Creating Digital Presentations
Digital video can be a highly effective educational tool when integrated into traditional, blended and online courses.
Lesson demonstrations, student presentations, video feedback and study guides are several ways digital video can be used to promote student engagement. Products available at UND and explored in this section include PowerPoint, VoiceThread and YuJa. Our Digital Media Studio is available as a space to assist faculty in developing quality short video recordings, podcasts, and more for their online, hybrid, and on-ground courses.
If you have any questions on which product may best suit your needs, please schedule an appointment with one of our trained instructional designers. We have also included a brief comparison chart that shows the various features of PowerPoint, VoiceThread and YuJa to help you decide which tool will best fit your needs..
Research and Pedagogy
Three Quick Tips for Creating Digital Presentations
(e.g., videos, lecture recordings)
- Create recordings/videos that are 20 minutes or shorter; if a lecture on a chapter takes 50 minutes, try chunking it into 15-20 minute sections.
- If possible, include a webcam of yourself as the instructor during the narrated presentation; it generally helps to humanize the course material and make it feel more like an in-person session.
- Try to build-in authentic assessments throughout videos/recordings, having periodic “knowledge checks” to keep students evaluating their learning and keep them engaged.
Advantages of Using Digital Presentations & Multimedia in Courses
- Videos, recordings, and multimedia encourage more accountability among students.
- Students have ongoing access to course materials, enabling them to review core concepts (e.g., lecture recordings, multimedia).
- Non-traditional students can access lectures on their own schedule, making education more available and accessible.
- Traditional students can take advantage of lecture recordings for review and test preparation.
- Lecture recordings, complete with multimedia integration, can meet the needs of different types of learners, both visual and auditory. For students with special learning needs, lecture recordings can take the place of notes, and improve their ability to learn. Furthermore, results suggested that many students found access to lecture capture to be empowering, enabling them to take control of the learning process.
A Taxonomy of Asynchronous Instructional Video Styles - Chorianopoulos (2018)
- This study includes a survey of the research literature related to contemporary video-based courses, which have been produced by diverse educational organizations and teachers across several academic disciplines. Results were used to propose a taxonomy to effectively organize types of instructional media and design learning spaces.
Considering Two Audiences When Recording Lectures as Lecturecasts - Collier-Reed (2013)
Findings from this study demonstrate how the design and implementation of lecture-casting can be improved to ensure that students have the best possible experience of the material being presented.
This article includes definitions of flipped learning, and the author addresses some of the most common concerns among flipped learning instructors regarding the flip and proposes possible solutions.
Does Digital Scholarship through Online Lectures Affect Student Learning? - Kinash, et al. (2015)
- Overall conclusions from the combined research questions in this study indicate that online digital content is a worthwhile teaching and learning pursuit; discipline and context must be considered in designing specific learning materials.
This study had the primary goal of gaining a better understanding of how students were using recorded lectures in their learning and how their study habits have been influenced by the technology.
PowerPoint has built in audio features that are great for adding audio to slides.Learn more about PowerPoint
VoiceThread is a tool that is available in Blackboard that can provide collaborative spaces with video, voice, and text commenting among students and instructors.
New VoiceThread Assignments are Here!
VoiceThread assignments are getting an upgrade! New VoiceThread assignments are a major overhaul and redesign of the entire experience. Some of the new features included:
- A streamlined interface
- More control for instructors
- Editable assignments
- A "student gallery" so students can easily see classmates' VoiceThreads
- Better feedback for students
- October 2020 - June 2021: Transition period! Adopt new assignments when the timing is right for your course.
- June 30, 2021: All courses that have not yet adopted new assignments will be upgraded automatically.
What happens when you update?
First and foremost, none of your past assignments will break! You and your students will start seeing the upgraded interfaces described below, but no work will be lost, and everyone can continue completing and grading existing assignments without interruption. Just keep in mind that old assignments will retain old features and policies. To take advantage of all new policies and features, you will need to build a new assignment.
Any new assignment you create from this point on will use all new features.
Please note: At this time, students are not able to comment on their own VoiceThread in the new assignment. This functionality is currently being developed and released soon.
TTaDA offers VoiceThread workshops. View the Upcoming Sessions for available session dates and times. You can also attend a VoiceThread workshop or watch a recording of a previous workshop offered by VoiceThread.
How can I use VoiceThread?
VoiceThread has many potential uses for both in-person and online classes. Plus, because both faculty and students have access to create VoiceThreads, students can create their own content for assignments.
- Narrate a PowerPoint presentation with audio or video.
- Pose a question or topic and use it as a visual discussion board.
- Encourage student to student interactions.
- Create digital stories by narrating over images, videos and slides. Or, create collaborative stories with VoiceThread's collaboration features.
- Upload video to VoiceThread and gather reflections.
- Practice a foreign language.
- Evaluate, review or critique an idea or a student presentation
YuJa is a video platform that allows users to host video content and record video lectures that can be used as part of curriculum deployment.Learn more about YuJa