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Thursday, June 23 • 15:00 - 16:00
CON08.03c - Slideware by design: Using slides as more than just digital cue cards

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The use of slideware in the classroom is virtually ubiquitous in higher education, but many instructors use slideware as a method to project digital cues cards for their audience to read-along with, rather than as a valuable and innovative tool that can facilitate teaching and learning. In the last decade, theories of cognition (Baddeley & Hitch, 1974), instructional design (Sweller, 1994) and multimedia learning (Mayer & Moreno, 2003) have come together to stimulate a rich body of research on how to exploit slideware’s most valuable asset: to help students develop mental models of the concepts instructors are trying to convey. In this presentation we will introduce some of the theoretical foundations of multimedia learning, and review some of the principles of effective slide design. We will also report on two original studies investigating the effective use of slides in teaching, reviewing our research design and methods. In the first study, we investigated the wisdom of using agrammatical bullet points. In a second study, we investigated the use of organizational graphics to help facilitate the creation of mental models in learners. In both experiments, we found reason to deviate from the traditional text-dense, bullet-point based slides. We will also review current research on effective slide design that provides further support for our hypotheses (c.f. Danielson, Schwartz & Lippmann, 2015). The learning outcomes for this session include practical ideas for how to exploit cognitive learning theories and how to implement slide design principles in order to maximize the teaching and learning potential of their lecture slides.


Kristie Dukewich

Dr. Kristie Dukewich is a faculty member in Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic university. She is involve in a variety of pedagogical research and inquiry, including best practices for slide design, drawing-to-learn, low-stakes writing assignments and rubrics, and ethical dilemmas... Read More →

Additional Authors

Morgan Zych

Morgan Zych is a 3rd year undergraduate in Psychology at the University of Toronto.

Ramzy Nicolas

Ramzy Nicolas is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Psychology program at the University of Toronto.

Thursday June 23, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 EDT