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Peer Review

PowerPoints For All Learners: Making Accessible Powerpoint Presentations.

by Lauri Evans , Diane Schmidt


Overall Rating:

4.25 stars
Content Quality: 4.25 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.25 starsstar
Reviewed: Mar 28, 2014 by Faculty Development
Overview: Diane Schmidt and Lauri Evans from California State University, Chico, designed this web-based presentation on designing accessible PowerPoint presentations. It provides: - a detailed description of the purpose of the module and its target audience. - a downloadable PowerPoint presentation on how to create accessible slideshows. - a downloadable rubric to assess students presentations on a variety of topics not restricted to accessibility criteria. - several examples of accessible presentations. - a list of supplementary resources. The work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License which makes it possible for users to use and share its content as long as proper credits are given.
Learning Goals: • As stated on the web site, “the goal for this module is to provide an easily accessible resource of techniques for enhancing access to information in PowerPoint presentations.” • Presenters will learn to incorporate techniques of Universal Design in Learning (UDL) to “ improve accessibility and learning outcomes for individuals with differing learning styles.”
Target Student Population: • Students and educators at all levels • Staff of disability office/services • Instructional designers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: none
Type of Material: A tutorial on making PowerPoints Accessible
Recommended Uses: • Staff working for disability services/offices in school, colleges and businesses can use the presentation to teach faculty/employees how to design accessible presentations. • Teachers use the rubrics provided by the site to encourage their students to design accessible presentations. • Teachers can use the site to teach their students how to use PowerPoint effectively for class presentations. The site contains information that are relevant to anybody who works with PowerPoint. The usefulness of the site goes beyond teaching how to create accessible presentations and addresses common pitfalls.
Technical Requirements: MS PowerPoint and MS Excel.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: • The content is accurate and up to date. It was presented at a conference in 2008. • There are three examples of accessible presentations. • The rubrics are an excellent bonus useful to anyone teaching or using PowerPoint. • The content covers material essential to anybody using PowerPoint. It addresses major pitfalls and gives recommendations in a very effective fashion. • The site provides links to several other supplementary resources.
Concerns: Examples are very similar and give the impression that graphic layout must conform to these examples

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: • The downloadable PowerPoint is an effective teaching tool as it can be used as is in the classroom. • The grading rubric facilitates assessment of students’ presentations and can be handed out ahead of time so that students are aware of the criteria in which they will be graded. • Both the presentation and the rubrics provide useful information that go beyond the topic of accessibility.
Concerns: A nice list of references, but some have bad links.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.25 stars
Strengths: • The material is easy to navigate and the module is self-contained. • the PowerPoint provides an exemplary model of an accessible presentation.
Concerns: Use depends on the ability to download PowerPoints imbedded.