Thank you for agreeing to create a presentation for Fusion On-Demand, which will kick off on Thursday, July 21, 2022.
The On-Demand videos will be available in our Fusion instance of Brightspace. A free conference registration is required for everyone wanting to access the Fusion On-Demand presentations.
As you get yourself organized and set for the big day, here are some great steps to get you started.
Take Care of Your Registration Details
Make sure you register* for Fusion. You will not be able to access the Fusion On-Demand sessions unless you are registered. Be sure to confirm your mailing address so that we can send you a presenter gift!
Share Your Participation on Social Media
We’re excited to include your session in this year’s Fusion and encourage you to share your participation on social media.
Feel free to use the social graphics here in conjunction with any social media posts you’re sharing about Fusion.
- As soon as your presentation is confirmed, you can start promoting your session on your own social media channels to increase exposure for your presentation and build interest in your topic(s).
- If you are on Twitter, in addition to tweeting regularly before the event, remember to also tweet during the Fusion On-Demand days to generate excitement and spark conversation about your presentation.
We also want to share your posts, so be sure to tag @D2L and use #D2LFusion
General On-Demand Presentation Guidelines:
Presentation length - shorter is better than longer
- For recorded presentations, you are not confined to the same session lengths as in-person presentations.
- Standard in-person presentations are 40 minutes.
- Work-related videos tend to find their sweet spot in the 15-to-20-minute range.
- You can go longer, but keep in mind that people will tend to check out or drop off if they aren’t highly engaged.
- How you start is important. Hook them right away or you might lose them.
- Suggestion: don’t spend 5 minutes talking about your school/org unless it is highly integrated or important to the presentation.
- Feel free to add some of the “less-important” content at the end of the presentation (if that’s a thing).
- Let them know early what their takeaway will be – what will they learn from you?
- Consider offering resources online (with a URL) or via download links.
- Encourage your audience to share their ideas (and yours) through social media. Consider giving them a hashtag to use in their posts.
- Consider a simulated Q&A. “I bet some of you are wondering about blah, blah, blah. Here’s your answer – blah, blah, blah.”
- Prepare a few questions in advance.
Make it personal (Fusion Theme: This Time It’s Personal)
- Try to speak like you’re talking with a friend, rather than lecturing or performing. Your video will be more engaging and authentic.
- Either use your webcam when recording or include a still photo of yourself on your slides.
- Your attendees want to know who you are. Don’t be a faceless voice (understandable if you’re not comfortable with this).
- Provide contact info and encourage them to reach out with questions or comments (unless that doesn’t work for you or you’re not comfortable with this choice).
- End with a Call to Action – such as sharing what they learned with others.
Presentation slides or other content
- Optional: use the official D2L Fusion PowerPoint Template, linked at the top of this page.
- Consider that your recording will be viewed over the next year or longer. Only give dates if needed.
- Don’t give them a reason to believe that what you’re telling them might now be out-of-date or irrelevant.
- Avoid talking about what day it is or current events, unless critical to the presentation.
- Presentation slides should not look cluttered.
- If you are including video or still photo of yourself in your recording, make sure to plan your slide layouts in a way that provides space for these items, usually in one of the corners of the slide.
- Images are great but only if they add to the learning, not just for show.
- IMO, the Presentation Zen (PZ) approach is great with a live audience, but not so much with a recording.
- PZ is where you use beautiful images and little or no text, and you let your oration be the focus of their attention (hopefully). One criticism of PZ is that sometimes the images have nothing to do with the message in the presentation.
- Make the slides available to your audience. If you don’t, you will likely be asked several times to share them. If you’re not going to share the slides, please state that up front.
- Supply a URL to your slide deck (unless you’ve decided not to share).
- Suggestions: Google Drive, OneDrive, SlideShare, Dropbox, Google Slides, etc.
Making the recording
- Create a script of your narration.
- This can be done in many ways, including voice-to-text using things such as Google Docs, Dragon, your phone with an app such as Evernote or Google Keep, or using the Dictate function in MS Word.
- When presenting, verbally reference what is on the screen and in your deck so that everyone can enjoy your content. There are accessibility concerns that call for the need to verbally share the copy and imagery, and not just reference the fact that it is visually available.
- Some people prefer a script that has major talking points rather than a word-for-word script.
- Providing a word-for-word script (transcript) is good for accessibility reasons, but not for reading during your presentation.
- Make the script available in an easy-to-see place but try to maintain eye contact with your camera as much as possible.
- When it’s time to make the recording, speak clearly, not too slow and not too fast, and SMILE!
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Since it’s a recording, you can continue to perfect your performance.
- We can support most video file formats: .mp4, .mov, .avi, .wmv.
Accessibility of your Recording
To optimize your video presentation for people using assistive technologies, please consider these additional steps:
- Your video should have well-written, well-timed captions.
- This is another advantage of writing a script for your presentation. The script can be used to improve the video captions.
- Please share your presentation slide deck when you share your video.
- Attendees using a screen reader can go through your slide deck to have your content read to them.
- We will make your slide deck available to attendees through your Fusion On-Demand page.
- Pay attention to the words you speak. Try to stay away from things like these:
- “As you can see on the screen”
- “I’ll give you a second to read my slide”
Sending the recording to D2L
- When you are ready to send it in, let Barry know and he will give you instructions for uploading.
- Deadline: Wednesday, June 15.
- Sorry, but we need some time for processing and preparing the On-demand site.
- Barry’s email: [email protected]
Recording Method Options
- PowerPoint recording
- I have done this many times and it generally works very well.
- One advantage is that you can re-record just a single slide without redoing the entire presentation. o Here’s a tutorial from Microsoft
- Google Slides
- You’ll need something like the “Record to Slides” extension o Here’s a YouTube video tutorial on Record to Slides
- Zoom or similar
- Just run a meeting for yourself, share screen with you slides or other presentation materials, and include webcam or not.
- Just a heads up, Zoom videos are not as high quality as many other options.
Webcam Best Practices:
Frame yourself properly
Think of the frame as a setting for a professional headshot. Aim to have from your head to your waist/ribs in the frame, and make sure your camera is pointing directly at eye level. Your camera should be at a 90-degree angle (flat).
Avoid dark spaces and be sure to direct light from the front.
Make sure you have a bright light source and that the light source is not behind you. Cameras focus on the brightest light source, so if you are sitting in front of a window, for example, your camera will focus on the light behind you. Play with different lighting ahead of time—at the same time of day as your presentation—so that you are ready on your event day.
- Tip: Try pointing a lamp at a white wall or ceiling to provide bright and even room lighting.
Have a clean background
Avoid cluttered backgrounds and remove distractions from the frame. Clean spaces are visually appealing and will make you the focus! Try to also avoid wearing shirts with busy patterns.
Use a professional microphone
If necessary, a headset/headphone microphone hidden on your person, or within 2ft but hidden from view of the camera, is better than a laptop mic.
FAQs and Technical Assistance
Visit the attendee FAQs page for help troubleshooting any technical difficulties.