Many lecturers may feel that they are utilising modern technology to enhance their students’ learning experience by using PowerPoint, but this is often not the case.
(PRWEB) December 22, 2009
m62 visualcommunications, the global leader in presentation effectiveness, has urged lecturers to reconsider the way they use PowerPoint design in academic presentations.
Many lecturers now use PowerPoint to produce visual aids in their lectures. Most, however, use bullet points and text-only slides to support their speech. In many cases, the entire lecture is summarised into points on the slide deck, with the slides being printed as handouts for students to read.
This trend in academia has led to a drop in lecturer ratings at many establishments, and in lecture attendance. Students can expect to understand the entire lecture by reading the handouts, so feel that attending in person is futile. The lecturer becomes redundant.
PowerPoint can be a valuable tool in academic presentations as well as business or sales presentations, when used correctly. A visual aid should be used to support understanding of the message, and not to remind the presenter what to say. Simple diagrams, graphs and charts work well to explain the point being made, and to further engage the audience. Relevant photographs can be produced that complement the message, without distracting. Using something slightly different, such as video, can boost attention levels and recall.
Nicholas Oulton, Founder of m62, commented: “Many lecturers may feel that they are utilising modern technology to enhance their students’ learning experience by using PowerPoint, but this is often not the case. In fact, many students have reported that lectures consisting of bullet points are considered boring, and are often poorly attended.
“The most important things a lecturer should remember when using visual aids are: don’t read what the audience are reading for themselves; don’t use slides for handouts; and don’t just use visual aids for the sake of it. Visual aids should help the message, or not be used at all.”
m62 has produced almost 10,000 presentations for clients worldwide, from offices in the UK, US and Singapore. m62’s services range from presentation training to free PowerPoint templates.
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