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Active Learning with PowerPoint
An online tutorial that suggests ways faculty can use PowerPoint as a medium to support active learning. The tutorial includes sections on active lecturing, active learning strategies and their delivery via PowerPoint, creating and using effective handouts, using PowerPoint to play in-class games, and using PowerPoint for formative assessment.
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Danea Farley (Faculty)
I rated this material as a prospective reviewer for a Quality Matters/MERLOT project. The material presented in the videos was clear and descriptive. The links on the left that accompany the video illustrate the points made in the video and provide exemplars of the techniques. I particularly appreciated Think/Pair/Share as an active learning strategy. I might suggest emphasizing that this technique maximizes student engagement with the content in that the instructor doesn’t simply call on two or three students to share their responses. Every student is involved in thinking and then sharing, rather than two or three talking while the rest of the class is ‘listening’, which is not always the case. I might also add that the whole class ‘sharing’ step could be tweaked to have one partner share what the other said. This promotes active listening. Before the ‘sharing’ step, it would be important to alert students to the fact that they will be sharing their partner’s comments rather than their own. The concept of a beginning, middle, and end to the lecture was accompanied by active learning strategies appropriate to that component of the lecture. The use of various PowerPoint© slides (with thought-provoking questions) as reminders to the instructor to pause and allow students to distill their learning was also effective.
Cason Smith (Student)
Very good ideas about how to make PowerPoints more engaging. Good advice about breaking up the PP with other activities.
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Kenyada McLeod (Administrator)
This is an outstanding resource! It is well organized and contains a wealth of information that can be used across disciplines. Thank you so much! This will certainly be used as a resource.
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Sabah Ahmad (Student)
It was very detailed, clearly outlined and very easy to follow. I did not have any problems understanding directions
Pablo Vasquez (Docente)
El uso del Power point es una herramienta tecnológica importante, pero que debemos saber emplear ya que debe ser considerada como una herramienta de apoyo en el quehacer docente
Joseph Irizarry (Student)
The website is a great resource for faculty and instructors alike. It provides a great guide for the process of how to create a powerpoint that is engaging and interactive.
Great resource. Clearly defined strategies.
Kim Uddo (Faculty)
I enjoyed the short clusterd videos and liked the tip on using slides to prompt questions.
Patrick Davis (Administrator)
I really enjoyed this learning object. I will recommend the Active Learning with PowerPoint learning object to my faculty. We have so many faculty using PowerPoint in varying ways at my community college. I believe this will be of great help to them.
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Shane Patton (Student)
classroom. As technology advances so should the format in which teachers teach.
As a teacher I would use this site in advancing my lessons
Meagan Loy (Student)
collegiate years. I have also seen professors and other speakers use the
program. I have seen that by using this program, professors are more able to
present what it is that they are wanting to say easier. It allows for the
teacher to take time to prepare what it is that they are wanting to discuss in
the class that day rather than 'winging' it. Using the program gives teachers
also the advantage of animation, which they would not have writing on a
chalkboard or verbally trying to describe the movement. It also gives students
the chance to see word for word what it is that is being presented to them. Most
of our learning happens with our vision and hearing senses.
The idea of presenting the day's topic using PowerPoint would be fairly
successful in that it would prompt students to be prepared to focus, ask
questions, and respond to those of the teacher. Not only is this still a
lecture, it prompts interaction with students that would help aid in the
education process. Rather than being lectured to, students prefer to have
discussion classes where their opinions influence the classroom discussion.
Quinton Mitchell (Student)
I think that the material is accurte the power point has a number of stratgies
you can use to apply a lesson.
Using power point allows you to use technology which this day in age is really
important. Power piont gives a student the chance to close his or her book and
learn in a different way. On the other hand it allows the teacher to do
something different and instruct the class by the click on a key pad.