Sometimes I get obsessed with dull questions like this. It’s especially tragic at 5:30pm on a Friday afternoon.
Anyway, three ways you can put a PowerPoint presentation on a VLE:
1. Upload a ppt file
✓ Students can download it, cut it up, do what they want with it. They can print it 1 slide to a page, or 6 slides to a page. Whatever. Go nuts.
✗ Students can’t view it in their browser. They have to download it and wait for PowerPoint to open. If the VLE’s a mess and they can’t find the presentation they’re looking for, this can be a real drag.
2. Upload a pdf of the presentation
✓ Students can view it in their browser.
✗ Students can’t cut and paste from it so easily. Printing choices are limited.
✓ Lots of choice for the student.
✗ More work for the lecturer, especially if VLE uploading is clunky or slow (I’m looking at you, Blackboard Learn).
Guess what: there isn’t a perfect answer. Maybe if we had VLEs that did all this work for us.
I know this is dull, and I know VLEs have more to offer than just being a virtual filing cabinet. But the truth is, this is one of the main things they’re used for right now. It seems a shame that (1) and (2) are both deficient, and that (3) just creates more tedious work.