There are a lot of different ways that you can create presentations for your Thinkific course. The best option for you will really depend on what you're looking for in terms of student experience.
To help you decide, below we've included an overview of the main options...
1. Presentation lesson type
Thinkific has its own, built-in presentation creator that allows you to upload your Powerpoint and Keynote slides as a PDF file and then record audio over each slide.
In the course player one slide will be displayed to the student at a time with the audio auto-playing, and they can hit 'Next Slide' to navigate through the presentation (example here).
More information on the presentation lesson type can be found here.
2. Screen recording software
You can also create video presentations by recording your screen with the slides on it and your audio at the same time.
The difference with this in terms of student experience is that the student can simply watch your presentation as a video without needing to click through the slides, and any animations, etc. that you've added to your presentation will be in tact as opposed to the static slides of the presentation lesson type.
There are some excellent screen recording softwares out there that allow you to create and edit professional quality videos - e.g. check out Screenflow (Mac only) and Camtasia. There are also some free softwares for this too - e.g. did you know that Quicktime (which comes pre-installed on most Macs) includes screen recording functionality?
3. Interactive content
If you've created an interactive presentation that includes buttons, animations, quizzes, etc. then, provided that you have it hosted somewhere online, it can be included in your course using the multimedia lesson type.
Examples of this kind of content that we have customers on Thinkific using include lessons created on Adobe Captivate, Articulate Storyline, iSpring, Prezi, and more!
If you don't already have your content hosted online then we are able to host any content available in HTML5 format as part of the Business plan and above.
Got another kind of presentation content, and you'd like to know how it would work on Thinkific? Simply leave us a comment below :)
Bringing this thread back to life... will there ever be an option for the 1. powerpoint presentation lesson type, with the ability to upload the presentation as Keynote or PPT file, so that animations are not lost, and still giving the student the ability to click through the lessons? Thanks!
Here, for what it's worth, is my process for creating a voice-over ontop of a powerpoint or Keynote presentation that you already have. Best way is to record the audio and video streams separately and then combine them together: Otherwise you'll spend ages and ages getting the two to align:
1) create your ppt or keynote presentation.
2) use your favourite audio programme to record the voice-over as you look at your slides
3) playback the audio as you record the video (both PPT and Keyonte allow you to record a slideshow, just turn the audio off)
4) pull both into a video-editing package such as Camtasia
5) overlay the audio and video. If you did a good job, there'll be little editing to do apart from maybe a fade-in & fade-out to the video
I guess I could do it for you for a fee :))
Thanks for the feedback. I will pass this on to our product team. Currently, we don't have any immediate plans to make changes to our presentation lesson but we can definitely consider them for future updates. You can take a look at this article on how we develop new features: https://www.thinkific.com/resources/build-features-thinkific/
Thanks Catherine for the reply. I'm getting a clearer picture now of what my available options are. Stripe is not available in my part of the world, and it's either I consider an upgrade to be able to use PayPal, or if still on the starter plan, to consider other arrangements outside Thinkific and manually enroll students. The starter plan is feature-rich in itself, except for the Stripe limitation in my country. I also noticed that in the Starter plan, the only option available in the Pricing menu is for a Free course. Is this a limitation also in the Starter plan? If I were able to arrange any other payment scheme, how would Thinkific implement the 10% transaction fee? And finally, will the course be labeled as such (Free) when it is finally published? I ask because I might have a lot of explaning to do if I arrange payment for something posted as free. Thank you for your patience in answering these questions.
I'm going to send you an email about this. We'll get the best solution figured out for you.
Hi, Just starting out here.
I have videos that I created in Office Mix and I want to use Office Mix for my video lessons.
What are my options?
You can export the Office Mix presentation into a video file and then upload this into a video lesson. Another option would be to use the share option to get the embed code. Then select and copy the src url into a Multimedia lesson.
Thanks Oliver. I will try it out.
If you're using our presentation lesson builder, then there is a limit of 20 slides per presentation at this point in time. In general, it's best practice to keep your lessons fairly short (i.e. 5-7 minutes), so if you have a presentation that's longer I'd recommend splitting it out by topic.
Happy to help if you have any further questions at all!
I have a PowerPoint presentation with a recorded voice over. When a student clicks on it, the slides progress automatically along with hearing my voice. I don't see how to upload that to be a lesson. Is there a way?
You can export your powerpoint presentation as a video. Then upload this video into your Thinkific course. Another option is to convert the powerpoint file into pdf and upload it into a presentation lesson. You would have to re-record the audio again if you decide to go through this option.
Will the URL of the multimedia content hosted elsewhere be visible to the student? If it is,can this not be shared with others not enrolled in the course, unless we configure another way at the other site of restricting the content only to Thinkific-enrolled students. Please advise. Thanks.