- Theories about slideware
- PowerPoint for archiving
- PowerPoint for live webinars
- PowerPoint for screencasting
- Avoiding distracting elements
- Selecting meaningful images and charts
- Animating with purpose
- PowerPoint in math, liberal arts, and science classes
Skill Level Beginner
- [Alan] Although PowerPoint is one of the most common classroom technologies, many assumptions about its ideal role are either outdated or unquestioned. Therefore, it is important to take a regular look at how PowerPoint is used in college, and reimagine how it could be used. Hi, I'm Alan Ackmann and I teach in the writing, rhetoric and discourse department at DePaul University. I've also lead PowerPoint professional development training for years. In this course, we're going to cover several main ideas. First, we'll discuss what is understood about PowerPoint today, as well as how PowerPoint acquired its current form.
We'll also explore PowerPoint in the classroom, and what it means to us as teachers, and to our students. This will involve looking at PowerPoint from a rhetorical point of view, considering the different roles it can play. PowerPoint is most commonly used in lecture, but it can also serve an archival, discussion or review purpose, and be delivered through live webinar or recorded screen casting. Each of these use cases changes the strategy behind PowerPoint. After this, we'll cover some best practices in slide design for teachers.
We'll talk about color, space, animation and text, all in the interest of broadening your understanding of what a slide can be. And this means for both and for your students. Finally, we'll take a look at a few before and after examples of teaching slides, discussing how successful slides took their current shape, and what impact this reimagining can have. That's a lot of ground to cover and I'm thrilled to do it, so let's get started.