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Audiovisual aids

Even the most high-tech audiovisual aids will not transform a lecture. They are a very powerful teaching tool but they can be counterproductive if they are irrelevant, confusing or just distracting. 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. AV also stands for Added Value.


  • excessive detail
  • complicated ‘busy’ slides
  • reading out your slides
  • talking to the screen.


Remember! Technology can fail – if you are relying completely on AV aids you have no fall-back position. Your lecture plan should take this into account. 


For help with preparing PowerPoint presentations and for some useful online links on presentation skills see ‘Using learning resources to enhance teaching and learning’ in Explore around this topic.


Thinking point

How do you think using technology effectively impacts on learning? 


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