Universities should ban PowerPoint (Measuring the wrong things If slide…
Universities should ban PowerPoint
PowerPoint slides are toxic to education for three main reasons:
Slides discourage complex thinking
Slides discourage reasonable expectations.
students come to think of a course as a set of slides
Measuring the wrong things
If slide shows are so bad, why are they so popular?
US researchers found that a third of American undergraduates demonstrated no significant improvement in learning over their four-year degree programs.
an instrument that tests skills any degree should improve - analytic reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving and writing.
When we do attempt to measure learning, the results are not pretty
They tested students in the beginning, middle and end of their degrees using the Collegiate Learning Assessment
Learning is the change in knowledge and skills and therefore must be measured over time.
Universities measure student satisfaction but they do not measure learning
Exams, term papers and group projects ostensibly measure knowledge or ability
Hospitals measure morbidity and mortality
universities don't measure learning.
Corporations measure revenue and profit.
ven this website measures readership, broken down by article and author
Governments measure unemployment and gross domestic product
What is so wrong with PowerPoint?
there's nothing to suggest transparencies are especially effective learning tools either.
Liking something doesn't make it effective
PowerPoint did not increase learning or grades
knowledgeable without working through dozens of books, hundreds of articles and thousands of problems.
Courses designed around slides therefore propagate the myth that students can become skilled
take notes and do homework is unreasonable.
Overreliance on slides has contributed to the absurd belief that expecting
requiring students to read books
Any university can deploy similar testing to measure student learning.
As long as universities continue to measure satisfaction but not learning, the downward spiral of lower expectations, less hard work and less learning will continue.
We would be able to investigate dozens of learning correlates and eventually establish what works and what doesn't.
Unfortunately, many key drivers of learning appear to reduce student satisfaction and vice versa.
Doing so would facilitate rigorous evaluations of different teaching methods
We would be able to quantify the relationship between PowerPoint use and learning