Office Mix is a free add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint, which you can use to turn your PowerPoint presentations into interactive online lessons that you can share with anyone.
Mix allows you to make slide recordings, screen recordings, and to easily include screen shots or screen clippings of other windows on your computer. You can also draw on your slides as you are recording.
It is also possible to incorporate multiple choice, free response, true/false, and poll questions into lectures that are saved and shared via mix.office.com.
Application to All Courses
As an add-in to PowerPoint, Office Mix can be used to make lecture presentations more interactive and accessible. Because Office Mixes can be saved to the cloud, it’s easy to share presentations with students.
If Mixes are made “unlisted” or “public,” they can also be embedded directly into a learning management system (LMS) content page.
Mixes can also be downloaded as video files if you prefer not to share Mixes with students by sharing a web link or embedding in an LMS.
It’s important to consider the permission settings for all Mixes you upload to the cloud. If you make them “unlisted” or “public,” you must be sure not to include any student information or other protected information within your Mix. Be sure to follow both FERPA and Copyright and Fair Use standards when sharing a Mix on the cloud.
To add interactivity to presentations, it is possible to add quiz questions to an Office Mix. A Mix might incorporate a variety of recordings, interspersed with quiz questions, which can be used as a learning-check for students.
The following quiz question types are available within Office Mix for free:
- True False Quiz
- Multiple Response Poll
- Multiple Choice Quiz
- Free Response Quiz
Limited statistics are available on Mix quizzes. It is possible to view the number of views and average time spent on each slide, and the average percent scored on a Mix quiz. However, students’ individual scores are not recorded. These quizzes may be useful as knowledge checks during an office mix, but are not recommended for any graded uses.
You can view a variety of Office Mixes that other users have created at the Office Mix gallery page.
Download the mix plugin from mix.office.com
The Office Mix How To Page contains examples and tutorials on how to use Office Mix.
Mix for Teachers
The Office Mix for Teachers page gives an overview of how Office Mix can be used in education.