There is Life after Powerpoint

Presenter: Marcel Rotter

Time: May 12, 9:00-10:15

Location: B122

For many academics, PowerPoint is the obvious software choice when they present information, be it at conferences or in the classroom. Following Neil Postman’s dictum that “the medium is the message,” some communication theorists argue that the dominance of PowerPoint affects the way its consumers think. There is a growing resistance to the use of PowerPoint. One can find now conference invitations that warn participants “No PowerPoint presentation!” In addition, students get often wary of some professors’ PowerPoint karaoke in front of text-heavy slides.
This talk explores alternatives to PowerPoint. Its focus is on Prezi, an online-based presentation software, that breaks through the linear presentation style of PowerPoint and fosters a discussion-based approach. I will also talk about the use of smaller programs such as Wordle as presentation tool. I will end with two quick examples for a class and a conference presentation respectively.

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