HCI and Usability for Education and Work

Volume 5298 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 281-298

PowerPoint Multimedia Presentations in Computer Science Education: What Do Users Need?

  • Elke I. ReussAffiliated withInstitute for Information Systems, ETH Zurich
  • , Beat SignerAffiliated withInstitute for Information Systems, ETH Zurich
  • , Moira C. NorrieAffiliated withInstitute for Information Systems, ETH Zurich

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PowerPoint is one of the most frequently used tools to present multimedia for educational purposes. Nevertheless, little is known about the users’ needs when using PowerPoint during lecturing. Our study focused on the presenter’s needs in this context of use. We interviewed nine university lecturers from the computer science department by means of a questionnaire. The results show that users require features that are not yet realised with PowerPoint. For example, the control and use of other media should be adequately integrated. Or the navigation within the slide collection should be improved to better meet the users’ needs. Based on our findings, we outline required system features and suggest solutions in form of a prototype.


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