Students' Preferences Between Blackboard Teaching and PowerPoint Presentations: A Cross-Sectional Survey

  • Amos Masih
  • Nikhil Seth
  • Aditya Saxena
  • Prerna Baruah
Keywords: Teaching, Learning, Students


INTRODUCTION: With evolution of technology, teachers have, or are shifting to various methods other that blackboard teaching (e.g. PowerPoint, Over Head Projectors, Integrated Learning, Online Apps, etc)
AIM: To assess students’ Preferences between blackboard teaching and PowerPoint Presentations among different university students in the city of Melbourne, Australia
MATERIALS AND METHOD: Data was collected using a pre-tested and pre-validated questionnaire and distributed online to students studying in various Universities in Melbourne, Australia. Statistical tests involved the Shapiro-Wilk test, Independent samples t-test, multivariate linear regression and the Pearson’s correlation coefficient. The analysis was done using SPSS version 21.0.
RESULTS: There were a total of 827 complete responses (response rate: 82.6%) and females formed a majority of the study population (62%). Majority of the students (53.1%) preferred PowerPoint presentations as compared to blackboard teaching (46.9%), although the difference was minimal; responses of females was statistically significant (p=0.02). Significant differences (p=0.03) were also observed as 58.8 % students considered blackboard teaching more interesting as compared to PowerPoint Lectures.
CONCLUSION: Students preferred PowerPoint presentations as compared to Blackboard teaching and the teachers should aim to make it as interesting as possible and allow student interaction in between.


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Author Biographies

Amos Masih

Post Graduate Student, School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Groove Campus, Brisbane, Australia

Nikhil Seth

Masters In Public Health Dentistry, Deakin University, Australia

Aditya Saxena

BDS, Consultant Medical Surgeon, Melbourne Australia

Prerna Baruah

MDS (Prosthodontics), Consultant Dental Surgeon, Melbourne, Australia


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DOI: 10.26440/IHRJ/0403.06350
Published: 2020-06-21
How to Cite
Amos Masih, Nikhil Seth, Aditya Saxena, Prerna Baruah. Students’ Preferences Between Blackboard Teaching and PowerPoint Presentations: A Cross-Sectional Survey. IHRJ [Internet]. 2020Jun.21 [cited 2023Jun.8];4(3):64-8. Available from:
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