Prepare Your PowerPoint

  1. Follow all accessibility guidelines on visual formatting (refer to other documentation on this topic)
  2. Do not embed multimedia or hyperlinks into the presentation
    • Add these reference items directly into the LMS along with the presentation
  3. Omit slide transitions or any other animations on the slide: these effects may not transfer to the movie format
  4. Write out acronyms fully the first time you use them on the slide; discuss or define them in your narration
  5. You do not need to “alt tag” your presentations if they are uploaded to Ensemble as a video:
    • Instead, your narration should briefly describe and discuss any visual content

Plan and Record Your Presentation

  1. Prepare for your narration with a script or outline; this will help organize your thoughts before recording.
    • Once the recordings are produced, the scripts can be used as transcripts
    • Narrated lectures should be concise, thorough, and clear
    • Plan to read or fully discuss all text on the slide to accommodate students with visual impairments
    • Refrain from adlib
  2. Hardware Recommendations:
    • Best: Headset and microphone
    • Better: external microphone and speakers
    • Good: internal microphone and speakers
  3. Choose a quiet room for recording:
    • Close the door
    • Turn off the phone
    • Log out of any other applications that might have sound notifications on your computer
  4. Keep lectures short: 10 – 15 minutes is ideal; 20 minutes should be a maximum
    • Students will pay far less time and attention to a screen, than to a live lecture
    • Presenting information in “chunks” can aid in retention
    • Longer material can be broken into segments (i.e. Lecture1A, Lecture1B, Lecture1C etc...)
      • Added Benefit: if changes are ever needed, you will only need to update one segment!
  5. Speak as if you are giving a presentation to a room full of people or presenting in a webinar
    • The pauses you take in this approach are beneficial for the auto and manual captioning process
    • Pausing can also help emphasize especially important points

Quality Control

  1. Make a test recording with the first 5 slides of your presentation.  Check the following: 
  • Audio quality:
    • Are there distracting ambient noises?
    • Do you hear distortions, scratchiness, unusual modulations?
  • Sound levels:
    • Is listening comfortable when your system and speakers are set to a middle volume?
  • Pacing:
    • Does the pace drag?  Or does it feel rushed?
  • Reality Check: if you were a student, would you want to spend time listening to this recording?! 
  1. Listen to your first recording in full: good production values reinforce the message that the lesson is of value!



Article ID: 72978
Mon 3/4/19 3:50 PM
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