How to create Narrated PPTs using Office Mix

Office Mix is a new feature/plugin for Office 2013 offered to all King’s College users for free. It has a set of different features and capabilities which makes it a very interesting learning authoring tool (Read this blog post by James Toner). In this blog post, I will focus on how you can use Office Mix to create Narrated PowerPoints.

Once you have downloaded and installed Office Mix, a new ribbon will be added to your Microsoft PowerPoint installation called MIX (see picture below).

Office Mix PowerPoint ribbon

Office Mix PowerPoint ribbon

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Office Mix

Office Mix is a new feature/plugin for Office 2013, and in particular PowerPoint 2013. For those of you who have used Adobe Presenter, this is essentially a free Microsoft versions with a few extras.

So what does it allow you to do?

Office Mix allows you to turn your PowerPoints into interactive online lessons or presentations. You will need to install an add-in to PowerPoint. Once install Office Mix gives you the ability to record audio, video, and handwriting, and insert interactive elements like quizzes, online videos and web pages. There is also a screen capture tool so you can record anything on your PC.

Once your presentation is ready you upload it to a Microsoft cloud area (Office 365 subscription required which we all have at King’s). From there, just share the link, and your students can watch it on just about any device with a web browser. You can then check student progress online and see who watched the presentation, and how they did on your quizzes.

The screen capture tool is of particular interest, as it demonstrates similar (although much more basic) functionality to ‘Camtasia’, ‘Adobe Captivate’ and ‘Storyline’. The cloud storage is a benefit, as the content is streamed within this environment, so fewer steps to getting content published.

Examples available at the following link  https://mix.office.com/Gallery

Video guide on getting started with Office Mix available at: https://mix.office.com/embed/7o6kt118pguk?play&t=31761.7735&s=0

James Toner
Senior Learning Technologist
Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning

Narrated PowerPoints: Example uses, benefits, help and support

Lately, there has been a significant expression of interest by members of staff at King’s College London in learning how to create narrated PowerPoints and use them for teaching. Actually, some academics have already started using narrated PowerPoints; others have been inspired by colleagues that have been doing this for some time and want to try this out themselves.

For example, you can take a look at my previous blog post Narrated PowerPoints: A TEL case study, in which Dr Barbara Daniels describes her experience with using narrated PowerPoints as pre-class material (flipped classroom). The response from students have been so positive that has motivated a considerable number of academics  from the same department to follow a training session on “How to create narrated PowerPoints”.

Therefore, due to this increasing interest expressed around the college, I thought I would give some examples examples on how you can use a narrated PowerPoint  for teaching, what are benefits from it and what kind of help and support you can get if you want to try this out.

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Narrated PowerPoints: A TEL case study

Dr. Barbara Daniels, Head of MSc in Forensic Science at King’s College London, has shared her experience on creating narrated PowerPoints to help students with their education.

Her aim was to get away from didactic lectures as she thinks that they are boring. To achieve that, she decided to create narrated PowerPoints that students would go through on their own time. This way, she could use the lecture time to have “workshops” as she thinks that this has a higher value in terms of contact time. Continue reading