Using PowerPoint to Promote Active Learning

By Sandy Chapman

Articles such as "PowerPoint is Evil," "PowerPoint Induced Sleep," and other such writings on the popular presentation software have given some to believe that the use of PowerPoint may do more to promote unconsciousness than active learning. But some feel differently about the tool.

In an article entitled "Effective Handouts: Using PowerPoint to Guide Study and Encourage Active Preparation," the authors suggest PowerPoint handouts provide a scaffold for identifying and learning key concepts. The article gives graphic examples given before, during, and after class that both help students focus and that promote active learning strategies—one of which includes leaving blanks in the PowerPoint handouts that students are required to fill in either before class or while following along during an in-class presentation.

To read this article, go to: Effective Handouts: Using PowerPoint to Guide Study and Encourage Active Preparation

In the side bar menu you will find links to short video workshops, examples of Active Lecturing, Active Learning Strategies, Formative Assessment, Games in PowerPoint, Effective Handouts along with a comprehensive list of PowerPoint resources.

Sources:

University of Minnesota—Center for Learning and Teaching. (n.d.) Effective Handouts: Using PowerPoint to Guide Study and Encourage Active Preparation. Retrieved June 13, 2007, from the University of Minnesota—Center for Learning and Teaching Web site: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/tutorials/powerpoint/handouts/