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The acquisition of presentation skills is an important part of your study, as such skills are immensely valuable within the workplace. Therefore, presentation assessments are an essential element in many of our courses.

Within the online environment, there are a number of different ways we can assess for presentation skills. One of the ways this can be done is via a narrated slideshow. This involves a combination of:

-          a series of written slides

-          an audio explanation of each of these slides.

By ‘talking to your slides’ you can demonstrate both your mastery of the information as well as your ability to present this information to an audience. is an online tool that is ideal for creating narrated slideshows. It allows you to upload a written slideshow and then add an audio narration to it. You can then create a link to your presentation submit it into Blackboard.


Before you start

Before you start using to record audio and video, you’ll need to have a few things ready to go:

Your presentation

You’ll need a presentation in one of the following formats: Powerpoint (.ppt or .pptx), PDF, Google Doc, or an online Prezi presentation. If your presentation is in a different format, like Keynote, don’t worry – you can use that software to export the presentation to PDF before uploading it. See your software’s help for more information.

A microphone or webcam

To record audio, you’ll need a microphone. If you want to record video, you’ll also need a webcam. Many computers (like laptops), will already have these, but if you’re not happy with the quality of the audio you might like to use an external one. It’s best to set the volume to 50% to get the best recording quality.

An internet connection is a browser-based application, so you’ll need an internet connection to use it. There’s no app for tablets or smartphones, so it’s best to use a laptop or desktop computer to do your recording.

A script (recommended)

If you write a script for what you say for each slide, you’ll always know what to say, and you’ll be able to focus on communicating, meaning that your presentation will probably end up being better quality. You don’t need to write out every word – even a list of bullet points for each slide can be helpful.

A quiet room

Background noise can be distracting for your viewers. Find somewhere quiet to make your recording, so it’s easy for your viewers to focus on what you’ve got to say.