1. Display clear objectives
Build and share objectives using verbs such as create, analyze, evaluate, reflect, and build.
2. What are your learners doing? Are learners sitting passively watching you read a presentation?
Plan strategies enabling learners to explore, discuss, experience and ask questions. Slides guiding participants through activities are useful prompts.
3. Facilitate rather than lecture? Take the pressure off and free up time to connect with learners.
Design activities that are active and readily personalized. Group work and
Q&A deepen the learning experience. Slides containing deep questions honing in on the big ideas are effective.
4. Use visuals to support learning?
Use PowerPoint slides with visuals that provide hooks for learners to hang their understanding on.
5. Summarize key learning points?
Following a session of exploratory and active learning, ask learners to provide a list of the key points learned, compare learner's key points to your own.
PowerPoint is a great learning tool, but if presentations are used to display lecture notes, contain loads of slides, lots of text and you plan to read to the audience, remind yourself that PowerPoint is a tool to support learning and maintain fluidity through a learning experience, it is not designed to deliver effective learning experiences.