PowerPoint Instruction

This videos focus on designing PowerPoint slides for learning. Although it is possible to present a PowerPoint presentation for entertainment only, the goal of PowerPoint presentations is usually to express an idea or information to an audience. As presenters our intent is that our audience will make sense of and remember the information we provide. In the educational setting, we are hoping that they will learn something. Therefore, we are, or should be, interested in creating PowerPoint presentations that help our audience learn.

There are two hurdles in meeting our goal of effective PowerPoint presentations. The first one is breaking away from what we have always done and have always seen and embracing the empirical evidence of researchers who tell us to design our presentations differently. Change isn’t easy.

The video, below, provides information on creating a powerful PowerPoint presentation. Many faculty provide this video to their students when assessing PowerPoint assignments.

The information on principles in the below videos relies heavily on the books eLearning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning by Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard E. Meyer and the book, Graphics for Learning: Proven Guidelines for Planning, Designing, and Evaluating Visuals in Training Materials, by Ruth Colvin Clark and Chopeta Lyons. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend you read these sources.

The second hurdle is to learn to design well, or at least better. This can be a stretch for non-designers, but there are some tricks to make our presentations professional. In the video, below, I will attempt to show you how.