Narrated Presentations Overview

Narrated Presentations are one of the most common types of instructional media we produce at UW Extended Campus. While this form of media is not unique to UW Extended Campus, our approach and delivery system are. Our process and technology have been refined over many years and courses, and have been thoughtfully designed to maximize the student learning experience, while keeping the development process straightforward for faculty.

Defining Narrated Presentations

Narrated presentations are ubiquitous across continuing education. You might be more familiar with terms such as:

  • “PowerPoint presentation”
  • “video lecture”
  • “slide deck”
  • “slideshow”

Their prevalence is also matched by the diversity in design and development approaches, and delivery systems. Therefore, it’s fair to say that the term “Narrated Presentation” will evoke different meanings and interpretations depending on your personal background.

We acknowledge and appreciate these varied experiences. However, just like in any collaborative effort, it is important to come to one shared understanding in order to effectively achieve success. At UW Extended Campus, we define a “narrated presentation” as “A guided multimedia presentation whose structure and content are mapped out in PowerPoint and delivered via our proprietary multimedia player, the Storybook player.” Let’s unpack and break down this statement by walking through the development process and the Storybook player.

The Storybook Player

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Main interface of the Storybook player

Let’s begin with the Storybook player. The Storybook player is a comprehensive multimedia player produced here at UW Extended Campus. There are several key differentiating features that make it a superior presentation delivery tool.

1. Media Type Agnostic
First, the player is media type agnostic. This means it is extremely flexible in that it supports a multitude of different media types, including slides with and without audio narration, Kaltura/YouTube/Vimeo videos, screencast recordings, basic animations, self-assessment quizzes, and HTML content.

2. Accessibility
Second, the player and its production process provide an accessible experience for students. The interface of Storybook is built with web standards that allow it to work across a variety of platforms on computers, phones, and tablets. This includes working with screen reader software used by blind and low vision users. The player can also be completely controlled from a keyboard. We also produce transcripts of each presentation that can be directly downloaded from the player’s interface.

3. Ease of Updating
Third, the player’s backend packing and hosting make updating content during revisions simple. Under the hood of each presentation, the Storybook player bakes together individual files and references to produce the completed presentation. This allows for small, precise updates without the need to redo an entire presentation. In addition, each presentation is hosted separately from the LMS and then embedded onto course pages.

The Process

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The process first starts with you, the faculty. You’ll map out and build your presentation content in PowerPoint. You are not responsible for any aesthetic considerations such as font choice, graphic design, and formatting. You as the faculty only need to focus on instructional content, presentation structure, and presentation outcomes.If needed, you will also be provided with a microphone headset for audio recording. All of this is covered in more detail in additional resource pages.

Once finished, you’ll deliver your PowerPoint file and it will be reviewed by your instructional designer and an editor. During this review process, our team will consider things such as objective alignment, cognitive overload, spelling, grammer, and more. You may receive actionable feedback during this stage.

Next, the media team receives your PowerPoint file from instructional design and we begin our design process. We will apply a custom visual theme to your presentation, format each slide, redraw graphics, add new graphics, add basic animations when applicable, transfer your presentation into our Storybook player and more.

Finally, your finished formatted presentation is embedded into the course for you by instructional design, and, soon after, a downloadable transcript is made available.



Published on March 12, 2020 at 9:20:24 pm CDT. Last modified on March 14, 2020 at 10:18:50 am CDT.