This article provides very useful tips for adapting PowerPoint lecture slides for online delivery. The following points are particularly useful for synchronous, or live, lectures. Information should be:
- As concise as possible
- Organized logically (no skipping around)
- Relevant to the important concepts you’re trying to convey (as opposed to spending equal time on minor points or details)
- Rich with stories, personal examples, and/or examples that clarify and amplify the important concepts
- Primarily visual (very little text presented on any screen)
- Broken down into separate 2-7 minute recordings, each based around a single concept.
I’ve conducted synchronous classes using “standard” PowerPoint slides, but have never been happy with the results, as I sound very much like a talking head. I’m integrating many of the ideas in this article to create a more dynamic synchronous experience. I will provide a full set of slides for students to peruse, but will use a separate, visually-based set for the synchronous sessions, with greater emphasis on student input.