Voice speed, projection, diction and inflection are more significant in an online learning environment where the voice takes centre stage. Your mind and emotions can also impact your voice. Learn how to combat performance anxiety and use your voice to influence the way students receive the knowledge and information you’re teaching.   

Here we continue the release of videos in the series created for Macquarie teaching staff to provide practical strategies for improving online recordings. This week’s videos provide tips on making all these elements work for you to ensure your recordings can be heard and understood clearly by your students. 

The sudden changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic forced us all to go online whether we were ready or not. This new way of teaching has put many of us unexpectedly in front of the camera with the spotlight shining brightly and the audio recorder on PLAY. The teacher is now a performer too! 

Read more about the video series and how it was created in response to student feedback wanting to see lectures with the camera on the lecturer not just the slides and audio. 

Watch now… 

Portraying confidence and positivity in your voice

Mind and emotions can impact your voice. Learn how to combat performance anxiety and use your voice to influence the way students receive the knowledge and information you’re teaching. 

Practical tips on effective online recording

Voice speed, projection, diction and inflection are more significant in an online learning environment where the voice takes centre stage. Make these elements work for you to ensure your recordings can be heard and understood clearly by your students. 

In case you missed it….

If you missed any of the earlier videos in the series – you can find them here: 

Practical tips for presenting on camera- StandingImprove your online physical presence – be inviting, non-intimidating and yet authoritative and confident. 
Practical tips for presenting on camera- SittingImprove your online physical presence – be inviting, non-intimidating and yet authoritative and confident. 
Practical tips for developing your confidence on cameraThe increase in online teaching may have triggered concerns around recording yourself and how you come across on camera, especially as you can’t see your audience.  Here are some tips on dealing with these nerves. 
Vocal and breathing exercises: Part 1Learn vocal and breathing exercises to warm up your voice so you can record effective online teaching materials and ensure that you don’t damage your most important instrument! 
Vocal and breathing exercises: Part 2More vocal and breathing exercises guided by a professional voice coach.

Still to come in this video series.. 

Look out for the final episodes in the ‘Discover your voice’ module, scheduled for release 9th October via the Teche blog.

  • In Episode 4 of Discover your Voice you will beat the challenge to keep yourself motivated when you don’t have instant feedback and that live connection with your students. 
  • Episode 5 provides techniques to manipulate your voice to convey emotions and engage students when recording audio and video lectures. 

Do your students create video presentations for assessment? 

These videos are available for students too! You could embed the video links in your iLearn unit as a resource for students. For instructions on how to do this, please refer to the iLearn Quick Guides on Embedding Video or Linking Youtube Videos

I really enjoyed the videos and they have given me lots of things to consider when presenting my next round of sessions. Thanks for putting these together.  

Susan Fripp – Research Librarian

About the presenter, Koo Abuali:

Koo Abuali founded FireWire Music in 2006 and has built an accomplished career as a Music Supervisor, Consultant, Public Speaker and Voice Coach.  In 1999 she was granted a US Green Card for “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” and went on to live and work in New York and Los Angeles in the News and Entertainment industry, before returning to Sydney in 2018 to commence her Juris Doctor at Macquarie University. Koo is also a highly sought after speaker/panelist and has been invited to conferences around the world including Midem (Cannes, France), CMJ (NY, USA) SXSW (Austin, USA), Nashville Film Festival (Nashville, USA), Synch Summit (LA, USA), NXNE (Toronto, Canada), Montreal Film Festival (Montreal, Canada), FUSE (Adelaide, Aust), Big Sound (Qld) to speak on music and how to develop effective presentation and negotiating skills. 

Questions can be directed to professional.learning@mq.edu.au 
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