Using Office Mix in Online Business Communication Courses

Revisiting the Power of Microsoft PowerPoint


  • Susan Hall Webb University of West Georgia


Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Business communication courses


Problem: Often, students are not actively engaged in online courses. The disconnect between student-student and professor-student can be remedied by using an innovative presentation software that combines auditory, visual, and tactile learning experiences, all of which can be experienced by students using Office Mix, an add-on application of Microsoft PowerPoint 2013/16. Research Questions: What are student perceptions of using Office Mix in developing presentation and leadership skills? What positive and/or negative experiences did students encounter while using Office Mix? Research Method: A mixed methods research design combining quantitative and qualitative analysis through online surveys and focus groups was used. Data Collection Procedures and Analysis:
The population for this study included upperclassmen and graduate students (N = 121) enrolled in online business communication courses using Office Mix. Online surveys were administered and analyzed using SPSS 23. Subjective questions were posed to two small
focus groups to obtain a deeper understanding of student perceptions of their experiences and future benefits of using Office Mix. Findings: Students reacted favorably to Office Mix using the phenomenography framework of analysis. Suggestions were discussed during the focus groups about future advantages and benefits, both professionally and personally, based on students’ reflective experiences. Recommendations: Several implications for practice were developed through both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Professors can create positive learning outcomes using Office Mix through differentiation of learning styles and by requiring students’ reflection on their experiences. Students can experience growth in their presentation abilities by using this innovative technology.


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How to Cite

Webb , S. H. (2017). Using Office Mix in Online Business Communication Courses: Revisiting the Power of Microsoft PowerPoint. Journal of Research In Business Education, 58(1), 39-50.

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