Narrated PowerPoints: Example uses, benefits, help and support

Lately, there has been a significant expression of interest by members of staff at King’s College London in learning how to create narrated PowerPoints and use them for teaching. Actually, some academics have already started using narrated PowerPoints; others have been inspired by colleagues that have been doing this for some time and want to try this out themselves.

For example, you can take a look at my previous blog post Narrated PowerPoints: A TEL case study, in which Dr Barbara Daniels describes her experience with using narrated PowerPoints as pre-class material (flipped classroom). The response from students have been so positive that has motivated a considerable number of academics  from the same department to follow a training session on “How to create narrated PowerPoints”.

Therefore, due to this increasing interest expressed around the college, I thought I would give some examples examples on how you can use a narrated PowerPoint  for teaching, what are benefits from it and what kind of help and support you can get if you want to try this out.

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Chat accessibility in m-learning environments

Context

Mobile devices are really useful for e-learning environments in developed and developing countries because they facilitate the mobility of learning. One of the computer supportive collaborative learning tools, which are being used more and more lately, are chats. Chats are really useful for m-leaning environments because students and teachers can communicate and collaborate through them to exchange knowledge or resources. Moreover, students and teachers could use the chat for tutorships and they could solve doubts through it.

Problems

Most chats are not accessible for everybody; people can experience difficulties when they use mobile chats because these tools have accessibility barriers. There have been conducted different studies with people with disabilities, without disabilities and elderly people in order to know the problems that they face when they use these chats. This research is enshrined in the dissertation of Rocío Calvo which main aim is improve the accessibility and interaction of m-learning chats. Continue reading

Simple rules for better accessibility of learning content

These days we take it for granted that we can very easily launch MS Word and PowerPoint and throw together some material for our students. Upload it to your VLE of choice and leave it for your students to access when necessary.

For the majority of students this is fine. However for a small minority it is absolutely not acceptable. Every HE institution has a community of hearing and visually impaired. Learning materials need to be written with these individuals in mind. They have every right to have the same resources. Don’t they?

So here are some quick tips that you can use to make your PowerPoint , Word and Excel documents that little bit better for those people using assistive technologies like screen readers. Continue reading