04. June 2013 · Comments Off on Sky Drive Live + PowerPoint Web App = learning object? · Categories: e-learning design, educationaldesign

I’ve been looking at ways of taking myself out of the production cycle when it comes to creating online resources and turning more of that work over to our facilitators. As well, we’re introducing more and more facilitators to the flipped classroom model of having students prepare and interrogate learning materials in advance of face to face sessions, so I’m exploring easy ways of transforming classroom resources into online learning tools.

PowerPoint is a tool that many facilitators use every day, yet from my conversations with them and in looking at what they have created, I found that there was a lot of potential for improvement.

My first step has been  to talk with my colleagues about how they use PowerPoint and to introduce some base concepts as to what makes for more engaging presentations. Most of them have excellent skills in group facilitation gleaned from group work in counselling and community services, so there was a great information exchange happening. Some are saddled with presentations created by others and due to contractual obligations have very little wiggle room at present. However, most were open to learning and one in particular was excited at the prospect of eliminating text and injecting visuals into her slides.

So I put together a PowerPoint Content Basics presentation and presented it at our monthly staff meeting (click More to see it):

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