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Is 'Edutainment' a valid driver for attempts to engage students in teaching sessions? Paddy Turner Education Developer (Inclusion) Student Experience.

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2 Is 'Edutainment' a valid driver for attempts to engage students in teaching sessions? Paddy Turner Education Developer (Inclusion) Student Experience Team Jan Stevens Senior Disability Adviser (Dyslexia) Disabled Student Support 1

3 Outline of Today's Workshop Description of the background discussions that led to this issue being proposed for this Forum How Edutainment and Inclusive Practice appear to work in opposition to each other Is there evidence of students preferring edutainment to content? What are the key factors in producing an effective PowerPoint? Taking a look at the research evidence regarding effective presentations. Opportunity for discussions and questions. 2

4 Edutainment......student engagement......tutors under pressure......modelling good practice for industry 3

5 Inclusive Practice......student engagement......tutors under pressure......modelling good practice for industry 4

6 What's the problem? Discuss 5

7 Questionnaire Answer according to your own beliefs as to what is most important to students 6

8 Student Survey.....key stats - outputs comparison to delegates responses 7

9 Student comments "Particularly bad: Masses of Powerpoint slides being presented in a very short time with no real time to engage with the problem." D&S Student response to survey 8

10 Student comments "A tutor who is responsive and able to present content in a variety of different ways in order to react to the needs of the students on that day is much more effective than one who has flash animations in PowerPoint which will at best be pleasant and at worst irrelevant and tedious." D&S Student response to survey 9

11 Inclusive practice principles Clear, simple fonts Small amounts of information Relevant, discrete visuals Minimal 'interference' Plain, pastel coloured backgrounds 10

12 Fonts This type face is quite easy to read (Century Gothic)....and so is this (Arial)....and this (Calibri)..... and this (Gils Sans Light) 11

13 Fonts This type face is not so easy to read (Times New Roman)..... and neither is this (Bodoni MT).....and neither is this (Lucida Handwriting) 12

14 Slides Upper and lower case type is effective Italic type is not as effective CAPITAL LETTERS ARE NOT AS EFFECTIVE 13

15 Images and Diagrams Images should be useful and relate to your point Diagrams/charts/tables - readable on paper copy and/or have clear references 14

16 Good practice evidence "Use a plain background and remove any unnecessary detail" "Delete that powerpoint template. Templates add clutter and distract from the visual impact of a slide." Olivia Mitchell 15

17 Good practice evidence ".....– removing extraneous information from a screen actually increases learning." Cliff Atkinson 16

18 Good practice evidence "When it comes to slide design, you shouldnt think of decoration, but of communication." Christophe Harrer 17

19 Good practice evidence Number of slides had no effect on learning Lower density of information positively affected learning Empowering PowerPoint: Slides and Teaching Effectiveness [Brock, S. & Joglekar, Y. (2011)] 18

20 Good practice evidence 19...test scores were lower as a result of interference Bradshaw, A. C. (2003). Effects of Presentation Interference in Learning with Visuals. Journal of Visual Literacy, 23,

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