Are my PowerPoints effective?

Important Things to Keep in Mind for Creating Effective PowerPoint Presentations:

  • Keep your layout simple. This will make your presentation easier to read and it will therefore be a better teaching tool.
  • Keep word choice simple but make sure content is detailed enough to convey your intended meaning.
  • Make sure everything included in your presentation moves the content forward and is connected to the learning objectives for your assignment.
  • Use a sans serif font and make sure text size is big enough to be easily legible. Serif fonts are more difficult to read, particularly for students who have any trouble with visual processing. Click here to read about the difference between serif and sans serif Fonts.
  • Leave an adequate amount of uncluttered space. This will be particularly helpful to your students who have any trouble with visual processing.
  • Use high contrast color-schemes. Light text on a dark background is much easier to read than dark text on a light background. Avoid using design features, such as patterned backgrounds, just because they look cool.

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This slide is difficult to read. It has a patterned background, small font, green font on a green background, low color contrast and uses a serif font.
This slide is easier to read. It has a solid background, large font, black font on a white background, has high color contrast and uses a Sans-Serif font.

This slide is difficult to read. It has a patterned background, small font, red font on a red background, low color contrast and uses a serif font.

This slide is easier to read. It has a solid background, large font, white font on a blue background, has high color contrast and uses a Sans-Serif font.

This slide is difficult to read. It has a patterned background, small font, blue font on a blue background, low color contrast and uses a serif font.

This slide is easier to read. It has a solid background, large font, white font on a black background, has high color contrast and uses a Sans-Serif font.


Read about Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations

Last Updated February 7, 2017