Creating digital presentations

This resource will help you understand some basic features and useful tools to create and edit your own digital presentations.

Designing engaging presentations

"Death by Powerpoint", a term often used to describe mind-numbing presentations that do anything BUT engage the audience, is obviously something you want to avoid.

Presentation skills expert David JP Phillips provides the following six tips for creating engaging presentations.

  • Deliver one message per slide
  • Avoid text sentences
  • Make the most important element of the slide the biggest in size
  • Use contrast to steer focus
  • Use a maximum of six objects on a slide
  • Use a dark background

 

Common digital presentation tools

ToolFeatures/limitationsTutorialCost
Google Slides

Google Slides is a free, cloud-based presentation tool that is a part of the Google Drive suite. It requires a Google Account to use.

Slides offers a small range of templates. You can easily edit text as well as insert images, diagrams, videos, and shapes. You can export your files into a range of file formats, including PowerPoint (.pptx).

Offline extensions for Chrome are also available.

G Suite Learning Center - Slides Free
Haiku Deck Haiku Deck offers a large range of visual templates and access to royalty-free images.

Getting started

YouTube tutorials

Free/paid
Keynote Keynote is the standard presentation software included on Mac computers. Integrating with Microsoft PowerPoint, Keynote has a range of themes and animations to help you make engaging and eye-catching presentations.

Keynote help

Keynote Essential Training

Included on macOS
LibreOffice Impress Impress, part of the LibreOffice suite, is free and open source desktop presentation software. Impress has a relatively small number of templates and limited collaborative functionality. 

Impress FAQ

Introduction to Impress

Free

Open source

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is the standard presentation tool for most workplaces and offers a large range of templates. With a Microsoft Account and OneDrive, you can save and share presentations easily.

Note: OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, allows you to work backup your documents and work collaboratively with others.
UOW students have access to OneDrive and cloud based versions of the Microsoft Office suite

UOW Learning Co-Op PowerPoint help

PowerPoint Essential Training

PowerPoint for Windows training

PowerPoint for Mac help

Free for UOW students and staff
Prezi Prezi is a web-based presentation tool that offers a tiered membership model. Prezi allows for non-linear navigation, zooming in or out for visual effect.

Note: Prezi Classic has been mostly superseded by Prezi Next - be aware of this when looking for online tutorials or when reactivating an old Prezi account.

First steps with Prezi Next

Get started video tutorials

Free/paid