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Week 8: Online Multi‐Media Presentations

Learning Objective

Students can blend the elements of their findings to create a plausible solution for the NGO project and demonstrate these findings in their final blog and in final multi‐media presentation/video.

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Alex Eylar:

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by Alex Eylar:


The general purpose of a presentation is to “inform” and to encourage “action”. During a presentation the audience constantly asks itself: what is this? Where is it going? And, how will it help me? These questions must be answered clearly and simply by the presentation.

Multi‐media or audio‐visual presentations can inform the audience faster and often more convincingly than a written or spoken narrative. This week we will explore what criteria should be taken into consideration in composing of an audiovisual presentation. What tools and techniques can be used to create a multimedia presentation?

Videos are widely and easily shared online. An online presentation can be viewed by internet users all over the world while you, as the creator, are absent. Therefore, the presentation should communicate your knowledge on the topic and communicate your message. It represents your team!

Typically a multimedia presentation contains at least one of the following elements: Video, Animation, Sound (this could be a voice‐over, background music), and Navigation Structure. When the presentation is considered to be online, then it is computer based and can contain interactive experience that incorporates text, graphics, and even virtual reality.

Below is an example created by one of the project teams from 2012

See more videos from the the 2012 class.

Monday Classroom Activity

  • Be prepared to plan your work and share your team agenda with your tutor about your final preparations for your video/presentation
  • Instead of the first breakout hour, we will have a production workshop. The outline is below.
  • In the second breakout hour, focus on your video production plan using what you have learned.
  • Be prepared as two students will be asked to summarize the day’s work during the Hangout
  • Be prepared to help take collaborative notes and engage in the Hangout (our last one!)

Teamwork Activity:

Production Workshop Outline

  1. Strategies to compose the presentation (narratives, finalizing the storyboards, the thumb rules) and
  2. Techniques and introduction to some softwares + photo/video studio.
  3. Criteria for evaluating presentations


Evaluation criteria (3 minutes)

  • the sequence of information should be logical
  • clear storyline: problem, purpose and advice
  • citations: tools, acknowledgements, credentials, resources (creative comments)
  • originality
  • reflection on the topics of per week

Production (7 minutes)

  • pre-production: what needs to be done?
  • audio: tips + introduction to Garageband
  • visual: tips
  • verbal: text and image (example will be shown)
  • diagrams: where to use it?
  • narratives

Techniques (15 minutes)

  • the big picture
  • the reminder
  • 3,30 thumb rule
  • prezi+ishowu+imovie
  • png sequence
  • hand drawing+moviemaker/imovie
  • extensions and formats
  • online tools
  • transactions: different types+tips

Tools (15 minutes)

  • iMovie: quick intro
  • windows movie maker: quick intro
  • screen capture: ishowu
  • adobe premiere: quick intro
  • adobe after effect: useful tools in after effects + example

Workshop: storyboard, timing, task division, technique and strategy (20 minutes)

  • templates will be handed out and you will set your strategy based on a sequence of steps

Second Hour: Planning

Now is the time to prepare you video presentation. It must be under 5 minutes long (as part of your overall presentation no longer than 9,5 minutes) and ready for presentation during Week 9.

To make an online multimedia presentation you need to make a well‐defined plan that enables you to translate your storyboard into a final product. It should include what needs to be done, who will do it and by when. It should include clarity of what tools you need to complete your video. We recommend you create a production schedule so everyone knows what is happening.

In converting your storyboard into reality, consider your key message(s) and how you will communicate it (them). Your presentation should have:

  • a clear navigation scheme (the order of what you present and how it links together across the video),
  • a coherent narration,
  • an organized content design,
  • originality,
  • clear justification of your conclusions,
  • potential interactivity, and
  • an appropriate graphical design.

Make sure in you appropriately reference your data and resources in the credits, as a link to a supporting document or other creative means. Make sure you have obtained appropriate permissions for any external images or resources you use. Include the permission information in the credits.

Discuss these factors with your group and make decisions. Get final sign off from your tutor before you go into production. Then you can move into production of your video.

Hangout: To Be Determined

Personal Blog Reflection: Final Prompt

Your post by midnight on Tuesday night, comments by midnight on Friday.

Through your research, what is the one most important thing have you learned about using online communities and networks in innovative design? Considering all you have learned and experienced through our classroom time and your work for your clients, what are your design principles for designing and fostering online communities or networks? Don’t know what design principles are? Here are a few examples in the design world (your challenge will be to adapt them to online communities and networks!):

We are at the end of Project Community. What would you tell next year’s class about the course? What are your tips for getting the most out of it? How will it be valuable as you continue your path through the IDE program?

  • Nancy White { I appreciate that you included client liaison - I think this is often forgotten. Good catch. What advice would you give next year's students please?... } – Dec 18, 5:53 AM
  • Nancy White { Fun visuals! And right to the point. I think you are practicing your design principles! 🙂 Thanks for being part of Project Community Nancy } – Dec 18, 5:52 AM
  • Nancy White { I loved this piece of advice "Nobody will spoon-feed you the content of the course, you have to make your own experiences but you get... } – Dec 18, 5:51 AM
  • Nancy White { I love that you used your own photo! But more important, I appreciate the clarity of your description of what you have learned. WONDERFUL! Thanks... } – Dec 18, 5:49 AM
  • Nancy White { OK, your tips are the most practical ones I've read so far. WONDERFUL. Thanks, Fer. Thanks for being part of Project Community Nancy } – Dec 18, 5:46 AM
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