Due to some new research, the appropriate use of PowerPoint is again a topic of discussion. I went back to look at different opinions expressed in the past, and I'm not sure that there's much consensus on whether we should use PowerPoint, how to use it appropriately, when it makes sense or when it doesn't and why.
So, this month, The Big Question is...
PowerPoint - What is Appropriate, When and Why?
Please answer this question by posting to your own blog or commenting on this post.
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Points to Consider:
As you write your answer, please consider some of the following aspects:
- How should you use PowerPoint differently for different kinds of presentations?
- Are there times when PowerPoint (or slides in general) are just wrong to use? Conversely, are there times when it's wrong not to use slides?
- Are reinforcing bullet points (in text) good in some context? What governs their use?
- Is there research that supports any of these opinions or is it based on our beliefs having sat through good and bad presentations?
- If you find good resources on this topic, please tag them in del.icio.us with lcbPowerPoint. You can find tagged pages at: http://del.icio.us/tag/lcbpowerpoint
- Examples of bad slides and improved versions for particular kinds of presentations would be fantastic to see?
Claudia Escribano LifeLongLearningLab A Big Question on PowerPoint 30-May-2007 20:58:36
Tom Crawford thcrawford PowerPoint - What is Appropriate, When and Why? 30-May-2007 07:52:35
Wendy in-the-middle-of-the-curve More Thoughts on PowerPoint 16-May-2007 15:44:51
Dave Lee eelearning there they go with the powerpoint thing, again! 16-May-2007 00:00:00
LCB Learning Circuits Blog Big Question - PowerPoint 14-May-2007 09:44:15
Jim MacLennan cazh1: on Business, Information, and Technology Five Under-Emphasized PowerPoint Best Practices 13-May-2007 12:38:56
Keith Peter bodmas.org PowerPoint Big Question 12-May-2007 02:59:43
Jacob McNulty Revolutions What’s the Point of Power Point? Or…what’s the Power? 15-May-2007 14:30:15
Shilpa Patwardhan Closed World Presentation Tool? Yes. Teaching Tool? No. 11-May-2007 06:46:18
Geetha Krishnan Simply Speaking Making Presentations 11-May-2007 06:25:10
Dave F. Dave's Whiteboard The power's in the point 10-May-2007 20:48:29
Tony Karrer eLearning Technology PowerPoint - A Question 10-May-2007 15:05:59
Gary Hegenbart eLearning Development News The Value of PowerPoint 10-May-2007 12:51:52
Giulia Calfapietro La Community di LTEver P.P.: What is Appropriate? 10-May-2007 12:17:55
Giulia Calfapietro La Community di LTEver Power Point: What is appropriate? 10-May-2007 12:12:28
Giulia Calfapietro La Community di LTEver Power Point: What is Appropriate, when and why? 10-May-2007 12:10:35
Lanny Arvan Lanny on Learning Technology PowerPoint - Again 10-May-2007 11:45:11
Gabe Anderson Articulate - Word of Mouth Blog 7 Quick Tips for Spicing up Your PowerPoint Design 11-May-2007 09:27:38
Dennis McDonald All Kind Food PowerPoint: The Tool People Love to Hate 11-May-2007 03:31:14
Clive Shepherd Clive on Learning The Big Question: PowerPoint 11-May-2007 01:49:31
TATA INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS TIS Corporate Blog Evil Tools or Evil Uses? 10-May-2007 06:29:07
Karl Kapp Kapp Notes Avoiding Death by PowerPoint 09-May-2007 19:53:55
Wendy in-the-middle-of-the-curve PowerPoint - My Thoughts 09-May-2007 13:40:43
Clark Quinn Learnlets PowerPoint, evil or just a tool? 08-May-2007 09:18:16
Owen Ferguson Learning and Development PowerPoint - What is Appropriate, When and Why? 09-May-2007 08:25:26
Tony Karrer eLearning Technology PowerPoint - Seth's Booklet 08-May-2007 17:05:11
Dennis McDonald All Kind Food Using a Blog for a "Web 2.0" Presentation instead of PowerPoint 08-May-2007 10:45:19
Guy W Wallace The Pursuing Performance Blog The Big Question is... 08-May-2007 07:38:52
Tony Karrer eLearning Technology PowerPoint Preparation is Good 08-May-2007 07:17:18
Jay Cross Internet Time Blog The Big PowerPoint Question 07-May-2007 21:21:14
Mitch Owen Lead2020 Powerpoint: Should you use it? 07-May-2007 19:24:27
Karyn Romeis Karyn's blog This month's big question: PowerPoint 08-May-2007 03:57:23
Mark Frank Learning in Context PowerPoint 09-May-2007 04:40:08
Dennis Coxe Sailing by the Sound Cognitive Load and PowerPoint 08-May-2007 11:57:36
Tony Karrer eLearning Technology Background Reading - Use of PowerPoint 07-May-2007 08:39:55