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Creating a presentation or website

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When presenting academic information, there are many formats to choose from including PowerPoint or Sway presentations, posters and many more both in-person and stand-alone. Here are a few factors to consider.

These can be used to support a verbal presentation or as a stand-alone video with narration.

Presentation Tools


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 Office 365 and available online only. See our Sway help page*. Recordings of Sway presentations would need additional software such as Screencast-o-matic


Prezi is a popular tool. YSJ doesn't have a subscription but limited free accounts are available at

Presentation Points to consider

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.



York St John has its own version of WordPress which is a blogging system that can also have static pages to make simple websites. YSJ 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. 

ePortfolios - Mahara

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 via private links. We have comprehensive information on our Mahara ePortfolio help page 

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