The Assertion-Evidence approach for lecture slides and presentations

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Several years ago, I attended a workshop on approaches for educational Power Point presentations. I was intrigued and impressed by examples and the pedagogy behind the “Assertion-Evidence” approach. Rather than a topic heading on the slide, this format uses an assertion statement to make a point – and builds a presentation around messages rather than topics. The assertion is a statement or sentence that expresses the primary focus or takeaway from that slide. For example, rather than a topic heading that says, “Blood Glucose Regulation”, the assertion would be “Blood glucose levels are maintained through the actions of pancreatic hormones”. The “evidence” would be bullet points, a visual image, or infographic that supports the assertion. The assertion does not need to be repeated in the body of the slide. For my own classes and as part of my textbook instructor resources for Nutrition for a Changing World, I adapted the “normal” (and good!) slides to incorporate the Assertion-Evidence approach as an alternative. Thus, as currently found in Launchpad instructor resources, educators have the choice of topic-based slides or Assertion-Evidence (these are currently titled for each chapter or spotlight with my name as “jamiepope_lectureslides_ncw2e….”). Both can be adapted and edited to meet individual instructor’s style and learning goals. Here are a couple of links with more information about the Assertion-Evidence approach. I’d also be happy to share an example via email if you’d reach out to me at Best!

About the Author
Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.