Tip #259: Bullet Points and PowerPoint Design

On January 16, 2009, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #259: Bullet Points and PowerPoint Design

In his article: The Cognitive Load of PowerPoint: Q&A with Richard E. Mayer,” “Cliff Atkinson poses two questions which I have combined for our discussion purposes:

“The use of bullet points in PowerPoint presentations has been widely criticized. Based on your research, what effect does on-screen text have on learning- and what are the characteristics of a PowerPoint that is compatible with the way people learn from words and pictures?”

I have adapted the following from Richard Mayer’s responses to both questions:

“Bullets don’t kill learning, but improper use of bullets kills learning. In order to create effective PowerPoint presentations, it is important to understand how people learn. In particular, cognitive scientists have discovered three important features of the human Read the rest