How to make the best videoconference presentation to a large audience?
March 5, 2014 1:22 PM Subscribe
I am delivering a PowerPoint presentation on my scientific research to undergraduates by videoconference. What special considerations should I make for the videoconference medium? Specifically, when should I switch between displaying the slides and video of my face?
posted by grouse to Education (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The undergrads are at a university in another country, and are probably highly proficient but not native English speakers. They will be watching the presentation on a big screen in an auditorium. I will be able to see the screen and the backs of the heads of some of the people in the audience. We tested the connection earlier and I wasn't able to hear people in the auditorium well. I hope this is fixed but in general it looks like I won't be getting much feedback from the audience during the talk, audio or video. I have set up a Talker chat room so that people can send me questions or comments in the middle of the talk.
We are using an H.323 system to connect. I can control the video they will be able to see: either my talking head (I will be sitting down at a table), or the slides. Unfortunately I can't display both. When should I switch from the slides to showing me? Just at the beginnings and ends of the talk? When I move to new section in the middle of the talk? When I find myself talking about a slide for a while?
I am an experienced presenter, both in person and in teleconferences where I have sent people slides in advance and talk over them. But I've never quite presented something like this—do you have any special tips for this medium?