Format Guidelines For Word Documents, Powerpoint Presentations, And HTML Files
Based On Best Practices In "New Media" Communication
(Updated July 25, 2012)
These are format guidelines for documents (Word), slides (Powerpoint), and webpages (HTML files). These guidelines are based on current best practices in effective communication in "New Media", particularly written communication on the Internet. These guidelines assure focus, consistency, brevity, appeal, and significant savings when files are printed on paper.

Specifically...
Every document should have a title. Every Powerpoint slide should have a title. Every page and slide should have a footer. All of your work should have a consistent format
A Sample Section Heading
Directly above this narrative text is an example of a "section heading". A section heading provides very convenient organization of your thoughts in a manner that is very readable. Notice that the "section heading" uses capitalized letters and text that is bold; notice also that there is no extra line break between the "section heading" and the narrative text.  Be Professional
In all communications in this course, always use complete, clear, and grammatically correct sentences. The first letter of every sentence should be capitalized. Every sentence should end with a punctuation mark. Again: Spell check! Check your grammar. This is professionally important; you are judged by your employer on how well you communicate.
Use A Template For Powerpoint Presentations: Be Consistent
Your document pages and Powerpoint slides should have a consistent look. For Powerpoint presentations, it's a very good idea to create a "formatted template" before you add content. This means that you can copy over and over again blank slides that include basic formatting information. So, you can copy slides and fill them out, as needed. As a suggestion, after you make your second slide of your Powerpoint presentation, copy it over and over again and use it to create content for your remaining slides.

Your instructor prefers the use of a simple blank background; if in doubt, use a blank white background for all presentations; this is what many professionals use. (If you attend a national conference with noted speakers, you will find that nearly all presenters use blank backgrounds in their presentations; registration for these events range from $500 to $1,000.)
Readability Of Powerpoint Slides
Your Powerpoint presentation should be designed for either 1) an audience (as in a classroom) or for 2) desktop viewing by individuals. The format you use depends on your audience.

1. For an audience, you need 2 or 3 large font sizes so that anyone in the back row can easily see. Here is an example of one recommended format for Powerpoint presentations for audiences:
2. For presentations designed for individual viewing on a computer, you can use much smaller font sizes. Here is an example of one recommended format: 
Using A Footer
Create a footer: 
CORS4567, YourFirstName YourLastName, TypeOfAssignment, ThisSemester, ThisYear.  Make sure that you substitute "CORS4567" with the course name and course number of the course you are taking.
Avoid Powerpoint Annoyances
While it is recommended to use a blank white background for presentations, at the very least, your background should use a common and identical background, with very good contrast, for all of your Powerpoint slides.  After the title slide is shown, the remaining slides of your presentation should be consistently similar.