If you’re an entrepreneur who is delivering live courses to students within the educational industry, or if you’re working for an educational institution and are responsible for live courses, then naturally, you’ll always want it to be a success. A presentation should always be engaging and effective, but when it comes to educating and holding the attention of a student — as well as ensuring that they can understand all information provide — it’s that much more important to focus on attention to detail.
You don’t need to feel overwhelmed about delivering a successful live course presentation with these tips.
Understand Why Your Audience is There
This may be a simple point, as naturally students who have opted to learn from your live course are there to learn based on the specific topic. However, taking the time to learn more about your audience, the type of students who are attending your live course, and what they’re hoping to gain from your course will set you up in a better way to deliver a presentation that adheres to that.
Use Dependable Tools
Whether you’re providing a live course in-person, in a lecture hall and having it filmed and recorded, whether you’re providing purely an audio file or whether you’re setting up a remote live course that students tune into online, you still need to make sure every tool you use is dependable. Especially if you are providing the course over the internet, this means reliable technology.
- Make sure your connection is fast and dependable
- Make sure your camera quality is clear
- Make sure your microphone is clear
- Ensure any other technology you’re using to support your presentation is reliable
Consider Real-Time Captioning and Transcription
Live educational courses are going to require a large amount of note-taking and a large amount of information. Anything you can do to improve this is going to be a positive for the success of your presentation, and also to help your students take in all information needed.
By using real time transcription, you’re providing real-time assistance and accuracy with the information you’re providing. You’re making it so much easier for students to keep and share information from your course, but also, you’re making sure that accessibility needs are being met.
It’s also always helpful to be able to transfer an audio or video file into a full transcript for use after the event.
Choose Your Pacing Carefully
This is vital if you’re providing a live remote course, as those students watching from their home can easily decide to mute, let their attention wander, or start doing something else. There is a risk of this happening if your pacing is off or if you’re providing an overload of information that is difficult to follow. Or, it may even be that your content isn’t engaging enough coupled with bad pacing.
Make sure your presentation is engaging at a very comfortable pace. You can even include opportunities for short breaks if it’s a long course, and you think these would help to retain attention.