Format Guidelines For Word Documents, Powerpoint Presentations, And HTML Files
Based On "Best Practices" In "New Media" Communication
(Updated June, 2014)
For this course, these are the 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 page title. Every Powerpoint slide should have a slide 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 that the text is bold; notice also that there is no extra line break between the "section heading" and the narrative text. Why? It saves paper. 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 how well you communicate.

Use A Template For Powerpoint Presentations: Be Consistent
Your Word document pages and Powerpoint slides should have a consistent look. Who decides? You do. For Powerpoint presentations, it's a very good idea to use or create a "formatted template" before you add content. This means that you should copy over and over again blank slides that include basic formatting information. This allows you to 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. Generally, a Powerpoint file should include 7 to 12 slides.

These Powerpoint templates are freely available: http://ulm.edu/~beutner/#Powerpoint_Presentation_Template
A "template" is something that you can modify as your own, using your own content..

The use of a simple blank background is highly recommended in this course. At national conferences, the majority of professional presentations use a blank white background; again, this is what most professionals and educational leaders use. 
Readability Of Powerpoint Slides: There Are Two Types Of Powerpoint Presentations
Your Powerpoint presentation should be designed for either
1
) an audience as in a classroom or meeting for viewing by a group of people on a large screen.
2) desktop viewing by individuals.

1. For a group viewing your presentation on a large screen, you need to use a large font size so that anyone in the back row can easily see. Here is an example of one recommended format for Powerpoint presentations in classrooms or in meetings:
2. For presentations designed for individual viewing on a computer, you can use smaller font sizes. Here is an example of one recommended format: 
Using A Footer
Create a footer for every file that you submit as an assignment: 
CORS 4567, YourFirstName YourLastName, TypeOfAssignment, ThisSemester, ThisYear.  Make sure that you substitute "CORS 4567" with the course name and course number of the course you are taking. Similarly, update the semester and year.
Avoid Powerpoint Annoyances
While it is highly 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.