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Peer Review

PowerPoint 2010 Advanced - Slides, Animation and Layouts

by Stephen Moffat


Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 3.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Mar 28, 2014 by Information Technology Editorial Board
Overview: This is an open book resource for PowerPoint 2010. It's a good step by step instruction with screenshots for each topic. The book shows how to use the software but there is no discussion about presentation practices or design.
Learning Goals: How to create presentation slides using Powerpoint 2010
Target Student Population: High school and college students; office professionals
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Some familiarity with Office products and PowerPoint
Type of Material: Textbook; simple PDF download
Recommended Uses: Although it's a book for advanced learners, a lot of the material is suited for beginners. It's a helpful guide for anyone using Powerpoint 2010 at work or in school.
Technical Requirements: Internet connection to download the book; free Acrobat PDF reader

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4 stars
Strengths: Very clear explanations; the material is broken down into short paragraphs; screenshots are helpful.
Concerns: A portion of the book is devoted to the basics that are already covered in the prerequisite beginning Powerpoint guide. There are a lot of advertisements. Granted that it's difficult to get support for publishing this material otherwise, the ads are very distructing.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Steps and concepts are clearly presented; each chapter outlines what should be learned
Concerns: There are companies that use Office 2010, however, many schools are migrating towards Office 2013. The advertisements are very distracting. Some of the screenshots are fuzzy.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 3.25 stars
Strengths: The material is easy to use; the PDF manual is fairly easy to navigate with bookmarking throughout the book. The steps and the illustrations are very specific and clearly organized. This book is easy to use.
Concerns: Some of the screenshots should be retaken (they are not clear). Half of each or almost each page is an advertisement. Again, this is a huge distractor and takes away from the content. First time users of will need assistance logging in. An email address is required to access the books.

Other Issues and Comments: It's a good resource for adult learners because the steps are clear, the there is an outline for each chapter, and the author clearly explains all material. However, with users migrating to Office 2013, this text is becoming outdated. Some learners may give up because they have to complete a form to get the books. If one is not careful, it's easy to end up on a spam list with all the advertisements and information requests. The ads take over the text; this, especially for inexperienced learners, it's very difficult to concentrate on the content. Theer is a chance that potential learners will go elsewhere for free PowerPoint and Microsoft Office tutorials. Bookboon site has a lot of free books that can be useful, however, the sheer amount of marketing may turn off potential students.