Document Type

Chapter

Publication Date

10-2019

Publication Title

Instructional Message Design: Theory, Research, and Practice

Abstract

Now a household name, Microsoft PowerPoint software is one of the most commonly used slideware presentation tools in business, scientific conferences, education, and other professional, academic, government, and military settings. As an instructional message design tool, controversy proliferates surrounding its role in the classroom experience and its impact on cognitive learning. After compiling the research, lessons can be garnered on how to best visually display PowerPoint slides, how to most effectively deliver PowerPoint-aided instruction, and how to maximize student learning from PowerPoint-based lessons. This chapter will explore the existing body of literature on the technology’s capabilities and limitations; offer best practices for instructional designers, instructors, and learners; and suggest future directions for research on PowerPoint use in higher education.

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