Proposal Title

Fight The Power: A Medium Message

Proposal Abstract

This research project will examine the benefits and limitations of PowerPoint software in the college classroom. Through a synthesis of recent research in conjunction with our study of PowerPoint use by faculty at our institution, we maintain that PowerPoint privileges the facile, bestows undo authority on presenters, and reanimates the “banking education” model pilloried by Paulo Friere. We can trace today's “PowerPoint crisis” as the result of the software's genesis, the technology boom of the 1990s, the university budgetary process, and the ubiquity of the software. These elements have combined to create an “imaginary demand” for PowerPoint classroom use. This presentation will include an interactive component in which all attendees will participate in a small group project designed to create a set of guidelines for responsible and effective uses of PowerPoint technology in the classroom, the ultimate learning outcome and goal of this presentation.

Location

Room 1908

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 9th, 4:00 PM Mar 9th, 4:45 PM

Fight The Power: A Medium Message

Room 1908

This research project will examine the benefits and limitations of PowerPoint software in the college classroom. Through a synthesis of recent research in conjunction with our study of PowerPoint use by faculty at our institution, we maintain that PowerPoint privileges the facile, bestows undo authority on presenters, and reanimates the “banking education” model pilloried by Paulo Friere. We can trace today's “PowerPoint crisis” as the result of the software's genesis, the technology boom of the 1990s, the university budgetary process, and the ubiquity of the software. These elements have combined to create an “imaginary demand” for PowerPoint classroom use. This presentation will include an interactive component in which all attendees will participate in a small group project designed to create a set of guidelines for responsible and effective uses of PowerPoint technology in the classroom, the ultimate learning outcome and goal of this presentation.