The PowerPoint Habit and Post-Secondary Education

ID: 14706 Type: Roundtable
  1. Catherine Adams, University of Alberta, Canada

Tuesday, October 25 12:15-12:35 PM Location: Pavillion Ballroom D

No presider for this session.

Abstract: In this roundtable session, we will examine Turkle’s (2004) claim that PowerPoint may be affecting 'our habits of mind.' Drawing on insight gleaned from a phenomenological research project, I demonstrate how PowerPoint invites educators to reshape how their knowledge is represented and subsequently presented to students in the classroom. With each new slide that the teacher composes, certain habits--decided in significant part by the software design and defaults settings--slowly and transparently settle in as pattern. In adopting any new software tool for teaching, educators must remain alert to the invisible lines of force all such media may exert on their own patterns of thought and behavior.


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