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PowerPoint and Keynote

PowerPoint is a Microsoft presentation product designed to help organize and deliver course concepts. Keynote is the Macintosh counterpart. Both programs provide an easy-to-learn medium that organizes content around key concepts; this structure can facilitate both in-class and online presentations by allowing faculty to control how much content will be presented in a set time frame.

1. Visual Appeal

Design for easy reading and visual appeal.

2. Notes

Use the notes feature to provide more detailed information about bullet points.

3. Before Class

Post skeletal versions of presentations before class for students to print and use for note taking. During the in-class presentation, provide the details and examples.

4. Content First

Design first in black and white, concentrating on content rather than form. Add background color and design elements during a second round of edits.

5. PDF It

If you want students to be able to download–but not alter–the content, post presentations as .pdf files.

6. Available for Review

Make presentations available for the rest of the semester so students can use them for review.

7. Before Class

Post slides with the expectation that students will study the content before class; use class time to discuss rather than present content.

8. Alternate

Alternate PowerPoint/Keynote presentations with other teaching tools/technologies to avoid boredom.

9. Not Too Much

Resist the temptation to add too much to your presentations.

AdvantagesChallenges
Can be provided in multiple formats for download, printing or viewing only. Easy for faculty to update and revise for subsequent use. Can be provided before class to stimulate thinking and provide an outline to facilitate student note taking. When posted for students, presentation can be reviewed multiple times. Easy to upload into other eLearning authoring tools like VoiceThread, Camtasia, and Captivate. Students may not be engaged by uninteresting slides filled with endless bullet points. Tends to be overused and abused, making it less interesting and effective. Tends to revert teaching back to teacher-centered presentation.