No more "Death by Powerpoint"

In recent years I have tried to stay away from using Powerpoint in study session as I found participation and interaction a more effective way of engaging public relations students with the topics being covered. 

” isn’t caused just by poor practice such as boring or over-stuffed slides, but from familiarity and the brain-dulling process of watching slides whilst listening to a presenter (no matter how dynamic).

However, the winning entries in the  best presentation contest show how much information can be conveyed effectively and in a short period of time by a well constructed presentation. 

I put together a brief automatic Powerpoint show to accompany a mind-map handout and other notes for a group of students recently.  I didn’t have time to embed music, but played  “Music for Accelerated Learning” on CD simultaneously.  This seemed to work in terms of holiding attention and leading into a good discussion and recall of key facts.

Powerpoint is probably not the best software to produce short presentations – but it is fairly easy to use and until I have the time to discover/learn something else, it can meet my needs.

So another addition to the range of learning methods offered via  to the Diploma and Advanced Certificate students signing up to start in September then.

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Heather Yaxley

Heather Yaxley is passionate about PR - teaching the CIPR qualifications, lecturing part-time at Bournemouth University and running the Motor Industry Public Affairs Association (MIPAA). I'm undertaking a PhD looking at Career Strategies in PR. I love sharing ideas and knowledge - connecting news and views by blogging on public relations and educational developments, especially relating to accelerated and active learning. I'm also a published author, qualified trainer and experienced consultant.

2 thoughts on “No more "Death by Powerpoint"”

  1. That Shift happens is a great example. Are there any plans teach powerpoint to the next intake?

  2. It probably isn’t going to be possible within the syllabus as we have it. In my experience very few PRs understand the potential of Word let alone Excel or even Powerpoint. I often have conversations with students about using stylesheets in Word which would make their work easier to manage.

    Powerpoint is really an easy package – so most people think they can use it. But few think about its potential as a creative package and again don’t know how to use stylesheets.

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