Timeline for Good slide design for teaching?

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Jun 25 '14 at 21:06 comment added Simon Kuang @JeffE What's wrong with short bullets, like "fork-join capabilities" or an equation? My personal rule is that bullets are generally okay unless you write sentences.
Mar 14 '14 at 19:27 comment added badroit Accepted as most popular answer, and it includes a reference, and I generally mostly agree (except the Walt Disney part :P). Was hoping for something a little more "scientific" or with more explicit argumentation but alas, 'twere not to be. :)
Mar 13 '14 at 15:24 comment added Dave Clarke Keynote is Powerpoint for Mac. Key difference with Powerpoint is, in essence, style and simplicity. That said, it isn't perfect.
Mar 13 '14 at 15:22 comment added dearN @DaveClarke did not know that! Keynote=mac thingy? I primarily use linux laptops and machines so it is also a matter of convenience and ease to use latex, I suppose.
Mar 13 '14 at 15:03 comment added Dave Clarke @drN LaTeX can look good. I personally, paste latex formulas into Keynote (which is not without problems). I wouldn't touch Powerpoint with an electric cable.
Mar 13 '14 at 13:53 comment added dearN @DaveClarke In your opinion ;). I use LaTeX heavily since my slides are focussed on mathematical modelling - LaTeX makes equations look fantastic on slides. There are several university specific latex slides or tweakable .sty files that one can use. I did the latter and tweaked my beamer class/style files for my specific requirements. At least I know what goes on "behind the scenes" unlike microsoft office suite where the pictures and text have a mind of their own. They are alive and translate as they please with no sense of jurisdiction (MS Office)
Mar 13 '14 at 13:44 comment added Dave Clarke @drN: LaTeX slides look terrible. Or at least, default Beamer slides look incredibly outdated.
Mar 13 '14 at 13:41 comment added dearN @Fomite I agree with you. However, as far as a professional look goes, I think LaTeX scores big cookies. Obv my opinion.
Mar 13 '14 at 0:08 comment added Tyler James Young @JeffE Power corrupts. PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.
Mar 10 '14 at 21:57 comment added Fomite @drN I've sat through enough LaTeX/Beamer based presentations to disbelieve that the solution is to switch to it. Or Keynote. Or anything else. It's not the software that's the problem.
Mar 10 '14 at 13:09 comment added Trylks In short, IMHO, powerpoint is not killing any ability to teach people, it's just making it obvious. If teaching is understood simply as a flow of information from teacher to students, this can be done better by a book, where people choose the speed, move forth and back, there are diagrams, etc. Not to mention videos, much better. The point of teachers is not to give information, but to be interactive and this means questions, answering questions and (more important) making questions that provide motivation for the seek of knowledge (which is in the books, anyway)
Mar 10 '14 at 13:00 comment added Trylks "slides should just contain key information, and you should tell the rest of the story." Why? Imagine Bob has some slides that he is reading to his students, the proposal is removing the non-key parts of those slides, give to the students partial (mostly useless) information and then tell (read or memorize) the old (full) version of the slides. Because teaching is about hiding information, this seems to improve the quality of the lessons because now students are forced to attend, take notes and rebuild the original (full) set of slides (w/ some errors)
Mar 8 '14 at 22:39 comment added dearN @JeffE I once met a well know faculty member at a conference who had an interesting presentation about "power corrupts, powerpoint corrupts pointlessly". He belonged to the LaTeX camp (as do I) but I digress!
Mar 8 '14 at 22:28 comment added JeffE Powerpoint doesn't kill people. Bullets kill people.
Mar 8 '14 at 21:48 history answered Dave Clarke CC BY-SA 3.0