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Microsoft PowerPoint - Notes

Introduction

The Notes feature in Microsoft PowerPoint is a simple tool for making information accessible for all students. Often, professors use the Notes feature for themselves to organize the talking points they want to make about each slide. This information can be shared with students by posting presentations with embedded notes on a course web site. By providing notes and slides, students can focus on the content of the presentation.

Instructors can also encourage students to utilize the notes feature when they present in class. The Notes feature can assist students in organizing their presentations as well in avoiding merely reading the text from slides during a presentation.

 

Please click below for an audio introduction to the Notes feature of Microsoft PowerPoint.

 

Instructions on How to Use the Notes Feature of PowerPoint

Please click here to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to using the Notes feature in PowerPoint.


For additional information on guidelines for quality and accessibility, please visit the following resources:

Presentation Quality Standards:

http://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/powerpoint.html
http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/skills/presentations.aspx

Presentation Accessibility Guidelines:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/creating-accessible-presentations-HA001166768.aspx
http://www.w3.org/WAI/training/accessible

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Microsoft Office Suite

Mac Requirements:

  • Intel, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 (500 MHz or faster) processor
  • Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 1.5 GB hard drive

Windows Requirements:

  • 500 MHz processor speed or higher
  • Windows XP SP 2, Server 2003 SP1 or later
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 2 GB hard drive

Go to http://us20.trymicrosoftoffice.com/product.aspx?re_ms=oo&family=officepr... to download a 60 day free trial of MS Office Pro 2007;

 

Go to http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008/trial-download.mspx to download a 30 day free trial for MS Office 2008 for Mac.

Reviews

Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.

  

Faculty e-Tool Review Results

Number of faculty reviewers: 2

1. The e-tool was easy to incorporate into my course.

 Picture of review results - 71.4% of reviewers strongly agreed that this e-tool was easy to incorporate into their course.

2. I used the e-tool to address the following: (Select all that apply)

Picture of review results-50% of reviewers used this e-tool to facilitate communication with and between students.  50% of reviewers used this e-tool to allow students to demonstrate mastery of content.  50% of reviewers used this e-tool for other uses (their comments on usage are below).

 

  • To prepare for narration with camtasia

3. Do you think the e-tool exemplified the construct of UDI within your course?  (UDI is defined as an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a range of learners including students with disabilities.)

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4. Please comment on the benefits of using the e-tool in your course.

  • It keeps notes with slides.

5. Please comment on any drawbacks of using the e-tool in your course.

  • Can't see notes when in slideshow mode. Have to scroll down to read it. No way to just print notes without copy and pasting it from every slide. Therefore, it was not great for the purpose of having notes to read from for narration in camtasia, yet the notes is how it automatically turns it into captions.

 

6. I will use the e-tool in another course.

picture of results-100% of reviewers would use this e-tool in another course.

7. In the future, I will use the e-tool to address the following: (select all that apply)

picture of results-50% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to reduce the physical demands placed on learners and to allow maximum attention to learning.  50% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to facilitate communication with and between students.  50% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future to allow students to demonstrate mastery of content.  50% of reviewers will this e-tool in the future for other uses (their comments on usage are below).

  • Preparation for other learning activities.