Creating a PowerPoint Presentation with Narration

One way of recording a voiceover to a presentation is to use the recording function in PowerPoint. To get started, all you need is a microphone, preferably in the form of a headset with a USB connection for the best results.

How to record

This is where it gets tricky to explain exactly what you need to do, as there are so many versions of PowerPoint in use at UWE and elsewhere.

The exact steps you need to take vary, however usually the options for recording can be found under the ‘slideshow’ tab. It is possible to narrate to individual slides if your presentation is long or you just want to add some additional voiceover to some slides, or to record to a whole presentation at once in one take. One thing to keep in mind if you are recording an entire presentation at once, is to stop speaking when you change slides, as there is a slight pause in the audio as the slide changes.

If you would like more information about how to do this, there are many helpful videos on Lynda.com. However it is really important to be clear on which version of PowerPoint you are using before you start searching, as what is available for each version and where you find certain functions vary from version to version.

To find the version of PowerPoint simply look the programme up in the menu on your device. In Windows 10 it may look something like this:

Windows 10 tiles

How do I share with students

The recording will produce a normal PowerPoint file, which can be shared with students on Blackboard. It is also possible to export the file to an .mp4 version of the presentation, which plays like a video. This could then be set up in Blackboard using the Mashup settings after importing the video to Kaltura.

More advanced use

If you wish to take it further, it is also possible to do a screen recording, for example a demo of another piece of software or how to use a database, or insert a video from another source.

Although many versions of PowerPoint are capable of doing even more, it is worth considering whether you should be using Panopto or Kaltura for this purpose.

Should you have any questions about this, feel free to contact the Learning Innovation Unit for a quick discussion to determine the best way forward.

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