Fighting “Powerpoint-Death” by Science, Prezi or…?!

24 08 2010
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Recently Kevin Clauson [@kevinclauson] made another great presentation, called the “Science behind Engaging Students in Class”. The presentation focuses on the use of “clickers” or an audience response system (ARS) to engage the audience (here mainly students in a class). It is an expanded version of “How to Fight Lecturalgia“.

First Kevin asks the audience questions about their knowledge/use of ARS -using the ARS system, of course-. Next he goes more deeply into the need to engage the audience (attention span, boredom) and then he addresses the successes and pitfalls of ARS.

Each statement has a scientific underpinning, and a reference to it.

For instance, one conclusion is that use of ARS improves performance with analytical type exam questions, but not with memorization exam questions.

Kevin stresses that ARS  it is just another tool, albeit a powerful one.

Of course you have to avoid the usual presentation-killer aspects of PowerPoint, like including too many slides, bullets and data, as so wonderfully illustrated by the famous “Dead by Powerpoint” presentation. I included it below, in case you’ve never seen it.

It also contains recommendations how to  improve your PowerPoint.

This following video elaborates on the same theme. It is called “Life after Death by PowerPoint”. Not an appropriate name, because it only magnifies Powerpoints killer-points. You might enjoy it though (if you can put up with the canned laugh).

Below is another presentation about the science of presentations. And although I noticed little science in it, I did find the CEO-presentation interesting because it discusses the use of live tweeting (and blogging) to give “contagious talks” (you know Twitter going “viral”).

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Ex soccer player now a med student; tv shots at our library

16 10 2008

Wanna see the previous soccer player Arjan de Zeeuw now continuing his medicine study, after a long intermezzo in the English league?? Or wanna see tv-shots of our academic Medical Centre (AMC) and our Medical Library than follow this link and click at the video (Voetballers in vergetelheid). Takes less than 4 minutes.

No surprise that Arjan, who is father of 4 kids, wants to become a sports doctor.

(Notably Arjan seems to read mostly books, whereas most students are behind the pc)

Special thanks to my collegue Marjan of Bidocblog for providing me the link.

http://voetbal.nos.nl/nieuws/artikel/ID/tcm:45-429888/

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Ex-voetballer nu geneeskunde student: opnames in AMC-bibliotheek!

Arjan de Zeeuw heeft zijn studie geneeskunde weer opgepakt na een lange onderbreking als voetballer in de Engelse voetbalcompetitie. Hij is nu te zien in een serie van de NOS: ‘vergeten voetballers’.

Arjan is inmiddels vader van 4 kinderen, heeft zo te zien een aardig woonstekje en tuft elke dag heen en weer naar het AMC. Hij wil graag sportarts worden.

Het leuke is nu dat de opnames in het AMC en met name in onze bieb gemaakt zijn. Dus wil je daar een indruk van krijgen en/of wil je graag iets meer weten over Arjan als medische student, kijk dan naar de volgende video (klik op de tekst naast het oranje-witte pijltje). Tussen 2 haakjes wel opvallend dat hij vooral boeken erop naslaat en niet achter de computer in het digitorium zit.

Met speciale dank aan mijn collega Marjan van het Bidocblog die me op de link gewezen heeft.

http://voetbal.nos.nl/nieuws/artikel/ID/tcm:45-429888/