Presenting In Online Rooms

Should your instructor require you to give a presentation to the class using online rooms they will provide you with “Presenter Status” during the session, this will allow you to access the presenter tools available in Online Rooms including uploading your presentation to the whiteboard and using the whiteboard annotation tool.

Upload Presentations

To add a file to use in the whiteboard, click the Actions button (plus icon) found in the bottom left corner. Next, select Upload a presentation.

You can drag a file into the uploading window or browse for files. Allowed file types: doc, docx, xls, xlsx, pdf, txt, rtf, jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, html, htm, zip. Max file size: 100MB.

For best results, please save your file as a .pdf. Not only will a .pdf files upload quicker, but also they reduce the chance for error if the file size is large, or if you have inserted a number of media items like images into your presentation!

Uploaded files will appear together in a list. The last file uploaded will display in the presentation space automatically.

Tips for Presenting Online

Planning your presentation 

  • Presenting online requires preparation of slides, interactive components and talking points. 
  • Be intentional! Ensure you and your audience know the purpose of the presentation.  
  • Don’t forgot the anecdotes. Include examples, stories and details just like you would in an in-person presentation.  
  • Try not to overwhelm your audience; keep slides simple and present information visually when possible.  

Presenting online 

  • Practice your presentation! Try simulating your presentation as if you were delivering it. Ensure that your equipment works, contact our Support Centre if you have questions.
  • Prepare your technology in advance and give yourself extra time to troubleshoot. 
  • Inform anyone who might interrupt your presentation that you are recording; this includes turning off your phone or computer notifications. 
  • Know your audience and keep them engaged: consider what activities or discussions can take place in an online forum (polls).
  • Find out if you can send out information or handouts to your audience to have while you present. A handout can reduce the amount of text needed on slides or offer a way to complete an activity, but keep in mind that it may distract your audience from your presentation.
    • If you are using Online Rooms, your instructor can send handouts via the public chat, you should contact your instructor in advance to co-ordinate this.
  • If you are using the webcam feature of Online Rooms, consider how you will look on camera: look directly into the camera, stand up to improve breathing and focus, determine what your audience can see and ensure it’s appropriate and not distracting. 
  • Consider the following for audio-only presentations: ensure what you are saying matches your audience’s view, and limit cursor motion to prevent distracting your audience. You could include a picture of the presenter so your audience can visualize you.