PowerPoint Lecture vs. Jeopardy-Style Gameshow


Traditionally, I have used PowerPoint to present information in the main portion of my lectures, and a Jeopardy-style game as a fun way to review main points. I had always viewed the two as completely different presentation styles with distinctly different applications. However, when I set out to create a more effective presentation on the spread of infectious disease, I found that the two styles are actually both based on the principle of using simple notes to convey important information. This common way to convey main points lent itself easily to the conversion of my traditional PowerPoint lecture into a Jeopardy-style game. So, I thought I would try it and see for myself the results.

I used QuizShow to create the game. With this software, converting a PowerPoint lecture to a Jeopardy-style game was really a simple process. To begin, I identified the main teaching objectives for my lecture then I created questions in two formats. The first format was based on specific content. The second format was a means to a specific end or objective.

Jeopardy-style Question Example 1
Here is a PowerPoint Slide with content. From this I slide I need to create a question in the game that will allow me to review the same information as I would with PowerPoint.

Here is an example of a slide from my PowerPoint presentation. The content is short becuase they really are just a reminder of what I want to go over in my presentation.

Jeopardy-style game question based on a the previous PowerPoint slide Here is my question that I created to to review Hepatitis.

To solidify information in the mind's of my audience members, I used the summary area of My Quiz™ Show. This area can also be used to cover additional, related points just like in a traditional PowerPoint presentation.

c3 softworks - news releasesWith the My Quiz Show™ software, I was able to copy and paste information from my PowerPoint slides and add it to the summary area of the Jeopardy-style game. This software also allows for PowerPoint slides to be saved as JPEG files that can be imported directly to the summary area thus eliminating the need to cut and paste (see example to right).

Jeopardy-style Question Example 2
Creating a specific objective question

This question was built using an open-ended question where the answer was tied to my teaching points. Using different question styles, I found, was a wonderful way to “mix it up” a bit in order to maintain my audience's attention.

Q: Mary Mallon became infamous for the spread of what disease?
In this example, the answer was Typhoid. Poor Mary will always be remembered as Typhoid Mary. This question was a great launching pad to review additional main points of the lecture.

Below are examples of the main points this question led to:
• Like Hepatitis A, Typhoid is spread through the gastrointestinal system if she simply would have washed her hands before preparing food, she would have greatly reduced the spread of the disease.

• Mary was a perfect example of being highly infectious without having any symptoms or feeling ill. Mary refused to believe she could spread a disease when she was not even sick. • She was eventually prosecuted for knowingly spreading a disease. Mary was responsible for multiple deaths in the hospital where she worked as a cook.
With these two question format examples, I was able to transition my PowerPoint lecture into a more engaging game. I felt a little mischievous about using the game. It was like I teased my students with candy, but by the time I was done they were eating broccoli and liking it! I can't say that ever happened with my PowerPoint lectures. However, enjoyment was only one of my goals. I also wanted my audience to retain more of the key points from my lecture.

In my experience, I found the Jeopardy-style game much more effective in achieving both of my goals. In fact, it was so much more successful I am not going back to my original PowerPoint lecture. With the Jeopardy-style game, I was able to deliver the same content, right down to the same lame jokes I typically tell, but I delivered the information in much more engaging way.