It wasn’t that the material was dense and challenging. It was because her professor “would write on the PowerPoint slides complete sentences, which she would then read,” explains Ms. Lesht, who is majoring in biology and minoring in religious studies. “It didn’t really add anything to the lecture. It just made everything more complicated and convoluted.” “I call it ‘PowerPoint abuse,'” she says. “It’s pretty widespread.”
Increasingly, professors are placing their PowerPoint slides on the Web before or after class — a feature that students find convenient and helpful. But while students often ask for this service, it can also make them less likely to attend classes.