Even the most high-tech learning technologies will not transform a lecture. Audio-visual (AV) and online tools can be a very powerful teaching tool but can be counterproductive if they are irrelevant, confusing or just distracting. Most lecturers use PowerPoint or similar presentation software to give their lecture and organise their material. AV aids should be used to enhance the lecture by offering clarification of material in the lecture, and are particularly useful for students whose preferred learning style is visual.
- Excessive detail
- Complicated ‘busy’ slides
- Reading out your slides
Remember, technology can fail – if you are relying completely on learning technologies you have no fall-back position. Your lecture plan should take this into account.
How do you think using technology effectively impacts on learning?