4 Steps for Creating an Online Presentation

Krage.Val headshot-ASCCreating and sharing a presentation in an online environment is a new experience for many students. When I was first given this kind of assignment, I found it helpful to remember that, in some ways, the fundamental components are the same as presenting in person, and follow the guidelines below:

  • Keep your visuals simple
  • Be clear and concise
  • Speak clearly
  • Capture your audience’s attention (Daum, 2014).

While there are many similarities between recorded and in-person presentations, it can still feel a bit overwhelming when you first approach this kind of assignment. However, there are some specific steps to take when asked to record and share your presentation in an online classroom. Below are some steps to make this kind of assignment more manageable.

4 Steps for Creating an Online Presentation:

  1. Prepare the Presentation. In many cases you will create your presentation using a familiar tool, such as PowerPoint. When creating your visuals, remember that too many graphics may overwhelm or confuse your audience, so use only enough to provide an example or make your point. Slides should enhance your presentation; the bulk of your content will be in your narrative. Do not put what you will say word-for-word on your slides. (If you do not currently have PowerPoint, you can download and install PowerPoint for free as part of Office 2016.)
  2. PracticeMicrophone over the Abstract blurred photo of conference hall or seminar room with attendee backgroundOnce you have your presentation prepared, you will need to practice your presentation. Take some time to run through your presentation from start to finish to make sure it flows and meets any requirements related to length. Rehearsing will also allow you to become more comfortable with your presentation so you will sound more natural during your recording.
  3. Record. Once you have rehearsed and are comfortable with your presentation, you will need to find a quiet place for your recording and decide what you will use to record your presentation. There are many tools for doing so, such as Screencast-O-Matic and Jing, which are free and easy-to-use tools for recording your presentation in a video format that is then ready to share in your classroom.
  4. Share Your Video. If you are asked to provide a link to your recording, you can upload your video to YouTube or Screencast. Using one of these tools will make it easy to share your recorded video with your instructor and peers by providing a link.

Once you have followed the steps above and have your video recorded using the program of your choice, share it in your classroom, and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done!


Daum, K. (2014). 10 tips for giving great online presentations. Retrieved from https://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/10-tips-for-giving-great-online-presentations.html

Additional Resources

For more information, review the following resources:

Individual tutoring for Microsoft Office is available for free in the ASC to Walden University students.

Val Krage is a doctoral student and Doctoral Peer Mentor Alumni who is currently writing her dissertation on parent involvement in education. She credits her very supporting colleagues at Viterbo University for coaching her through her first months as a doctoral student.

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