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Presenting: Presentations

Video Presentation Tools

Zoom - Practically ubiquitous at this point, Zoom is a video conferencing software that allows you to easily record presentations to share later.

Panopto - Panopto is a utility within Canvas that can be used to create video presentations that can be easily shared them with classmates and instructors.

Prezi - Prezi offers some really cool interactive options for your presentations, there is a free version of the program--however, to access all of Prezi's features, you do need to purchase a subscription (Student and Educator subscriptions are heavily discounted though!)

EasyPrompter - Teleprompter software to make reading your presentation script appear effortless. There is a free version with many useful functions, but to get the full range of capabilities you will need to purchase a subscription.

How can the Innovation Lab help?

Have any questions or need a hand getting something in your presentation to work? Stop by the Weathertech Innovation Lab, located on the first floor of the Rebecca Crown Library--we're open M-F from 10am to 4pm!

You can also reach us by emailing

A Picture and One Thousand Words

Video presentations are an excellent way to spice up your work--they can create a more engaging experience for your audience by giving them, quite literally, a human face to connect with. But putting yourself in front of a camera to present can be intimidating! Fear not, we've collected various tips and guides here to help you create a video presentation you are confident in and proud of!

Best Practices Tips:

  • No Excess Noise - be sure to silence your phone, turn off the TV, unplug your alarm clock, respectfully ask your pet to keep quiet, and take whatever other steps necessary to ensure you will be able to record with minimal interruptions from unexpected sounds.
  • Speak Up - It's important that you be heard! Be sure that you are enunciating your words clearly and projecting your voice so that it is clearly picked up by your microphone. Consider doing some vocal warmups before you begin your presentation--and make sure you have some water nearby if your throat starts getting dry!
  • Design For Video - If you will be using a visual aid in your presentation, such as a slideshow, make sure that you are leaving space on your designs for where your picture will appear. It doesn't do anyone any good if your wonderfully made slides are obscured by your head!
  • Practice! - No matter how confident you may be feeling, it never hurts to go over everything a time or two before you settle in to present


More Resources:

Rebecca Crown Library's Accessibility Libguide - Tips to ensure your work is accessible to anybody

Critical Reading, Writing, & Speaking Series - Advice on how to collect and vet sources for your presentation

Weathertech Innovation Lab's At Home Recording Libguide - Learn how to record higher quality audio to really liven up your presentations!

How to Look Good on Camera - Great tips to keep your smiling face clearly visible during your video presentation!