ERIC Number: EJ777413
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of Student Preferences for PowerPoint Presentation Structure in Undergraduate Courses
Apperson, Jennifer M.; Laws, Eric L.; Scepansky, James A.
Computers & Education, v50 n1 p148-153 Jan 2008
Studies have demonstrated that students prefer PowerPoint and respond favorably to classes when it is used. Few studies have addressed the physical structure of PowerPoint. In this study, students enrolled in several psychology classes on two campuses completed a 36 item questionnaire regarding their preferences for the use of PowerPoint in the classroom. Students preferred the use of key phrase outlines, pictures and graphs, slides to be built line by line, sounds from popular media or that support the pictures or graphics on the slide, color backgrounds, and to have the lights dimmed. It is recommended that professors pay attention to the physical aspects of PowerPoint slides and handouts to further enhance students' educational experience.
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Student Attitudes, Educational Technology, Audiovisual Aids, College Instruction, Questionnaires, Student Surveys, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials, Instructional Material Evaluation, Multimedia Materials, Psychology, Courses, Computer Software, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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