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#40 - Turn a presentation into an online interactive slide show

Consider the methods available to turn existing static resources into online learning activities.
  • Making more efficient use of face-to-face teaching time.
  • Supporting students' independent study when you are not teaching them face-to-face.
  • Providing fun and engaging activities to build student confidence.

Consider using H5P in Moodle, this tool includes a content type for interactive presentations, called Course Presentation. You can use this to build a series of slides, with images, text, audio and video. You can start from scratch or you can even export slides from PowerPoint or Keynote as images, and build the H5P presentation from them. Quiz questions and other interactive features can be embedded into the slide show. If used within Moodle, students' results from the activity are recorded in the module grade book.
For information about the accessibility of H5P please see here

The Moodle Book allows you to embed activities, videos and links in the separate pages alongside any text and images. This can be a useful way to present bitesize chunks of information broken down into separate pages. The advantage of using this tool is that if you already know how to use Moodle then the editing options are the same. However on it's own the book is a fairly static resource and is lacking in interaction, other than the navigation between pages. To make it interactive you will need to consider creating activities elsewhere and embedding these or linking to these. A popular method is to create separate simple H5P activities in the same Moodle course space and then hide these but make them available. These activities can then be easily embedded in the pages of your book or elsewhere.

Interactive video is another option. Some tools including H5P, Echo 360 and MS Stream allow for some form of interaction such as adding a quick question, form of other interaction embedded in the video. The participant will usually need to complete an action (e.g. answer a question) before moving on. This can be a relatively quick way of adding interaction to an exiting video. It is likely to be more time-consuming if you are starting from scratch.:

A simple solution is to use individual activities and resources in Moodle. You might break your presentation down into a series of steps. For example you could present your introduction by video, audio or text. This could then be followed by an activity, or resource. You can embed H5P and other content in pages too. Further interaction might also come from one of the collaborative tools (e.g. glossary, Wiki) or from a forum task. If appropriate you could test understanding using a Moodle quiz.

  • Think about flipped classroom options. For example, could your material be read, watched, or listened to between or before class leaving more time for active participation and discussion during any synchronous session?
  • Can your resource be turned into a game or simulation?
  • A good design principle for accessibility is to use formats, tools, workflows and layouts that are familiar to the user already.

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  1. Plan your activity by deciding what students should know, understand or be able to do by the end of this active learning experience. Use a suitable learning design process (e.g. ABC learning design) to plan your presentation (aims, objectives, key learning points etc.).
  2. Choose your tool and follow the relevant guides:
    • H5P Interactive Presentation*
    • The Moodle Book and learn how to embed activities
    • Interactive video, choose: Echo 360 / MS Stream / H5P**

      * if you choose H5P you might consider creating your presentation in PowerPoint or Keynote first, as this is easier software in which to design slides, develop and test your content. This is especially useful if you then export these slides as images. You can leave spaces in your slides and presentation for interactive elements, such as quizzes, and for multimedia.

      ** H5P only allows certain video streaming services to be used (e.g. YouTube) otherwise MP4 video must be uploaded
  3. Provide your students with a link to the materials and clear instructions on what to do and when to do it by (if required in advance of your class for example).