Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Why Learning from PowerPoint Lectures is Frustrating

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Carolyn Blogs » Blog Archive » Why Learning from PowerPoint Lectures is Frustrating:
My response- The key in my opinion is engaging the audience, and to do the chalk and talk w/o criticism, why not use a wiki or workspace to present the material? Unlimited links, graphics, quotes, discussion points… whatever, can be presented in an open-system style of lecture, and if you have a tablet or are using an interactive whiteboard, you can even write chalkboard style to the screen.

At the end of the day, all who are interested get the URL to the site to peruse at their liesure, and anyone who wants to “take notes” during the lecture can do that too. The really great element of a wiki or workspace though is the continuity they provide. If you set up a site to start, and create a new page for each lecture you do, the whole deal marches on in a distributed learning format that doesn’t end when the lecture ends… great ideas and contributions don’t follow the same timeline as our 1 or 2 hour lectures.

Check out:
wikispaces.com
pbworks.com
for excellent (and free) web services to set up lectures this way
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