INNOVATION GRANT APPLICATION
Project Title: Maximizing the power of PowerPoint in the classroom.
Project Goals and Description
The goal of this project is to provide a resource for instructors to maximize the effectiveness of Microsoft PowerPoint as a lecture presentation tool.
PowerPoint Lectures - are they more effective than "chalkboard lectures"?
Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation tool that has a wide-range of potential applications for college instructors in a variety of disciplines and divisions. PowerPoint allows instructors to easily modify lecture materials, assists in organizing and presenting this material, and creates the groundwork for producing useful permanent resources for the students (e.g. outlines, web-pages, etc.).
At a basic level, however, it is simply a newer version of a blackboard or overhead projector. Does the use of this software actually enhance lectures? Or might it instead decrease the effectiveness of the "traditional" lecture? As an anonymous instructor once said, "A bad lecture on PowerPoint is still a bad lecture!"
Our goal for this project is to provide instructors at Mt. Hood with suggestions which might prove useful in order to avoid the potential pitfalls of PowerPoint lectures and to provide guidelines for the creation of effective presentations using this powerful technology.
Step 1: How is PowerPoint being used
on the MHCC campus?
Step 2: How can PowerPoint be used effectively?
TLC Primary Directives
Our primary goal is to increase student learning. Poorly designed PowerPoint presentations can obscure a once good lecture, or worse, can frustrate and confuse students. None of these outcomes is desired and all can be avoided with proper planning. Our project is designed to assist instructors in utilizing this powerful tool so that they may reduce the amount of time, energy, and angst required to produce an effective PowerPoint presentation. Training by the Mt. Hood Community College Computer Services Department in PowerPoint methodologies has allowed faculty to become more and more comfortable with computer technologies, and there has been an increased demand and interest in bringing presentation tools like PowerPoint into the classroom. The resources we create should prove useful to the growing number of faculty interested in maximizing their teaching potential with PowerPoint.
Evaluation of Success
We expect to evaluate the success of our project by listening to the feedback from students enrolled in classes that use PowerPoint lectures on a regular basis. We will also gather feedback from faculty as they utilize the resources available to them in the creation of their own PowerPoint presentations.
We will share the results of our project through the creation of web-based resource guides that include links to sample lectures and additional resources, as well as the guidelines for creating effective PowerPoint lectures that we create.
We will present our project at a TLC lunch and would be available at division meetings if requested. In addition, we plan to offer a limited number of individual or team "consultations" for interested instructors.
Much of the research and materials production will be conducted during winter break. The project will be completed at the end of Winter Quarter.
Personnel = $ 1000 (50% Shriner, 50% Russell)
Expenses = minimal
Because PowerPoint is provided as standard software on all campus computers and photocopy costs for surveys can be absorbed by the division or TLC , expenses for this project will be minimal. We request $1000 for time needed to 1) conduct necessary research, 2) prepare presentations, and 3) create resource materials.
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