About Presentations & Online Content Delivery
Delivering content in an eCompanion or eCourse shell takes a little bit of different thinking and planning than a face to face course. In a face to face course, you might use PowerPoint to deliver a lecture, and embed images and videos, then stand in the classroom with a projector and show your slides and speak over them giving additional added insight to what they students are seeing.
Many faculty find using PowerPoint with Pearson to be difficult. The main reason is that PowerPoint files are not web friendly. Many PowerPoint presentations contain animations, transitions, macros, and audio/video files that do not convert well to the web. With PowerPoint really being designed for the scenario in the first paragraph: computer + projector + speaker talking to an audience, it doesn't translate well for the web in the sense that the environment is so different than the intent of the software.
Uploading PowerPoints into the MS Office content items will often result in missing images or text, or slides appearing different on a mac or pc computer. Basically - it is clunky. They can be linked from the visual editor as linked files, or placed in Doc Sharing, which is fine for a face to face class, but that is also assuming that your students have PowerPoint to view the files.
A few options:
- Deliver your content in the Visual Editor - Use the Pearson LearningStudio Visual Editor and enter your content directly into the content item. Check out our Visual Editor page for more information.
- PowerPoint Alternatives -
This page features many ways to publish your PPT files if you REALLY want to keep them in the slide/handout format, however for a fully online course, this is still not preferred. This is a collection of ideas for taking your presentations and sharing it in web-friendly, more interactive and dynamic ways.
- Slideshare - upload PowerPoint slides, share with a link, embed in a blog, tag, & comment
Requires users to create a free account, then upload your PowerPoint. Just like Youtube, it has embed code created for you to easily embed your presentation into a text/multimedia content item type. Read more about Slideshare. This is a popular and easy to use tool. The White House actually uses this for sharing official presentations.
The zooming editor for stunning presentations. Create a map of your ideas, images, videos, then show overview, zoom to details, amaze, convince, take the day. And it is very simple to use.
- Online Learning Tools - This document contains four worksheets of resources on the web for Content/Discipline-Specific Tools, Presentation & Graphics tools, Faculty Development tools, and Reference tools.
- HelloSlide - Upload a PDF of your presentation, then Simply type the speech for each slide, instead of recording it, and HelloSlide automagically generates the audio.
- SideRocket - allows educators and students to build and deliver presentations online, offline, and via mobile devices.
- SideVibe - lets teachers build interactive lectures directly on top of existing web pages. Students can engage in online discussion, while teachers can collect and assess student work instantaneously.
- Xtranormal - Make movies with the available cartoon characters for short how to, or topic introductions
PDF Flip Book Options
- Issuu - Per their website, Issuu is the leading digital publishing platform delivering exceptional reading experiences of magazines, catalogs, and newspapers. Millions of people have uploaded their best publications to create beautiful digital editions.
- VCab - Vcab is a product providing online publishing and design solutions that will help your publication stand out from the crowd. Create a clickable flash flipbook from a PDF. Licensing can be per page, or per quantity of documents per year.
Presentation & Slidecasts
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