Although PowerPoint has become an almost indispensable part of teaching in lecture-based classrooms, students often criticize professors’ PowerPoint presentations in general and their slides in particular. This paper reevaluates PowerPoint’s transformative influences on the typical college lecture, and examines ways of creating slides for optimal effectiveness in classroom lectures. In doing so, first, the paper reviews research on in-class presentations by professors, describing PowerPoint’s positive and negative influences on learning in the classroom. Second, the paper addresses recommended practices in preparing PowerPoint slides: describing results from a survey of college students majoring in teacher education. These students provided recommendations for formats and layouts of slides. Finally, the paper discusses important implications of the results for the optimal use of PowerPoint in visual presentations to college students.
|Keywords:||Classroom Based Lectures, PowerPoint Presentation, Higher Education|
Professor, Foundations and Educational Research, University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam
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