Location and Accessibility
Information webpage for driving directions and parking instructions. Let me
know if you would like me to mail you a printed map highlighting the classroom
location and nearby parking areas.
Parking at Stanford does not
require a permit (or feeding meters) after 4:00pm. Park in any "A" or "C"
Your best chance of finding a
parking space is around the Oval or in the parking lot adjacent to Tressider
Refer to the
map and the Thornton Center Viicinity Parking
Map for the location of these and other parking lots and to assist you in
finding your way from your car to the classroom.
Please plan to arrive at the
classroom by 4:15pm for setup. Give yourself extra time to negotiate
traffic, navigate around campus, find a parking space, and make your way to the
Class begins promptly at
The lecture ends at approximately
Unless otherwise arranged, the
class will start with a short interactive session (15 to 20 minutes) that I
will lead. After a short break, I will then introduce you.
You will have about 45 minutes for
Finish your presentation by
5:50pm to allow for a minimum of 10 minutes for questions and
Please plan to stick around after
the end of class to answer the questions of students who approach you at the
front of the classroom.
Please use standard fonts and
If you plan to show devices during
your presentation, please include a photo of each in your PowerPoint slide
If you have videos, post them to
YouTube and provide the url link in a slide.
Email me your PowerPoint
presentation by 5pm on the day before you are scheduled to talk so I can load
it on my laptop. (Having your presentation pre-loaded on my laptop assures that
the slides will display properly and makes them available before class to
students with visual impairments.)
If you wish to use
something other than PowerPoint, please provide an equivalent pdf version of
your presentation for posting on the course website.
An LCD projector and speakers are
You will use a wireless device
(with a built-in laser pointer) to advance the slides. (See
Access to the Internet is available
through my laptop.
- Here are the controls for the
Logitech R800 wireless presenter.
- You will be using the "Slide forward
and back" buttons as well as the "Laser pointer".
You will be given a wireless
microphone to clip on your pocket, lapel, or belt to record the lecture audio.
Be sure to wear clothing that will accommodate both the microphone and
Clip the microphone onto your
clothing (onto your collar or the upper portion of your shirt or blouse), 3 to
8 from your mouth.
Clip the transmitter to your belt
The TALK / STBY / OFF switch (this
is a three-position switch) on the transmitter should be in the TALK position
during your presentation.
To momentarily turn off the
microphone, press and hold MUTE button on the transmitter body. Release it when
you are ready to speak again.
Use the STBY position on the
transmitter to avoid a popping noise that might occur when you turn TALK / STBY
/ OFF switch to the OFF position and then back to the TALK
Do not handle the microphone during
your presentation as doing so generates noise in the recorded audio
If you want to pick up audio from
someone you are interviewing or someone who has asked a question, do not unclip
the microphone, just stand close to him/her.
wireless transmitter and microphone
switch on wireless transmitter
- The audience will Stanford
engineering students (mostly mechanical engineering) and individuals from the
greater Stanford community (perhaps as many as 60 people total).
- There may be several students who
arrive late or have to leave early due to other class committments.
- Learning about rehabilitation and
- Obtaining information that can help
them successfully pursue their assistive technology student team project for
this class, and
- Understanding how their Stanford
education in engineering can be used to benefit people with disabilities and
- Please do not overwhelm the students
with technical details. One message to communicate is they can successfully and
confidently pursue their assistive technology project.
Handout material: Please provide
me with a soft copy of any handout material the day before before your
presentation if you would like me to make copies of them for the
suggestions: Please consider including the following items (if appropriate)
in your presentation:
- Introduce yourself, briefly provide
some career-oriented context: your educational and employment
- Who do you work for
- What are you doing now?
- What kinds of projects are you
- With whom do you work - professional
colleagues in what fields?
- What tools and design processes do
you use to succeed in your job?
- How are you funded?
- What are some unmet challenges in
your specific field of work?
- What is your perspective on your
work and your professional field as it relates to assistive technology and
- How does your work benefit people
with disabilities or the fields of assistive technology and
- Explain the relevance and importance
of your work or lecture topic to both assistive technology and mechanical
- Provide at least one good example of
your work (hopefully it will include some mechanical engineering
- Include comments on how you address
ethical issues such as safety and privacy and how you interact with people with
- Engage the audience with questions
throughout your presentation such as:
- What do you think of when ...
- How would you solve this problem
- Bring items to display, demonstrate,
and pass around.
- Please keep your presentation short
and concise to allow for questions and discussion during the last 10 minutes of
Lecture material posted on the
The following material will be
posted on the course website. This serves the review needs of students who were
not able to attend the lecture and provides information to community members
who are outside the local area.
- Contact information -
information for students to contact you
- Lecture video - recorded from
the entire class session
- Slides - a pdf version of your
slide set (You can request removal of specific slides that you don't want
published on the website.)
- Handouts - pdf versions of any
- Photos - images of the guest
lecturer and any devices brought to class
- Links - urls from your slides
and other related weblinks
Everyone attending the class
session - both students and individuals from the community - will be asked to
fill out an evaluation form. Its purpose is to help the teaching team assess
the class session. A summary of all reponses will be sent to you. The
evaluation items are:
- Speaker issues:
- speaking volume,
understandability, ease of following concepts and arguments, clarity of
- quality of PowerPoint
slides, use of supporting media (videos) and presentation aids (Show&Tell
- stage presence, knowledge of
- presentation structure,
organization, pace and management of allotted time
- opportunity for questioning
and class engagement
- provided good answers,
examples, and demonstrations
- Content issues:
- topic interest
- relevance to the broad scope
of assistive technology
- presentation of new
- level of detail and
- overall value of
Please answer the following
questions and provide additional comments, especially if you found the class
session to be either outstanding or in need of
- What are your thoughts and
observation about the entire class session?
- What concepts did you
especially like or wish were covered in more detail?
Please contact me if you have any
questions. Thank you again,
- Dave Jaffe
- 650/892-4464 cell