Getting Started

This quick guide pulls together a number of concepts and tutorials, and takes you through the general process of using Adobe Presenter.

The Process

  1. Create your slide set – It is recognised that you will likely be using Power Point presentations used and designed for face to face teaching as a basis for your content. Reflect on this and how this will fit into the learning pathway for a particular session.
    Look for natural breaks in content; consider activities while designing a session.
    Students should be capable of engaging in social-constructivist activities as part of their learning.
    Consider what is different from facilitating learning face-to-face, compared to online, at a distance, synchronously and asynchronously.Do you rely on student input at every topic or bullet point? This interaction is best moved to discussion boards or webinars.
  2. Create a folder structure for your working files and published presentations to exist in.
  3. Record the voice over audio for each slide.
  4. View a preview of your presentation to ensure you are happy with the results.
  5. Publish your presentation for Blackboard.
  6. Upload to Blackboard – This is a very important step which should be done in a specific way to make sure that the content is accessible and that you don’t accidentally over write previous presentations.
  7. Link the presentation in Blackboard – Once the presentation is in Blackboard it needs to be linked within a content area so that students can access it.


Before recording

  • Writing a script/cue cards to help make your presentation flow better and become more natural sounding. It also ensures that you don’t miss anything you intended to say.
  • Find a quiet room.
  • If the room has a blind or curtains close them. This reduces the sound reflection from the glass.
  • Practice speaking before recording presentation, allows more confidence and will give you an idea of the length of your presentation.
  • Either stand or sit whilst performing the presentation.
  • Remove any jewellery, ID badges or any other accessories that may make a noise when you are recording.
  • You may also want to use hand gestures to help you explain more elaborately and possibly help you to relax.
  • Check that headphone set is comfortable and the microphone is at a good position to allow a clear tone of voice.
  • Make sure the record audio box is not covering any of the text within the presentation when reading off slides.
  • Do not worry about any stuttering, pausing, or ‘umms’ throughout the duration of the presentation as these can be edited out and may make the presentation seem more natural.
  • You may want to keep a glass of water beside you when pausing during the recording to stay hydrated.
  • Try to make sure each presentation slide has it’s own title.
  • Each recording should kept as short as reasonable possible; 15-20 minutes is a good rule of thumb. Try and avoid exceeding 30 minutes in a single recording.