Lights, camera, action! Your virtual presence 2: Body language and framing yourself in the online space

Short description

How we frame ourselves in the online space of a virtual platform is important to how we are seen by others and to our success. For example, there are things to be aware of that can enhance or weaken our online presence, such as our body language and gestures. Also, correctly placed eye contact is vital in a virtual presentation, at meetings, interviews or teaching online, to connect with the audience. What about the background? How can I read lecture notes effectively? In this practical course we will discuss effective and simple solutions to all these issues to support your academic practice and professional development.

This workshop is organised in the framework of CIVICA – The European University of Social Sciences.

How does this course work

This course is a two-hour session focusing on how to best frame your body, gestures and eye contact on the computer screen, to support your teaching or presenting through interactive discussion. We will demonstrate and discuss each element relating to how we are seen by others online in professional situations and how our body language can be interpreted. There will also be a Q and A section. Participants do not need to prepare anything for this session, just bring your imagination.


Target group

This workshop is useful for most PhD candidates, especially those part way through their programme and beyond.


What you will learn

By the end of the workshop participants will 

· Have a better awareness and improved control of personal communication and public speaking skills in the online space

· Know how to keep an audience’s attention

· Have an increased ability to perceive and read other people’s body language



  • Jo Tomalin is Professor of Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University where she teaches movement, voice skills, voice-over techniques, acting and storytelling. She is also a stage director, a theatre reviewer in the USA and UK, and has taught Voice-Over skills at Pixar Animation Studios in California. Jo trained at: École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France: Certificat Professionnel + LEM (Physical Acting, Masks, Scenography); Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, RADA, London (Classical acting and Voice); ATCL, Trinity College of Dramatic Art, London (Classical acting and Voice); Goldsmith's College, University of London, UK (Laban Movement Analysis & Choreography); Ph.D. (Education) Capella University, MN.