Enhancing learners’ awareness of presentation literacy to stimulate interactive and creative learning in tertiary education

    Ivona Baranovska-Vasiljeva Affiliation


Learning methods play a significant role and receive more and more attention in this digital era where everyone wants something exciting, dynamic, effective, and interactive. This paper argues that one of the essential tasks of the current communication age and of a modern-day teacher is the enhancement of presentation literacy through the encouragement and development of students’ creative, communicative, and interactive skills. The article provides some of the reasons why present-day teaching should lay account on a new type learner, i.e. a net gener, and his needs as well as his expectations in the learning environment in the 21st century. The skill of effective public speaking or the practice of the commonly called presentations is brought into focus alongside. The study employed a survey on the usefulness and effectiveness of the presentation assignment which integrated TED Talks and topic-related creative activities. The research involved the students of Creative Industries study program at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania. As a result, a more creative and interactive learning method of delivering presentations and becoming more self-confident speakers proved to be beneficial among students. Their reflections revealed their attitude towards the effectiveness of the activity and offered insights into the learning process on how to help teachers cater to changing students’ needs. The implications of this article are relevant to all stakeholders in higher education.

Keyword : communication age, creativity, interactive learning, Net Generation, presentation literacy, TED Talks

How to Cite
Baranovska-Vasiljeva, I. (2024). Enhancing learners’ awareness of presentation literacy to stimulate interactive and creative learning in tertiary education. Creativity Studies, 17(1), 27–40.
Published in Issue
Jan 17, 2024
Abstract Views
PDF Downloads
Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


Aflalo, E. (2021). Students generating questions as a way of learning. Active Learning in Higher Education, 22(1), 63–75.

Anderson, Ch. (2017). TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking. Harper Business.

Berk, R. A. (2009). Teaching strategies for the Net Generation. Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal, 3(2).

Cornwell, L. (2014). What is the impact of PowerPoint lectures on learning? A brief review of research.

Dörnyei, Z. (2009). Second language acquisition research series. Questionnaires in second language research: Construction, administration, and processing. Routledge.

Gallo, C. (2014). Talk like TED: The 9 public-speaking secrets of the world’s top minds. St. Martin’s Press.

Griffiths, M. (2014). Encouraging imagination and creativity in the teaching profession. European Educational Research Journal, 13(1), 117–129.

Klibavičius, D. (2014). New media in the education of the Net Generation. Creativity Studies, 7(2), 82–97.

Kopáčková, H. (2015, 7–9 July). Characteristics of digital natives generation in the context of mobile learning. In Proceedings of 2015 International Conference on Information and Digital Technologies (pp. 155–160). Zilina, Slovakia. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Lares, A. (2023). Why TED Talks are the modern Gold Standard for presentations. Shapiro Negotiations Institute.

Prensky, M. (2001). Digital natives, digital immigrants: Part 1. On the Horizon, 9(5), 1–6.

Prensky, M. (2012). From digital natives to digital wisdom: Hopeful essays for 21st century learning. Corwin Press.

Ramaila, S., & Junior Molwele, A. (2022). The role of technology integration in the development of 21st century skills and competencies in life sciences teaching and learning. International Journal of Higher Education, 11(5), 9–17.

Romanelli, F., Cain, J., & McNamara, P. J. (2014). Should TED Talks be teaching us something? American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 78(6).

Samiei Lari, F. (2014). The impact of using powerpoint presentations on students’ learning and motivation in secondary schools. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 98, 1672–1677.

Shaheen, R. (2010). Creativity and education. Creative Education, 1(3), 166–169.

Sugimoto, C. R., Thelwall, M., Larivière, V., Tsou, A., Mongeon, Ph., & Macaluso, B. (2013). Scientists popularizing science: Characteristics and impact of TED Talk presenters. PLoS ONE, 8(4).

Tapscott, D. (2009). Grown up digital: How the Net Generation is changing your world. McGraw-Hill.

TED. (2023). Our Mission: Spread ideas, foster community and create impact.

Ventimiglia, Ph., & Pullman, G. (2016). From written to digital: The new literacy. Educause Review, March–April, 36–48.

Vilnius Tech. (2023). Department of creative communication.

Xingeng, D., & Jianxiang, L. (2012). Advantages and disadvantages of PowerPoint in lectures to science students. I. J. Education and Management Engineering, 9, 61–65.

Yakovleva, N. O., & Yakovlev, E. V. (2014). Interactive teaching methods in contemporary higher education. Pacific Science Review, 16(2), 75–80.