Sometimes bullets are the best choice as a slide design. Often, though, they can detract from learning because students can’t read and listen at the same time.

Here are 5 alternatives to the traditional bullet points-based slide design. You can use #unbulleting to improve the slides-assisted lecture experience for students.

Assertion-evidence structure

Place a statement at the top of the slide and use the rest of the slide to visually prove the assertion. Don’t be afraid to write a complete sentence. This structure lends itself particularly well to charts and graphs.

Assertion evidence structure

Text-based treatment

Carefully selected words to act as a focal point for a particular point.

Text-based treatment

Full-screen image + title

Fill the entire screen with a bold graphic, and don’t forget to use the Title placeholder to write words on the screen. Make sure the text has sufficient contrast against the background of the slide.

full screen image

Graphic + labels

A great way to orient students to parts of a whole, either a concept or a physical object. Animate the labels and appear them in the order you plan to talk about each piece.

graphic and labels

No slide at all

Topics that don’t lend themselves well to visual treatments, or that you don’t expect students to be able to repeat from memory, may not be enhanced by the addition of a slide. Consider this option when you want students just to listen rather than read.

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