How can we PPT that satisfies us and the students as well?
April 27, 2009 9:40 AM Subscribe
Undergrad teaching and PowerPoints. What to do? Instructors, please give some feedback.
The undergrads DEMAND copies of the PowerPoint slides to be posted on the course management site before class. (We've collected data on this. It is the Number 1 request.)
- We have tried to offer slightly modified ones as to encourage attendance. This usually means 2 layers deep of a 3 layered/bulleted slide. Students, on course evals, ask for the entire slide.
- We have tried giving the entire slide set but then testing on concepts discussed outside of what the slide said. Then a lot of people do poorly on the exam.
- I've seen other professors give out the PPTs after the lecture, but that makes it harder for note taking, I'd guess.
- PPTs that basically outline the readings? This seems popular but still students want more.
- IMHO the most bare bones PPT and lots of discussion would be good, but the students want more.
- Everyone in our department does something different including not giving out the PPTs at all and not using PPT. I'm not sure where this student expectation came from.
So, my question is - what do you do? What works best for you? I'm more interested in instructors' POVs than students. I know the student POV quite well.