The entire five hours today was spent on PowerPoint presentations.
People had been asked to prepare a few slides which showed:
1. the name of the journal
2. the title of their paper
3. the big context that would connect with the journal readers and interests, and which did the OARS (Occupy a Research Space) work I referred to in yesterday’s post
4. the specific focus of the paper
5. the method
6. key results
7. the argument about why these results were important. This was the answer to the so what and now what questions, and of course went back to the problem set up in OARS.
This is a good exercise if you have a writing partner or group. Present your paper to them and see what they have to offer.
Everyone presented and got some feedback. The most common commentary was about the contextualisation and conclusion, but there was some discussion about choice of journals, and what should be included and excluded in methods.
This was everyone’s chance to hear what each other was working on and for those who’d been a bit shy about standing up and speaking out to do so. Everyone got to be an expert in their work for five to ten minutes. Everyone got some helpful feedback and emerged intact. Everyone performed as their scholarly self.