Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Technology Tip: Adobe Connect Audio Setup

Did you know that you can test your audio setup 24/7 in our Configuration Room?

To test your system and make sure your hardware is working with Adobe Connect:
Click on the Meeting link at the top of the window, and choose Audio Setup Wizard. Follow the prompts to make sure your speakers and microphone are working. To speak in your meeting, click on the Connect My Audio button (it looks like a picture of a microphone).

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pecha Kucha for Better Presentations

“Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of 'chit chat', Pecha Kucha rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.” (

By limiting presentations to 20 seconds of talk for 20 slides, Pecha Kucha presentations can be more effective, efficient, and enjoyable than traditional PowerPoint presentations (Beyer, 2011). Several KUMC faculty are exploring Pecha Kucha for student presentations. We also recommend faculty consider Pecha Kucha instead of one-hour lectures, especially for online courses.

Dave Antonacci, Director of Teaching & Learning Technologies at KUMC, made his first Pecha Kucha at the 2010 WCET Conference (Antonacci, 2010). Originally, he expected to simply convert an existing one-hour presentation into a Pecha Kucha by reducing the number of bullet points and talking less. However, as he began to research other successful Pecha Kucha presentations, he understood this new presentation format required much more time, effort, and creativity. Effective visual images--reinforcing the key point of each slide--were critical. Also, determining, refining, and practicing what to say on each slide was vital. With slides set to automatically advance after 20 seconds, fumbling for words and ideas is not an option for a successful Pecha Kucha.

You can watch the Pecha Kucha presentations from the 2010 WCET Conference at Dave’s Pecha Kucha starts about one hour (1:01) into the session. A wide range of example Pecha Kucha presentations are also available at

If you’re interested in exploring Pecha Kucha for your KUMC courses, please contact the TLT Educational Technology Liaison for your school or contact TLT ( or 913-588-7107).

Antonacci, D. M. (2010). Emerging Teaching and Learning Technologies: Streamlining from Awareness to Integration. Pecha Kucha Presentation at the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) Annual Conference; La Jolla, CA.

Beyer, A. (2011). Improving student presentations: Pecha Kucha and just plain PowerPoint. Teaching of Psychology, 38(2), 122-126.

Adobe Connect system maintenance February 25

Adobe Connect will undergo system maintenance during the following window:

Start February 25, 2012 at 9:00 PM CT
End February 25, 2012 at 10:00 PM CT
During the maintenance window the Universal Voice feature of Adobe Connect system may be intermittently unavailable. If you experience any problems with your Adobe Connect account after the maintenance, please contact our Technical Support team