In my information literacy class, our discussion topic for this week is ineffective use of technology in a learning environment. I have never been a big fan of PowerPoint, and now I realize that the reason is poor slide design. This presentation (Government Information and Civic Engagement) was a perfect example of poor slide design, and as a result, I walked out. This was the only presentation that I left early. The first presenter had very text-heavy slides, and her presentation consisted of reading them out loud. I plan to check ALA Connect to see if she posted her slides. I have no idea if the second presenter would be better because I didn’t stay long enough to find out which is too bad because she’s a SLIS professor. In my experience as a student, I have found that sometimes professors inappropriately ask for an assignment to be completed as a PowerPoint. If the assignment is not a presentation and never going to be, then it’s odd to ask students to create a PowerPoint. I imagine a PowerPoint might be faster for the professor to grade than a Word document would be, but I don’t think that’s a good enough reason. Here is a link to an amusing presentation about this problem of dreadful slides: Don’t Be a PowerPoint Felon. It seems long because there are 87 slides, but they go fast and are enjoyable.
There is a political party in Switzerland trying to ban PowerPoint: “Swiss party makes dislike of PowerPoint a political issue.”