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Designing Effective PowerPoint Presentations: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives

Classrooms across campus increasingly offer digital equipment for instructors to enhance their lectures. How can we effectively use this equipment in ways that engage our students?  One of the most common methods of sharing information with students is the use of PowerPoint presentations.  Although PowerPoint remains one of the most highly criticized presentation programs, this technology has the potential to help students connect ideas and think critically about disciplinary concepts.

Striving to help teachers avoid “Death by PowerPoint,” this workshop will offer a number of ways to utilize UNM’s smart classrooms, focusing on designing presentations that move beyond text-heavy slides or bullet points. Specifically, we will explore ways of teaching and learning from an information-processing perspective, reviewing the ideas of design by Edward Tufte and instruction principles by Robert Gagne. Examining the theory behind the design and instruction of PowerPoint presentations, we will test these principles by creating short presentations that can be used in future classes. Please bring ideas or sample material with you to the workshop to try these principles on your own.

Facilitator: Tiffany Bourelle, Department of English