Office Mix is a powerful, free add-on for Powerpoint that allows you to turn your presentations into interactive online lessons. If you have never created instructional videos or recorded a screencast, Office Mix is really the easiest way to start, with little to no learning curve if you have already used Powerpoint.
When you install Office Mix, you can record audio, video, and annotations directly into your Powerpoint presentation. Recordings are created separately on each slide, which has big advantages over traditional video recording methods. First, if you mess up on a recording, you can just delete it from that particular slide without effecting any of your other slide recordings. Second, if you have already created a Mix but want to come back later and add, remove, or re-record a slide, you don’t have to redo the whole presentation. Finally, when you publish your Mix to the web, it automatically generates a table of contents so that your students can easily navigate to specific sections of your presentation.
Other benefits to Mix are the ability to insert quiz and poll questions to help students practice retrieval. You can view analytics on your Mixes to see who is watching and how long students are spending on particular slides, data that can help you improve your teaching the next time the course is offered. Also, because your Mixes are hosted on Microsoft servers, you don’t have to worry about where to store them online. About the only drawback I can see to Office Mix is that it is not available for Mac users at this time.
To get started, we’ve put together a few resources on our Knowledgebase to help you download, install, and begin creating your first Mix:
We also recommend the website and knowledgebase at www.mixforteachers.com. Let us know if you have any questions and feel free to share any Mixes you have made!