How PowerPoint Ruins Your Lecture?
William Lan, Steven Crooks, Lucy Barnard, David White, Chenying Wang, Richard Lu, Raymond Flores, Daniah Alabbasi, Texas Tech University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Designed to investigate the effectiveness of using PowerPoint in college students' learning, this study manipulated two characteristics of a PowerPoint presentation: the amount of information (small vs. large); and the organization of information (graphic, hierarchical, and linear) in a lecture on statistics. Student learning outcomes of retention, comprehension, and organization of information were measured. Findings of the study showed that students presented with the graphically or hierarchically organized information outperformed those presented with linearly-organized information in the comprehension and retention of propositions. The beneficial effect of better-organized information was especially profound for students presented with a small amount of information.
Lan, W., Crooks, S., Barnard, L., White, D., Wang, C., Lu, R., Flores, R. & Alabbasi, D. (2008). How PowerPoint Ruins Your Lecture?. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1149-1153). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).