Student Guide for Creating Narrated PowerPoint Presentation Video Assignments

Students can use the instructions below to create a PowerPoint presentation, narrate that presentation, and then export the presentation as a video file. Once exported, the .mp4 file can be uploaded to a Canvas Assignment setup by the instructor using the rich content editor interface. This tutorial also includes optional instructions for group presentations. Your instructor will provide specific assignment details and group work (when appropriate).

If your instructor has asked you to upload your presentation video to a Discussion, rather than an Assignment, please see this article: https://kb.uwm.edu/99954.


(OPTIONAL) Group Narrated PowerPoint Presentations:
If your instructor has assigned the presentation as a group project, please review the specific details provided by your instructor. Here are some general steps that you will perform when creating a group narrated PowerPoint presentation. If directed by your instructor, students will exchange the PowerPoint file with group mates and each group member will record sections of the presentation — 
Based on your instructors directions for the assignment, create the PowerPoint presentation. Once the presentation is created you can begin narrating the slides you have been assigned. 

  1. The first student records slides 1-10 (as an example)
    • You must use the DESKTOP version of the PowerPoint software and not the web version (see details below)
    • You may need to download the PowerPoint file to your computer, if the presentation was shared with you on OneDrive (see details below)
  2. Once finished, the first student emails (or sends a OneDrive link for) the PowerPoint file (with their recorded slides) to the second student
  3. The second student records slide 11-20 (as an example) on the same PowerPoint file and emails (or send a OneDrive link for) the presentation to the next student
    • You may need to download the PowerPoint file to your computer, if the presentation was shared with you on OneDrive (see details below)
    • You must use the DESKTOP version of the PowerPoint software and not the web version (see details below)
  4. After all students have contributed by recording their narration, the last student would export the presentation as an .mp4 movie file and upload it to the Canvas Discussion (using the instructions below)
For more information about sharing a link to your PowerPoint presentation with group members, use the [Send a link in email] option in the "How do you want to share?" section of this tutorial: 
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/share-onedrive-files-and-folders-9fcc2f7d-de0c-4cec-93b0-a82024800c07
  • When completing the "Send Link" section, be sure to select the [Anyone with the link] option and the [Allow editing] option.
  • Enter your group mates ePanther IDs (email address without the @uwm.edu at the end) and click [Send].
  • Group mates will receive an email and can click the [Open] button from within
  • From OneDrive, with the file open, click the [File] tab and select [Download As] to download the PowerPoint file
  • -Or- go to OneDrive and click the [Shared] and then [Shared with me] tabs to locate and download the Powerpoint file

Before students begin:
  • Students must use the DESKTOP version of the PowerPoint software and not the web version
  • The PowerPoint version should be recent. If in doubt, students should download and install PowerPoint for Office 365 using the instruction linked below
  • Students can install the latest version of PowerPoint for free through UWM’s software license: https://uwm.edu/software/office-365-student-advantage/


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Special instructions for uploading narrated presentation assignments

  • Check that the video file size us under 500MB:
There is an upload file size limit of 500MB in the rich content editor in Canvas. In most cases, students should not exceed this limit. However, if your exported video exceeds 500MB, try changing the resolution of the presentation and exporting again. By default, PowerPoint will export a video that is Full HD (1080p) 1920 x 1080. If your video export exceeds 500MB, try exporting at a smaller resolution HD (720p) 1280 x 720, or Standard (480p) 852 x 480.

  • Be patient when uploading:
If your file is large, it will take several minutes to upload the video file. Follow the steps below to ensure that your video uploads successfully.

Step #1: First, the blue progress indicator will move across the bar, which means the file is still uploading.  Don't navigate away during the upload process.

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Step #2: Next, the completed blue progress bar will indicate that the file has been uploaded, but not embedded. Again, don't navigate away during this process.

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Step #3: Finally, the "Upload Media" window will disappear and you'll see a video icon. 

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Step #4: Once you click the "Submit Assignment" button, you'll see a message that your video was "Submitted" with the date. Click the "Submission Details" button in the preview to ensure that the video has uploaded successfully.

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Step #5: Click the "click here to view" button to see the video preview.

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Step #6: Click the "Play" button in the player. If you aren't able to play your video, it has not uploaded successfully. You should "re-submit Assignment" and try to upload again.

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Keywords:Students PowerPoint presentation narrated audio narration export video file .mp4 uploaded upload Canvas Assignment rich content editor group presentations group work   Doc ID:99953
Owner:Amy M.Group:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Created:2020-04-02 10:28 CSTUpdated:2020-05-15 09:01 CST
Sites:UW-Milwaukee Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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