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Adding Audio Narration to PowerPoint Slides

Last updated: March 25, 2020, 5:02 p.m.

Before you begin: Equipment Checklist

You will need the following equipment to run virtual classes online:

  • a desktop or laptop computer
  • A supported version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • a reliable Internet connection
  • a microphone (only for running your class on Zoom)


Teaching Considerations when creating Online Lectures

If your PowerPoint lecture is longer than 20 minutes, you may want to consider breaking it into 15 – 20 minute segments and adding an activity (reflective question(s), discussion questions for students to discuss in groups on a Moodle discussion forum, short activity that prompts students to put the ideas to ‘action’, etc.).

The following workflow guides you through the steps to record audio narration for your PowerPoint slides.

***Important Note about software versioning: This workflow is based on Microsoft PowerPoint version 2016 for WIndows. If you are using a different version or operating system (i.e. Mac) o, please consult the Microsoft PowerPoint Training Page for step-by-step instructions for other versions.

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