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Redesigning Powerpoint presentation slide based on gestalt law of screen design to capture learners' attention

Bahrudin, Ida Aryanie and Abdullah, Mohd Ezree and Surip, Miswan Redesigning Powerpoint presentation slide based on gestalt law of screen design to capture learners' attention. In: Persidangan Kebangsaan Penyelidikan dan Inovasi Dalam Pendidikan dan Latihan Teknik dan Vokasional CIE-TVT 2011, 16-17 November 2011, Pulau Pinang.


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Lectures are consisting of two components which are content and delivery. Both components are essential elements for creating an interesting lecture. How good the lecture is dependent upon the quality of the delivery. However, lecture is best suited for elaborating certain information and is not the best method for convey large amounts of information. Large amount of information is better presented in text format, so that students can access whenever they need it. Therefore, many lecturers find PowerPoint™ is useful in enhancing lectures and emphasizing key point to their students. Nevertheless, mistakes in making the slide design can lead to a room full of bored looks. In order to improve the presentation slide design Gestalt Law of screen design such as balance/symmetry, continuation, closure, figure-ground, focal point, isomorphic correspondence, prägnanz, proximity, similarity, simplicity, and unity/harmony were consulted. To test the usefulness of these laws in visual screen design they were applied to the redesign of a presentation slide design, ‘System Development Environment’. The original presentation slides were redesigned according to these principles. The new screen designs were then evaluated by distributing questionnaires to students to compare the designs. The students were also asked to rate the value of using the Gestalt design principles in the redesign, both for improving the product’s appearance and improving its value for learning. The results show a very positive feedback from the students. Therefore, this principle should be implemented in designing other presentation slide in order to capture learners’ attention.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: presentation slide; Gestalt Law; screen design
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1024 Teaching (Principles and practice)
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 02:45
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2012 02:45
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/2576
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