In depth look at the science and use of PowerPoint to discuss very important information at NASA about the Columbia space shuttle. It looks in-depth at the use of text and muliti-level bullets and how this can mis-lead.
This is a technical piece, not a quick, easy, overview.
The type used to communicate a message is every bit as important as the language used to do it. Different typefaces, or, in this digital age, fonts, signify different levels of sincerity, whimsy, or authority.
According to the picture superiority effect, concepts are much more likely to be remembered experientially if they are presented as pictures rather than as words. According to dual-coding theory by Allan Paivio (1971, 1986), memory exists either (or both) verbally or "imaginally".
Slideshows, when designed right, can be a useful part of online instruction. But they shouldn’t be the main, or the only, method of instruction.
Jo Cook's insight:
Great article based on lots of different research (most links are to the original books or pay-for research papers) about how not to use PowerPoint for learning (and any interaction and engagement) and also focuses on some high level things you can do.
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