January 2008

Using PowerPoint in class

When I played squash, I remember an instructor saying “consider carefully how you will make an angled shot, then don’t.”  I sometimes feel that way about PowerPoint. 

PowerPoint has its advantages and disadvantages as a teaching tool.  It certainly can keep a lecture organized and it can present visuals and audio well.  It is great for short videos or animations, for showing charts or graphs, for presenting an outline of content. It is flexible and content can be easily modified. It can save a fortune on overhead slide transparencies.

Teaching Large Classes

Teaching large classes can be challenging to say the least. Here are some suggestions that you might find helpful: