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Training Resources

Getting started

MyWyocast and WyoCourses

Schedulers

For Classroom Technology, Central Scheduling, and partners who are responsible for scheduling events using the department’s recorder(s)

Tips and Tricks

General:

  • Use standard resolution (1024 X 768) when using a laptop.
  • Place the wireless mic on the same side of the body as where the screen is in case you turn towards the slides/content displayed on the screen in the room.

The Presentation:

  • The presenter should be aware of the room and screen orientation when setting up the course template. Meaning, if you are facing the class and the projection screen is on your right, you don't want the video window on the left side of the template. You will be facing the opposite direction of where the PowerPoint/computer graphics display on the Mediasite presentation when viewed online.
  • The microphone should be placed about six to eight inches from the presenter's mouth. A lapel microphone should be attached to the outside of the clothing to avoid excessive noise.
  • Consider your audience when moving around. While movement may improve communications with the audience present in the room, it is not desirable for webcasts.
  • Consider your audience when planning the lighting. The audience in the room may prefer to view presentations with lower lighting. However, remote viewing is better if the presentation is done in bright lighting.
  • Font size on displayed materials should be at least 18 pt. using a sans-serif style font such as Arial. Larger point sizes are better.
  • Displays that have light print on a dark background are preferable for the audience present in the room.
  • Limit bullets to four or five per slide.
  • Pay attention to your mouse/pointer location during the presentation. (The pointer is part of the screen shot relayed to remote viewers, so the pointer could appear to emphasize a word or could cover part of the screen display.)
  • When taking questions from the audience, repeat all questions into the wireless microphone.
  • If a live webcast is accepting questions from remote viewers, at the beginning of the presentation, the presenter should instruct viewers to click the "Ask" button located above the video window to submit questions. Remote viewers should not wait until the very end of the webcast to submit questions. (Once a presenter indicates the presentation is completed, the webcast is stopped, had any questions not yet received are lost.)

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