PowerPoint, an impediment to learning?

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In the winter term 2012-13, I taught a part of the research methods course at Business School Lausanne. To fulfill the requirements of the course, the students had to do individual assignments as well as group projects. For their group projects they had to synthesize a number of classic articles on research design in management science and explore the inter-relations between the concepts across the articles. I had decided not let the students use Microsoft PowerPoint for presenting their group projects. Instead they had to develop mind maps using markers and paper. Below are some pictures from the students’ presentations and the mind maps they created. Continue reading