Recommendations for the use of audio/visual aids in teaching

Slides (Powerpoint or Keynote)

The use of slides should be limited and their content should follow a prescribed list of principles

Tufte ER, Cognitive Style of PowerPoint

Instructional Videos

Instructional Video Teaching Tips


instructionalVideo

These are short ( 8-12 minute) videos which should be focused on 1 or 2 topics and be clearly tied to the content of a lecture. We have a fully equipped studio in Cushing Library with training provided by Lei Wang an instructional designer. You can graphically annotate and add voice-over narration to an existing presentation or borrow a video camera from the TLC (or Cushing Library) and film a process. If you are interested in creating an instructional video start the process by contacting Dr. Michael Schwartz

Audience Response System

YSM has the Turning Technologies TurningPoint5 system installed in the lecture halls in Hope 110 and Hope 216.  There are very good (short) training videos for the system here: You are encouraged to watch the three short videos "Before the Presentation", "During the Presentation", and "After the Presentation".  There is also a short guide provided here.

Audience Response System FAQ

You can contact  Gary Leydon  at the TLC and he can train you on the use of the system.

Give yourself sufficient time to come up with good questions to add to your presentation and to practice with the system. Note that the only type of questions our clickers support are multiple choice and true/false. At least two weeks before your lecture email Leigh Cromey   and let her know which date, time and lecture you will be using audience polling. Leigh will send out a message to the students to let them know they need to sign-out a clicker from the Cushing Library before coming to class. Then either add polling questions to an existing Powerpoint or create a new one. You will need to download the free software client from Turning Technologies which you can find here:  and install it on your laptop. Expand the arrow to the left of "TurningPoint 5" and select "Mac -No Install Version" or "PC - No Install Version".

You can create a brand new presentation or add polling questions to an existing presentation. The software only works with Powerpoint (Mac or PC). You will need to download the free software client from Turning Technologies which you can find here:  and install it on your laptop. Expand the arrow to the left of "TurningPoint 5" and select "Mac -No Install Version" or "PC - No Install Version". The only type of questions our clickers support are multiple choice and true/false. You are encouraged to watch the three short videos "Before the Presentation", "During the Presentation", and "After the Presentation".

Yes! Download the client software to your laptop (or desktop) here. (Download Mac-No Install, or PC-No Install). Checkout a receiver and a couple of clickers from Cushing Library and you can practice with the system before using it in the lecture hall. 

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