Training material created in Microsoft PowerPoint can be easily turned into a virtual training or online eLearning tool, using the interactive features and multimedia effects built into the latest versions of PowerPoint. In fact, the new video broadcast feature in PowerPoint 2010 makes it easier to host virtual training sessions live on the Web and even share it with those who do not have PowerPoint. In some cases, presenters can also set up a conference call alongside their broadcast presentation if they wish to talk while presenting online PPT training to a group.
However, simply converting PPT into an online training tool will not make it effective. A little creativity goes a long way in designing the online version and to may it look different from a basic PPT. While designing a PowerPoint presentation that will be eventually used to deliver online training, the following points have to be kept in mind:
- Do not stick to the default PowerPoint template. Instead use professionally designed and aesthetically appealing PowerPoint templates that can be downloaded from the web at a nominal price.
- Stay away from too many bullet point lists. Instead use relevant images or diagrams to visually represent information.
- Divide information into chunks. Though the presentation may comprise of 50 slides, the trick lies in making the audience think there is just a single screen with plenty of hidden information.
- Make the PPT interactive. Add hyperlinks to let the audience click and move from one slide to another. Also use triggers to activate animations.