DESPITE THE PUSH for more technology, the majority of professors have not introduced technology into the classroom. For some, reluctance reflects the lack of recognition for the time spent developing technology-intensive courses and the pressing need to publish. Desktop Presentation Programs (DPPs), such as PowerPoint, offer an introductory first step. With minimal financial and economic costs, DPPs have the advantage of including visual appeal, organized notes, animated graphics, more class time for interactive activities, up-to-date information through links to the World-Wide Web (Web), and the ability to address various learning styles.
Based on a comparison of classes taught with and without DPP materials, this paper addresses the benefits and costs, student achievement, and student reaction to multimedia presentations. The results showed no significant change in student performance with DPP materials, however, learning styles do affect student performance. Student reaction to DPP materials was overwhelmingly positive.