Step by step guide to creating class notes using PowerPoint

With the Chapter Green Sample Template, you can create interactive class notes simply by copying and pasting interface components onto a new slide and then creating hyperlinks to transition between slides, giving your class notes needed interactivity and responsiveness to your actions.

If you haven’t downloaded the Sample Template yet, click the big green button, subscribe and download the Template by clicking on the highlighted link.

Step1: Sketching the flow of the class notes

Start off by defining the different slides that you will need and how your students will transition between them. I use a mind map diagram to create the overall planning of the interactive class notes I would like to create and how the various slides link to each other.

Plan carefully when creating this diagram. It will save you time in having to make adjustments in the layout and links between your class notes later on. Keep in mind that the table of contents need to be accessible from ALL pages, making it easy for your students to navigate between the slides.


Step 2: Creating the slides

Open the Sample Template. The sample Template will have the basic layout of the cover, table of contents, mind map, sticky notes and one section with 3 subsections already inserted. All you need to do is add in your own content.

If you would like to add additional slides to your presentation, click on the new slide button that can be found under the Home tab and select the layout that you would like to make use of. Buttons and other interface components can be added by copying each component from one of the master slides. To access the interface components, select the Slide Master Button under the View Tab.

This will reveal the master slides in the slides panel, allowing you to click on a specific master slide and copy/paste interface components (buttons, lines, menus etc.) into your slides. Since all components were created in PowerPoint, they are fully editable.

Each interface component is comprised of a number of elements that are grouped together. Ungroup components by right clicking, selecting the group option and ungrouping them.  This will allow you to edit each individual element and regroup them again. Grouping makes it easier to select and move components.

Hint: After you’ve created each slide, it’s sometimes easier to move components that need to be repeated in other slides into their own master slide layout. Doing this will save time in making modifications in each slide if you decide to change something later.

After creating each slide, duplicate slides to create slides that use the same basic layout and add or adjust any additional components you might require. It is easier to insert interface components such as buttons, titles, lines and common links BEFORE you duplicate the slide. This saves you from having to change them in each of the slides individually after content has been inserted.

Hint: You can easily adjust the look and feel of the sample template to reflect your university or specific faculty by adjusting the master slides. Select the View tab in the top menu, select Slide Master.


Step 3: Adding interactivity

This is where the magic starts happening! It’s time to create transitions between slides by using hyperlinks and animations. This is done by going through your mind map diagram and for each slide, selecting the interface component that would activate the transition to another slide. For instance if you would like a specific button to open up a information section in a new window, click on the component (button in this case), right click, select insert hyperlink and select the slide you would like the component to transition to.

Animations and transition effects can be used to great effect when moving between slides. When used in conjunction with hyperlinks it gives the student the illusion of a fully interactive application! Great examples are sliding menus and pop up sticky notes.

Hint: PowerPoint will keep track of your hyperlinks when you rearrange the sequence of your slides. Remember to test your presentation thoroughly to ensure that you’ve hyperlinked the correct interface components to the desired slides.


Already created your presentation?

Open your already created presentation. Under the design tab select browse themes from the drop down menu and then select the Sample Template you have downloaded. Note that this will only import the main master slide design. Right click on each slide and select the master slide layout you would like to insert into that specific slide.

You will probably need to reposition your content and duplicate a few slides to fit in the Sample Template and provide interactivity. To complete your interactive class notes follow the above mentioned steps as you would when starting from scratch. And that’s it! You have now created interactive class notes using PowerPoint! Hit F5 and enjoy!

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