Dr Patrick Ring presents some thoughts about the use of PowerPoint in lectures…
It’s the staple of many lectures, my own included. But what is the point? Really.
Am I walking through a pre-prepared route-map, treading from one bullet point to the next, squeezing the life out of a class that hopes fervently the next slide might be more interesting than the last one? Or are the students hanging on my every slide, treating it as the last (and for a few less industrious students, only) word on the matter? The latter is quite a thought if, for whatever reason, I had to hastily ‘bash out’ a presentation the night before for my 9am lecture.
I should say at this point, my purpose is not to share my personal tribulations in the lecture room – that might require a much larger discussion! But considering my use of PowerPoint raises for me the nature and purpose of my lecture. Is it a performance? An experience? Are the students meant to leave with a sense of enquiry, or a set of notes? Is it an interactive exchange, a call to investigate, a challenge to think? It may well be a bit of all of these things – but is PowerPoint really helping?
This week the Learning Technologists in GSBS, led by Elizabeth McGlone, are hosting a 5 Days of Twitter Event for academics.
What is 5 Days of Twitter?
5 Days of Twitter is an online event for staff to become more familiar with using the Twitter platform in a safe environment and to explore ways of using Twitter in the classroom to enhance student engagement and provide feedback.
Throughout 5 Days of Twitter a daily instalment will guide you through how to use a small aspect of Twitter and offer some suggestions as to how some features may be beneficial in the context of your academic role. One of the benefits of this event is that you can participate from anywhere at any time as it is online, hence you can even learn about Twitter from the comfort of your own home!
During the course participants will be encouraged to interact using Twitter with GSBS learning technologists and other colleagues, building their professional network as they learn to use the platform. 5 Days of Twitter is an opportunity for those completely new to Twitter to try it out and for those who are active users, to broaden their network and develop different ways of using Twitter either for their own professional development or for use with students.
Don’t worry if you are unable to participate on the first day or any of the days, you can dip in and out of this event at your own convenience and even try out some of the tasks and activities after the week is over. When you are Tweeting this week, please remember to use the hashtag #GSBS5DoT and if you want to Tweet directly to our GSBS school account, the username is @GCU_GSBS.
Why use Twitter?