Professors have to speak in front of audiences every day, whether in a lecture hall filled with students or speaking to peers and other subject-matter experts to present research results. A PowerPoint presentation is the usual method for such a presentation, as it allows a presenter to simultaneously present relevant facts and frameworks visually, keeping listeners focused. Leaving aside for a moment the other requirements of a good presentation – that it is structured effectively both visually and in terms of content, that the content itself is interestingly and informatively presented, and that the style of the presentation keeps the audience attentive – a presentation must fulfill one goal above all: it must make an impression on listeners such that they remember it later. To achieve that, it's incredibly helpful if each participant receives a copy of a presentation afterwards so that they can look at theses, diagrams, and arguments once again on their own time. A classic handout often does not fulfill this requirement, and it's frequently awkward to send a presentation by email afterwards – after all, these emails are often not even opened, which leaves a lot of missed opportunities for a presentation to reach its target group.
This is where Beamium comes in to help make the process simpler and easier. The web-based presentation tool is very easy to operate – you can upload your presentation on www.beamium.com with only one click. After that a unique ID, which can be passed along to viewers, will be generated for your presentation. With this 8-digit number, each audience member can call up the presentation via www.beamium.com. It's a good idea to communicate beforehand that Beamium will be used, but the tool is also suitable for short-term usage. That way, members of the audience can follow along on their own devices, including smartphones and tablets – a function that's especially useful when professors are presenting in large lecture halls, sometimes completely full ones, where it can be difficult to get a good view of a projection. And it's just as useful for online talks, or for making sure all the students in a distance-learning course are on the same page. And since listeners can recall a presentation at any time, it's a much more convenient way to encourage engagement than handouts. Plus, slides can be exported from a presentation, and notes can be saved and shared – an especially helpful function for university classes when the topic of a lecture is going to come up again. That way you can, for example, jot down assignments or deeper questions.
In addition to the functions named already, Beamium gives professors the chance to save and manage multiple lectures when they register, monitoring them to see which get the most attention. This function helps especially when evaluating lectures and determining which topics raise particular interest. To achieve higher numbers, it's helpful to make sure your public knows it's possible to download slides with Beamium – and that even if they don't do so immediately, they can use the same access ID any time within 14 days of the presentation.
Professors who work with “sensitive” information don't need to worry about Beamium – all presentations can be deleted again at any time from our platform. Moreover, you can choose to allow or not allow the download of the presentation as a PDF. On the other hand, if you want to publish your presentation to a wider audience, you can use the “share” button from Beamium to circulate your presentation simply and effectively over your social networks and reach a larger audience.
All told, Beamium is an uncomplicated solution for professors to optimize their presentations, simplify their work processes, and make their work more accessible to the public.
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