While video displays with colorful slides are no substitute for a dynamic, engaging lecture, presentation tools can help you quickly create, edit, archive, and disseminate presentations. With the proper classroom setup you can incorporate high resolution images, sounds, or video, and link your presentation to materials on the Web.
Options for enhancing presentations are suggested below.
Multimedia Through a Web Site
Posting your presentation on your Web Site allows students to review important course concepts on their own. You can integrate sounds, images and simulations to your presentation and provide your students with different perspectives to course concepts. There are numerous ways to go about creating a Web Site. The Catalyst Web Site offers step-by-step instructions for using a variety of Web page editors.
Pictures can convey ideas more easily than verbal descriptions, and students today are increasingly visual learners. You can illustrate your course content with diagrams, photos, maps, or a variety of other visual resources. You can find thousands of pictures by accessing the image collections of the UW Libraries. By posting visual resources on your course Web site you allow your students to access them 24 hours a day, so they can review them at their convenience.
Using sounds in your lectures can also enhance your students' learning. You might want your students to listen to native speakers of a foreign language, for example. By posting your sound files on the Web, your students will have easy access to this material.
MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
MERLOT is an online educational portal that contains links to thousands of online learning materials created by college faculty in all subject areas. All material is peer-reviewed. You can easily find the material you need to enhance your multimedia presentations.