• Create a title slide that includes your name, title, department and school.
     

  • Make sure your content is readable in the video by setting your font size to at least 20 pts.  That means your smallest text should be at least 20 pts.
     

  • Always give an overview of goals and topics covered in the unit.
    State your expectations for your students and give them a roadmap of content you will cover in the next 7-10 minutes.

  • Key Takeaways - When wrapping up a unit, summarize the main points you have covered. Encapsulate the main idea of the unit and keep it brief and concise.  

Slide Design

Whether you use PowerPoint or another software, many online courses use slides to guide students along the course content.  If you choose this option, please consider the following specs to design your slide layout. We also have a few Do’s and Don'ts for your presentation design.

 

An example slide template is also available for download at the end of this section.

Guidelines

Dos                vs.              Don'ts

Images and Copyright

When adding images to your slides, it's important to make sure your images are not copyrighted.  In this section, we'll go over some ways to find non-copyrighted images.

  • You can find copyright-free images using the Google Images search tools.  Simply select "Tools" under your image search, then "Usage Rights", and finally select "Labeled for Reuse" to find images that are public domain to use in your slides.
     

  • You can also search for images on Wikimedia Commons, which will provide you with all sorts of freely usable media files.

  • There are many other websites that make it easy to search for free images (Pexels, Creative Commons) but between Wikimedia and Google Images you shouldn't have trouble finding free images.​  Just be conscious of where you are getting your images, and make sure to document your sources.

Now you should have a grasp of the basic guidelines for designing your slides.  Let's move on to some best practices for when you are designing your course.

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