The Engaged Classroom: Powerpoint Free

O'Connor, Christina and Donovan, Paul (2018) The Engaged Classroom: Powerpoint Free. AISHE-J : The All Ireland Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 10 (2). pp. 3381-33814. ISSN 2009-3160


Student passivity is a problem in higher education classrooms. This study contests that much
of it may be caused by the presentation style in lectures. The ubiquitous use of PowerPoint has
negatively affected student engagement in higher education classrooms. Accordingly, research
was conducted into the removal of PowerPoint as a transmission medium. The location was in
two undergraduate modules at an Irish university. A total of 136 students were involved over a
12-week period. Data following the interventions were collected the survey method. Results
showed a positive response to the removal of PowerPoint resulting in increased engagement
by students.

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