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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Active Learning with PowerPoint

by Paul Baepler
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jan 25, 2005 by Faculty Development
Overview: This online workshop in tutorial format describes ways faculty can use
PowerPoint as a tool to support active learning. The tutorial includes segments
on active lecturing (which is the basic content of the video),active learning
strategies and their implementation via PowerPoint, creating and using effective
handouts, using PowerPoint to play in-class games, and using PowerPoint for
formative assessment. It consists of 5 brief flash videos that cover the basic
tenets of using PowerPoint in the classroom and takes about ten minutes to view.
All of the tutorial's information is applicable to the recent versions of
PowerPoint.
Learning Goals: Learn how to use PowerPoint effectively in the classroom. This tutorial is
designed to help you capitalize on those aspects of PowerPoint that lend
themselves best to engaging students interests. PowerPoint is only a tool. It
will not, in and of itself, improve student learning. It?s the way that
professors use PowerPoint that can encourage student learning.

Target Student Population: Faculty or anyone who uses PowerPoint in the classroom. Students can also use
the tutorial when preparing their own reports, projects or presentations.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Familiarity with PowerPoint
Type of Material: Tutorial
Recommended Uses: May be used much like a checklist for teaching any subject area in the classroom
but also online.
Technical Requirements: Flash 6.0 plug in, PowerPoint software

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: This tutorial will help you convert any PowerPoint lecture material into a
dynamic teaching experience. The Active Lecturing section forms the pedagogical
basis. In the Active Learning Strategies section, you'll find 12 active learning
strategies you can use with PowerPoint; each activity is accompanied by a slide
example. These include strategies like Opening Question,Introductory
Think-Pair-Share, Focused Listening, Brainstorming, brief Question Breaks,
Blank Slides, Think-Pair-Share at transition points, Note Check, Question \&
Answer Pairs, Two Minute Paper, Your One Last Question, \& A Final Question.
Concerns: none

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The purpose of this teaching tool is clearly articulated so that the user may
easily achieve the goal of effectively achieving active learning
in the classroom or online. The sections on Active Learning Strategies and
Formative Assessment appear most effective as teaching tools. Excellent list of
Resources which include templates
for Powerpoint games.
Concerns: The example PowerPoint of the active learning strategies is very useful but the
tutorial would be even more effective if discipline specific \& actually used
presentations were demonstrated. The section on Games in PowerPoint shows a
creative but potentially time-consuming approach to using this software in the
classroom; it would have been helpful here to point out the templates that are
available for this purpose.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: You can enter the workshop at any point by clicking on the link to individual
sections.
Concerns: Among the resources a broken link to
"http://imctwo.csuhayward.edu/klant/About/PPExamples/Text"

Other Issues and Comments: