Dissertation defense slides and transcript now available (help me find a better way to publish it?)

March 15, 2017 – 12:57 pm

(Edit: separate image descriptions now added to all slides, erectile in addition to the visual information that’s been embedded in the transcript from the start – thanks to Christian Vogler and Sina Bahram for feedback and ongoing learning on how to make things more accessible to others.)

Slides and a lightly edited transcript of my dissertation defense are now available online in full, approved for those who have been asking.

The slides alone don’t make much sense — but the transcript (in the speaker notes) describes all the images and diagrams, so the transcript alone should actually make sense. The transcript also includes the audience questions, with the audience members anonymized.

I’m struggling a bit on how to publish this online in a reasonable way, and would love feedback/suggestions. But for right now:

  1. You can go straight to the slide deck (look at the speaker notes!) at this google slides link, though I doubt that’s a good long-term hosting solution for this content… so that link may stop working at some point in the future. I also have no idea how this works with screenreaders (edit: but the notes have full image descriptions now.)
  2. You can also download a PDF that has the slides and transcript (edit: and image descriptions), and this is likely the easiest way to read it. However, it’s a format that’s hard to modify, and again — I don’t know how various screenreaders will treat it. (I need to up that portion of my accessibility game.)
  3. Slides are embedded below, and if you click on them, they will open up full-screen. Then you can click on the gear icon in the bottom-left, then “speaker notes” to view the speaker notes — or type ‘s’ as a keyboard shortcut.

Everything is creative-commons licensed (image credits are in the notes) and the deck itself is licensed CC-BY-SA, which means you can share as long as you give credit, and you can remix/use this work as long as you cite it and release your own work under similar conditions. If you honor those conditions, you don’t need to ask me for permission — just go ahead and do it. If you want to use the work under different conditions, contact me.

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  1. 5 Responses to “Dissertation defense slides and transcript now available (help me find a better way to publish it?)”

  2. Neat! Congrats and I’m so glad this is done and available!

    By Sumana Harihareswara on Mar 15, 2017

  3. would it be useful to make a video of the pdf (with audio) and add closed captions? and then subtitle files? I love what I see but I need help from one of my associates to explain these notions that I’d love to them apply to my current projects.

    By Kevix on Mar 15, 2017

  4. I have seen pdfs turned into video files too, which I found useful because you could scrub back and forth, press play, or go frame by frame. I have been meaning to do it myself, but have not done it.

    By Jeff on Mar 20, 2017

  5. Also, being able to click on the links in the google slide doc would help.

    By Jeff on Mar 20, 2017

  6. 受教了!呵呵!

    By 增达网 on May 14, 2017

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