Using PowerPoint Effectively


Photograph of the Microsoft Powerpoint program logoOverview:
Intended for users with a basic familiarity with PowerPoint, this one-off workshop outlines a strategy for using PowerPoint effectively. You will learn a strategy for making effective slides, and also a few useful obscure features.

Target audience:
People who use PowerPoint at work who would like to make more effective presentations.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course you will:

  • Appreciate the difference between a PowerPoint document and a lecture outline
  • Understand how to integrate PowerPoint slides into a spoken presentation
  • Gain confidence in your PowerPoint decisions
  • Appreciate the advantages of the “edit points” command

Course outline:
In a single interactive session, the instructor will outline an approach to effective presentations by contrasting slides of varying degrees of effectiveness. There will be many opportunities to ask questions.

Alexander Maxwell teaches history at Victoria University. He has been teaching with PowerPoint since 2004, and has been giving seminars on effective PowerPoint use since 2007. He is the author of “Ban the Bullet Point! Content positive PowerPoint for historians.” 

“Alexander made the topic easy to understand”, Science and the Stars: A brief history of astrophysics participant (2018)

“Hope there are more courses run by Dr Maxwell. His teaching style is excellent and engages us, the audience. His research was excellent”, Science and the Stars: A brief history of astrophysics participant (2018)

Relevant links:
School of History, Philosophy, Political Studies and International Relations

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.