Addressing students’ learning styles through skeletal PowerPoint slides: A case study

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Cara L Sidman, Assistant Professor, PED 101 Coordinator (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Abstract: During this generation of millennial learners, who are heavily stimulated by visual and active involvement, there is a need to create innovative, pedagogical approaches that effectively utilize technology and meet students’ needs. Therefore, the purpose of this paper was to illustrate the process of specifically addressing students’ learning styles through a case study approach. PowerPoint (PPT) and an online course management system were utilized to make interactive skeletal (partial) slides available to students in five required courses in coaching. Students’ learning styles, exam scores, and perceived value of interactive skeletal PPT slides were assessed and then compared between students who elected to use the PPT slides and those who did not. This preliminary investigation revealed that the skeletal slides did not provide enough assistance to significantly increase exam scores when all courses were combined. However, when looking at each type of course separately, significantly higher exam scores were found among the students who elected to use the PPT slides in the higherlevel coaching courses. Therefore, future research measuring the impact of this technology among different levels and types of university courses is recommended. Keywords: skeletal notes, partial notes, learning styles, technology, and note taking

Additional Information

Sidman, C. L., & Jones, D. (2007). Addressing students’ learning styles through skeletal PowerPoint slides: A case study. MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 3(4), 448-459. Retrieved from [© Authors, 2007. This work is copyrighted using a Creative Commons "Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike" license.]
Language: English
Date: 2009
Coaching (Athletics)--Study and teaching, Computer-assisted instruction, Generation Y--Education (Higher), Psychology of Learning, Microsoft PowerPoint (Computer file), Note-taking
Learning, Psychology of
Microsoft PowerPoint (Computer file)
Computer-assisted instruction
Generation Y--Education (Higher)
Coaching (Athletics)--Study and teaching

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