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Ten tips for online presentations

von Thomas Tribelhorn

Make your SlideCasts a little more attractive

Many teachers produce online presentations from existing slides. However, those who comment on their presentation without an audience sometimes appear slightly "restrained" on the recording. For this reason, and because an online presentation is not a live presentation, a few aspects should be considered to ensure that the presentations remain appealing.


Divide long presentations into portions of 15 minutes maximum. Research reports high drop-out rates for longer presentations.


The time of “text deserts” on slides is over. Use large illustrations, pictures, graphics to complement the oral commentary.


Avoid "text-image-scissors", the visualization must be synchronized with the oral presentations. Don't use too long "still images", build the visualizations in addition to the commentary .


The audio track is often underestimated! Use a good microphone or headset, record in a small room with books or curtains to reduce reverb as much as possible.


What fascinates(d) you about the topic? Reactivate the corresponding emotions and you will present differently. The enthusiasm of presenters has been proven to have a strong motivating effect. 


Stimulate cognitively by inserting short pauses for reflection. Prepare interesting and level-appropriate questions about the content.


Put a statement/example/problem at the beginning, then disclose the development. Even better is a well thought-out dramaturgy. Try to tell a "story".


Clear language, pauses between sentences, no "tapeworm sentences".


Online presentations are merely learning content in multimedia form. What should the target group do with this information? Assign  tasks to process the information.


Use familiar technology or tools that you can handle within a reasonable amount of time. Focus on content and activities.