Whether you are presenting live via Zoom or prerecording lectures or other learning activities, this series of short videos can help you portray confidence and make your recordings and presentations more effective and engaging. And the good news is – they only take around 5 minutes!

This video series is designed to support Macquarie teaching staff by providing practical strategies to develop skills for presenting online to a student audience. The presenter, Koo Abuali, is an experienced voice coach and presenter (as well as a Macquarie University Juris Doctor student) and each episode has been carefully crafted to be relevant for Macquarie teaching staff needing to create online audio or video material, such as lecture recordings, or present their material online via Zoom.

This video series was created in response to student feedback

I would very much like to see lectures with the camera on the lecturer not just the slides and audio.

Last year, our students were surveyed to gauge how they were managing with the transition to learning online, to find out what the University was doing well and where improvements could be made. These videos were developed in response to this student feedback.

Discover your voice …

and project an engaging online presence

Each of these videos takes around 5 minutes and you can do just one, or a few, and do them in any order.

Module 1 – is all about how you use your Voice!

Episode 1
Part 1  
Introduction and Warm up exercises
You may not have had a vocal lesson before but these exercises will warm up your voice so you can record effective online teaching materials.
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Episode 1
Part 2  
Introduction and Warm up exercises Part 2
When your voice is relaxed, you’ll be both more confident and more effective in your delivery of online teaching. Learn vocal and breathing exercises to make sure that you don’t damage your most important instrument! 
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Episode 2 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. 
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Episode 3Practical 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.
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Episode 4Is anyone listening?
Are your virtual students listening? Beat the challenge to keep yourself motivated when you don’t have instant feedback and that live connection with your students.
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Episode 5When you’re smiling
Engage your online students with a smile. Techniques to manipulate your voice to convey emotions and engage students when recording audio and video lectures.
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Module 2 – is all about how to present your best self online!

Episode 1  Practical tips for presenting on camera- Standing
Improve your online physical presence – be inviting, non-intimidating and yet authoritative and confident.
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Episode 2 Practical tips for presenting on camera- Sitting
Overcome the difficulties in generating an energetic delivery of a lesson while seated at your laptop with these practical tips for engaging your audience in live tutorial ZOOM sessions.
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Episode 3Practical tips for developing your confidence on camera
The 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.
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Do your students create video presentations for assessment?

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

Zoom for Teaching – a new self-paced workshop

Learn how to set up and work with – and in – Zoom for learning and teaching: practical tips and techniques, using basic Zoom functions, recommended set-up options, tweaking default options and how to make your Zoom teaching sessions more interactive and engaging.

Access Zoom for Teaching via iLearn

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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.

Queries? Please contact professional.learning@mq.edu.au

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The Learning and Teaching Staff Development team works with staff across the University to ensure they are supported to facilitate quality learning for students. This includes offering professional development, contributing to curriculum and assessment design, recognising and rewarding good practice, supporting peer review of teaching, and leading scholarly reflection. Email professional.learning@mq.edu.au with questions or requests.

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