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Digital training and support

Creating a presentation or website

Tools and software to help you present academic information.

Some links from this page will require a York St John Microsoft 365 login. Email Digital Training if you are unable to access them:

Comprehension, readability and consistency are key points to consider for all types of presentation.

If you are presenting in person or narrating then the visual images are there to support your narrative rather than being the sole source of information. See our Presentation Skills help page for more detail.

When presenting academic information, there are many formats to choose from. This includes PowerPoint or Sway presentations, posters, websites, and more.

The tools listed on this page can support a verbal presentation or stand-alone video with narration.

Presentation software


PowerPoint is still an excellent choice for presentations in person. The recent addition of slide zoom makes interactive presentations easy to create. There are facilities for adding a voice track to create a narrated presentation which can be output as a video.

See our PowerPoint help page for information on presentations and using PowerPoint to make a narrated video.


Sway is a more relaxed, mobile friendly presentation environment. It is part of Microsoft 365 and available online only. See our Sway help page.

Website software


York St John has its own version of WordPress which is a blogging system that can also have static pages to make simple websites. York St John Wordpress sites are public although passwords can be applied to selected pages if desired.

Sign in to and create your own site. See our WordPress help page for more details on working in WordPress.

Mahara ePortfolio

An ePortfolio is often used to gather information together for presentation on pages and submission. They are private to the student and tutor (when submitted) but can be shared more widely through private links. We have comprehensive information on our Mahara ePortfolio help page.


PebblePad is a portfolio-based program where you can store and display evidence of your skills, achievements and experience.

Students should see our Pebblepad help page for more details. External users can find more information on our Using PebblePad help page.

Maytas Hub

Maytas Hub is the ePortfolio which is used by apprentices at York St John University.
Please see our Maytas Hub for students help page.

If you are an Assessor, you can find help and guidance on our Support for Maytas Hub Assessors page.