Creating visual aids with graphic organisers on an infinite canvas – the impact on the presenter

  • Jordi Casteleyn Department of Educational Studies, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • Andre Mottart Department of Educational Studies, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • Martin Valcke Department of Educational Studies, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Keywords: visual communication, teaching practices, presentation skills, self-efficacy, prezi

Abstract

Instead of the traditional set of slides, the visual aids of a presentation can now be graphic organisers (concept maps, knowledge maps, mind maps) on an infinite canvas. Constructing graphic organisers has a beneficial impact on learning, but this topic has not been studied in the context of giving a presentation. The present study examined this issue by having 199 students prepare a presentation. The control sample created visual aids that are similar to a deck of slides with text and pictures. In the first experimental condition, graphic organisers were inserted in this deck of slides, and in the second experimental condition, visuals aids with interconnected graphic organisers were produced. There were no significant differences in self-reported self-efficacy related to giving a presentation and in motivational variables. To detect if the presentations met the principles set by the conditions, the participants’ products were coded qualitatively, but this analysis also yielded no differences in variables. Further research should therefore explore the interaction between software and presenter.

Keywords: visual communication; teaching practices; presentation skills; self-efficacy; prezi

(Published: 20 February 2015)

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2015, 23: 25161 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v23.25161

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Author Biographies

Jordi Casteleyn, Department of Educational Studies, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Department of Educational Studies
Andre Mottart, Department of Educational Studies, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Department of Educational Studies
Martin Valcke, Department of Educational Studies, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Department of Educational Studies
Published
2015-02-20
How to Cite
Casteleyn, J., Mottart, A., & Valcke, M. (2015). Creating visual aids with graphic organisers on an infinite canvas – the impact on the presenter. Research in Learning Technology, 23. https://doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v23.25161
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Original Research Articles