Wednesday, May 09, 2007

PowerPoint - my thoughts

Please don't read the PowerPoint.

After 10 years of higher education - I am perfectly capable of reading the slides by myself.

Thank you.


Karyn Romeis said...

Good point, Wendy! And one I tried fruitlessly to persuade people of for all thears I conducted both PowerPoint and presentation skills workshops. Check out my post on the subject, which is now as old as the hills!

Emma said...

I agree that it's a good point - what do you want to see, though, in a Presentation?
I try to minimise what I put on slides - and maximise what I'm saying, but then I get half a dozen students at the end of the class complaining because the slides don't have all the information in them...

Quite often, that "extra" information isn't planned - I just divert when a relevant question is asked, so I couldn't have a prepared slide anyway. Other times it's simply because I'm trying to minimise text etc. on the slides...

So, I can fully see where you're coming from - but I'd like to know what you, as a student would like to see on the slides - so that they're a good reminder of what was taught ... without being a transcript!

Harold Jarche said...

It's called dual coding, amongst other things. Audio combined with text goes to the same part of the brain. Audio with pictures goes to two different parts of the brain. If you combine audio (speech) with text, you get conflicting signals. If you combine speech with pictures only, you get a reinforced message.

PowerPoint should have no text, if you intend to talk.

Dave Lee said...

Emma: Long before powerpoint came along, students took tape recorders to class. I learned how to take great notes that would remind me of what my instructors said. I think today, if there was a great slide, or even say an equation written on a whiteboard that I thought was important, I'd have my cellphone with its camera aimed and fired faster than you could say Quick Draw McGraw.

When did it become the responsibility of the teacher/trainer/facilitator to take notes for the students? Something is amiss here and it ain't powerpoint.

Wendy said...

I did expand on my thoughts in a later post. I just see so much PowerPoint abuse (even from people who know better) that if I can get folks to do that one simple thing -sitting through a lecture will be less painful.

Thank you all so much for your comments.

Emma said...

PowerPoint should have no text, if you intend to talk.
I'd love to be able to do that - but my skills in creating diagrams are very limited - as is the time that I have.

I fully agree with Dave's point that Powerpoint shouldn't just be notes - the trick is how to get students to get back into the habit of learning to listen.

Without wanting to sound like the old fogey that I am, when I was an undergraduate student, presentations didn't exist. Lecturers would talk. Some had the odd photo to illustrate a point, but if you couldn't keep notes, you'd loose it.

Students, now, give the appearance of often expecting the information to be neatly package - the idea of extracting it for themselves is very difficult for some - though clearly some can.