PowerPoint is a powerful presentation tool that may be intimidating to new users. This tutorial provides an excellent introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 for novices as well for users who need a quick review of how-to's. Instructions are given in 18 steps that can be viewed sequentially or as needed using a drop-down navigation menu at the top of each page. Screen captures (images) provide a visual supplement to the text instructions. Links to related PowerPoint resources are provided. This tutorial is one of four offered by Dr. Gwen Morse, http://www.drgwen.com
Type of Material:
This learning object is a tutorial presented in 18 steps; each step is succinct and combines text and images to convey the information. This resource provides links to related websites, making it a nice reference site as well.
This tutorial can be used:
to give users a quick-start for developing a PowerPoint presentation to show in a traditional setting, as opposed to publishing the presentation on the Web
as a refresher reference for current PowerPoint users
as a pattern for teacher-made tutorials on other topics
as a pattern for students to use in developing educational materials -- this is particularly applicable to students whose future professional functions include professional/client/patient/employee education.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Upon completion of this tutorial, the learner will be able to
Create a PowerPoint presentation that includes a design template, text, images, and transitions.
The learner also will be able to save the presentation as a slide
Target Student Population:
Although designed for nursing students, students from junior high school through graduate school as well as faculty in all areas of education can use this tutorial with ease.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
While no prerequisite knowledge or skills are required familiarity with other Microsoft Office features would be helpful.
Key information is targeted to new PowerPoint users; because the power of PowerPoint is so great, it is important to give a practical introduction to avoid information overload
Information has been updated to reflect the latest of PowerPoint
Links to other tutorials and help pages are provided for users to use and develop their skills over time
Images are included to support the text information
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This tutorial can be assigned as an independent-learning activity for development of a presentation on a given topic and as a pattern for learners to use in developing their own tutorials. The narration style is directed toward the user in a friendly manner that engages the learner.
No real concerns – this tutorial is very good for what it professes to do except there is really nothing in it that applies only to nursing students.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Visually appealing, easy to navigate. The tutorial is very easy for students and faculty to use. The navigation design allows users to progress step-by-step through the tutorial OR jump to a specific topic. Quick print buttons for of each page are included, making it easy for users to print and keep the pages in a notebook.
It is a “quick tutorial” with limited interactivity.
Other Issues and Comments:
Concise, easy-to-use and navigate tutorial to get started using PowerPoint. Provides additional links for more information and help. The link to GradWare (www.gradware.com) for purchasing software is a great help
to students & faculty, as are the links on the last page of the tutorial. Users
of this tutorial would likely be interested in the other tutorials published by
Dr. Morse; these are APA Format, Microsoft Excel, and Statistics; URL =
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