OSCQR – Standard #28

OSCQR – Standard #28

For all slideshows, there are simple, non-automatic transitions between slides.

Review These Explanations

Transitions have an effect on learner information processing. Researchers conducted a study where learners were split into two groups. One group was shown a presentation with animated, automatic transitions on slides, and the other group was shown an identical presentation with no transitions.

When learners were tested on recall and understanding, the group that watched the presentation with no transitions scored higher (Mahar et al, 2009).

Moreno & Mayer (2000) also found that that irrelevant sounds, motions, or animations in a presentation can reduce learner comprehension.


Mahar, S., Yaylacicegi, U., & Janicki, T. (2009). The dark side of custom animation. International Journal of Innovation & Learning, 6(6), 581-592.

Moreno, R., & Mayer, R.E. (2000). A coherence effect in multimedia learning: The case for minimizing irrelevant sounds in the design of multimedia instructional messages. Journal of Educational Psychology, 92, 117-125.

Refresh Your Course with These Ideas

General Suggestions

  • Try presenting with no special transitions.
  • Put all text on the slide at once and avoid builds.
  • Call out information on slides with a pointer tool in your recording application.

Explore Related Resources

Akgün, Ö. o., Babur, A., & Albayrak, E. (2016). Effects of Lectures with PowerPoint or Prezi Presentations on Cognitive Load, Recall, and Conceptual Learning. International Online Journal of Educational Sciences, 8(3), 1-11.
Hutchison, J. j. (2015). Making PowerPoint Presentations Powerful. School Business Affairs, 81(3), 26-30.
Nowak, M. m., Speakman, E., & Sayers, P. (2016). Evaluating PowerPoint Presentations: A Retrospective Study
Examining Educational Barriers and Strategies. Nursing Education Perspectives (National League for Nursing), 37(1), 28-31.
Mahar, Yaylacicegi, and Janicki (2009). Less is More When Developing PowerPoint Animations. Information Systems Education Journal, 7 (82). http://isedj.org/7/82/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2008: §3115. ISSN: 1542-7382.) This issue is on the Internet at http://isedj.org/7/82/

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