“PowerPoint is not very interactive and (presentations) tend to be very canned,” DeLoach said. “Students are more engaged when a professor is passionate, and it’s hard to be passionate (with a canned presentation).”

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2 Responses to “Passion, and cans.”

  1. Pete Copeland Says:

    Yes, it is hard to perform well at something you are not good at.

    But it seems it’s quite easy to substitute one’s own experience for the experience of everyone else. Even when it’s not appropriate.

  2. Alan Allport Says:

    I have to say that this criticism of Powerpoint is itself becoming a bit canned, Margaret. PP is like any other classroom tool: it can be used crappily, or it can be used well. It can be a crutch for bad and lazy teaching, or it can be an aid to good and energetic teaching. Yes, it’s hard to be passionate when you’re without passion for your material. But passionless pedagogy patently preceded Powerpoint.

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