Title: International graduate student PowerPoint presentation designs: a reality check

Authors: Alla Zareva

Addresses: 5046 Batten Arts & Letters, Department of English, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529, USA

Abstract: The present study set out to examine what novice international graduate student presenters consider to be effective PowerPoint slide design practices and the extent to which these practices are in agreement with experts| advice. The analysis focused on three main features of students| PowerPoint presentations – organisation, style and typography. The general conclusion is that we can mostly rely on students| intuitions concerning |relevance| and |simplicity| of PowerPoint presentation designs, but we should draw their attention to |consistency|, i.e., the systematic application of the organisation, style and typological features to their PowerPoint presentations.

Keywords: PowerPoint slide design; academic presentations; international graduate students; student oral discourse; learning; innovation; novice students; expert advice; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2011.038540

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2011 Vol.9 No.2, pp.127 - 144

Published online: 10 Feb 2011 *

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