The Benefits of Sharing Class Lecture Slides with Students

How to share lecture notes with students and make presentations accessible online

Anyone who went to university in the 21st century knows: class presentations are digital. No discussion. And why shouldn’t they? Using innovative presentation formats for lectures is handy: they can be perfectly prepared, adjusted and reused. Plus every university student loves the concept of having their prof’s PowerPoint as study material before the next exam. By enabling students to access lecture notes, professors ensure that the best possible preparation material is available to their students. And why shouldn't you want your students to be perfectly prepared for the exam? If it only weren’t so complicated to get the slides…

Digital Presentations are the new norm at every university

Everyone knows how to create lecture slides, many have great talent holding them, but most still struggle to distribute them in an easy way. For university professors, sharing a presentation with students is a complicated topic: So far, there were only few options - distributing them before or after their lectures, in print or digitally. But all of them have the same problem. It includes effort for the teacher and his team to share the slides, and it takes time until the students get access to them. For various reasons, it makes sense to enable access to lecture notes immediately at the end of the session. Nowadays, more and more students work part-time during their studies and therefore wants to use the time after the session to repeat the materials before going to work again.

Forget about printed handouts

In the past, you maybe used printed handouts. Hopefully that's already some years ago. Printed handouts are definitely outdated and should not be used for sharing lecture notes anymore. Here are four simple reasons why:

  1. Many students lose their copy during or right after your class,
  2. or they store it and never look at it again. Apart from that,
  3. printing is way too expensive and
  4. using paper harms the environment!

If somebody really wants to print your slides for making notes on them or something similar (which can be done online anyways much better) - let them print it out. But most of your students prefer digital, innovative slides. There is no need to fear that somebody uses your slides again. Simply convert them to a PDF and nobody will be able to adapt them. If you put your name in one of the slides' corners, nobody will be able to misuse them. So let’s just forget about that part and move to the real question:

Share your class presentation before or after the class session?

The before crowd:

They’re usually the best students in your class, hardworking and attentive. And they keep asking you to provide the presentation before your lecture because they want to have your class presentation slides during the session and read through them while they take notes. But.. there’s also the cheaters, those students that check out the answer slides before you even ask the question. They’re the reason you should not simply give out presentation slides beforehand. Of course, it better enables some students to prepare. But it also minimizes the need of attending your lecture and will result in bored students which already know what you are taking about. In most cases, slides should not be shared prior to the lecture.

The after group:

Literally every university student aiming to pass your class will want to have a look at your presentation again. But email lists simply don’t do the job, nor do online campus applications: there will always be the one exchange student who isn’t on the list, then there’s file size and type requirements that don’t match your presentation... The same is true for only platforms. It's annoying to wait until your assistant finally put the slides online. And again, the exchange students have no idea how to use the weird platform your university decided to use. In addition, it takes a lot of time until the slides finally got online and your students find them. But no worries, there’s a better way!

We added the “during class” option!

Every professor's nightmare to distribute presentations has a new solution. Beamium allows every professor to share class presentations slide by slide live to students’ devices. Alternatively, the access to the slide can be shared at the end of the session. Uploaded with one click, professors broadcast their class presentation slide by slide to students in real time. If they’re already on their phones and notebooks, let them use these devices for a good reason! Preventing them to see what you have not yet presented, students can't see the slides which you have not yet presented. You have a better presentation flow, and they enjoy the optimal learning experience every university can dream of! In addition, optional features such as live comments, likes or digital Q&As make your sessions more interactive. But as mentioned, these features are only optional. If you just want to effectively share your slides - there is no need to change the way you present.

Beamium simply represents an easy-to-use platform for sharing documents effectively with your students. Immediately, during or at least at the end of your session. Once class has finished, your presentation remains accessible to your students online as long as you want. If you choose so, the slides can also be downloaded as a PDF by them. Automatically, with no more action needed. For those students who did not attend the lesson - there are two ways to let them participate. First, you could simply share the access link to the presentation via the university's platform. Or, you could even present your slides online during the lecture and let them participate from wherever they are. There are many reasons why your students should come to class. But if they miss one of them, you should enable them to get access to the lecture material as soon as possible.

The easiest way to share your class presentation with students!

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