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Oral communication: On-line classroom version - preparations

PLEASE NOTE: on the first day of the course, you will give a 5-minute presentation! 

Read the instructions in the box on the right. 

Good to know:



Where do we meet?

The zoom room link is included in the welcome letter.

Please prepare ahead of time:

Use your LUCAT-credentials to login at https://lu-se.zoom.us and activate your account. Also make sure you have logged in with your LUCAT-credentials (SSO) in the Zoom app.

Download or update the Zoom app to ensure full functionality in the meeting at LU software center (accessible on the website above).

If you have any problems logging in, please contact the LU Servicedesk at servicedesk@lu.se

At Lund University, we process your personal data in accordance with existing legislation. To find out more about the processing of your personal data, visit the Lund University website: https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/about/contact-us/processing-of-personal-data-at-lund-university

What equipment do I need?

  • a computer with speakers and a microphone
  • you might need a headset with a microphone if your computer system microphone or speakers are not adequate or your computer engine is noisy.
  • a smartphone (for polls and short recordings during exercises).

Questions about equipment?

Contact: Johan.agard@med.lu.se or Pia.strand@med.lu.se

See you zoon! (OBS! See to the right what else to prepare before Monday!!)


You are welcome to the zoomroom from 8.45 (we start at 9.00) if you want to test the mic , speakers and video ahead of time!


9.00 – 10.30                       Introduction                                           

10.30 – 16.00                    (Approximately with lots of pauses) 5 min presentations and feedback


9.00 – 15.00                       Learning activities organized as short workshops:

- How does slide-design support information processing - or - how to avoid death by PowerPoint!

- Storyboarding – Storytelling

- Ethos, Pathos and Logos

- The beauty of personal voice and body language

...and other themes and exercises


9.00 – 16.00                       Time for preparations


9.00 – 16.00                       10 min presentations and feedback


About the presentations 

You will give two oral, on-line presentations. One 5-minutes presentation on Monday and one 10-minutes presentation on Friday.

On Monday, you will make a "live" presentation within the zoom room. You have different alternatives

a) Use visual aid

  • in Zoom you will share your screen to present.  Use a presentation program like PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi etc.  Another alternative is to use an interactive drawing space like the zoom-whiteboard, a Padlet, a blanc slide space etc. 

b) Storytell, 

  • tell your 5-minute story without visual aid. 

On Friday, you may try out other digital formats that will be presented during the course.


The topic of the presentations should be research or work-oriented. It does not have to be a complete study or include results. For example, you can present a background to, or motive for, the direction of your research, methodological issues, a particular aspect of a study, etc. Choose the topic most useful to you: what is in your interest to practice and what would you appreciate receiving feedback on?


You are not expected to do perfect presentations! The course offers an opportunity to practice and receive feedback in an experimental and safe learning climate.


Recordings of your presentations are intended as working material (not mandatory).

Full participation is mandatory 

The course equals one full week (approximately 40 hours). It requires attendance and active participation in all parts. Your attendance during the whole week is important for your group, for continuity, and for progression. To work in digital classrooms like zoom is tiring and take extra time compared to IRL meetings. We will have plenty of breaks, group work, and individual work where we leave zoom, in-between large group meetings. 

Work in smaller groups 

The learning activities (individual and group exercises) give you the opportunity to practice and reflect on aspects of oral presentations such as structure, illustrations, slide design, multi-media principles, stress-coping strategies, basic rhetoric, voice, and body language. Body-language and voice aspects are a bit trickier to work with on-line compared to IRL. We will do our best to cover some of these aspects from a virtual conference or on-line presentation perspective. 

Time to prepare 

Scheduled time is set aside for you to prepare your 10-minute presentation for the last day.


Active participation in all learning activities and 2 oral presentations.


Presentation Skills for Scientists by Edward Zanders & Lindsay MacLeod. ISBN: 9781108469425. The book is available online at the Library catalog at LU and for loan at MedCUL during the course-week.

Talarens hantverk av Inger Lindstedt. ISBN: 9789144096667. Boken finns att låna på Lunds Universitetsbibliotek. Det finns även exemplar till varje deltagare att låna från MedCUL under kursveckan.

Browse our Libguide for articles, films, links and books to get more information and inspiration!