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ERIC Number: EJ873977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Beyond PowerPoint: Visual Presentation Tools for Online Learning
Howerton, Bruce
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v1 n2 Dec 2004-Jan 2005
In the mid-1990s, the University Of North Carolina (UNC) School of Dentistry entered the digital era by publishing curricula, syllabi, and modules on the Web. The School took this step in part to give students greater access to materials that supplement the lecture-based courses in the program, and in part to help students prepare for examinations more thoroughly than they would have been able to otherwise. By the late 1990s, the primary medium for visual delivery in the classroom shifted from traditional carousel slideshow presentations to Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. One of the primary advantages of the latter was that they could be reproduced and easily posted within online course modules, such that students could review the presentations outside of class at any point during the semester. Soon afterward, the dental school began to explore other forms of multimedia content delivery for their potential value as instructional tools and as further enhancements to the online component of various dental courses. In this article, the author describes the visual presentation tools that School of Dentistry faculty members have used and comments on the relative advantages of each tool. This discussion should be helpful to instructors who are currently considering new directions for the use of such resources in their teaching; it may be particularly helpful to instructors seeking methods of presentation other than Microsoft PowerPoint.
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina