Summary: PowerPoint presentations have become the standard in many classrooms. The tool can certainly be an effective pedagogical aid, but careless use can actually disengage students and impede the learning process. Potential benefits of PowerPoint include structuring and improving the clarity of a lecture, engaging students with a mixture of media types, and providing a focal point for the audience. However, there are an equal number of drawbacks and risks: discouraging interaction between the teacher and students, the reduction of complicated ideas to bullet points, and promoting student inactivity and inattention. In this workshop we will discuss when PowerPoint can be used beneficially, and share techniques for designing the most effective presentation.
All graduate students are welcome.
Counts toward the CTL Teaching Certificate.