Distance Learning Presentation Principles

Technical Information

Distance Learning Presentation Principles

Make the organization of presentation explicit:

  • Give an  Overview  and
  • State the learning  objectives.

Work with the  camera. Speak to it. Reach toward it... like you would to a good friend. Remember, to the audience, you’ll be involving them.

Interact  with the near and remote audiences through questions or use your usual approach to solicit input from the remote audience (example:  “Any questions from the other sites...how about Dayton?” )

Develop  open-ended questions for the audience as a part of your advance planning. Ask for analysis or multiple perspectives on a case.

Move  slowly and deliberately and stay in camera range.

Pause  before responding to questions – allow time for the remote audience to “unmute” microphones and respond.

Coordinate  with the distance learning technicians to learn what presentation style will work best with the equipment at your site. Sites with newer equipment will be able to present both the slides and the speaker at the same time via picture-in-picture, or a second monitor. Older units will only be able to present either your visuals, or yourself (both can’t be seen at remote sites at the same time). By introducing slides and then personally reinforcing those concepts on-camera you will be more effective. Trainees need to focus on the speaker, not on her (or his) props.

Point-out  concepts or images on your slides with a computer mouse to draw the trainees attention –  do not  use  laser pointers, which can only be seen locally and are not effective for a distant audience.

Speak clearly  and project with an appropriate volume.

Repeat questions  asked by participants at your location, so that other sites will know what has been asked.

Remember: an audience retains

  • 10% of audio heard and
  • 20% of visuals seen, but
  • 65% of  audio and visuals combined.

People are used to being passive viewers of TV.  YOU  have to help them become  active  participants.