People have been talking about Prezi for a while now, and I’m finally giving it a try. (I’m pretty sure Matt and Harriet used it over a year ago at TxDLA, so I’m definitely behind on this one. Oh well.) Below is my first whack at prezi for my eLearning Online Course Design workshop.
In the workshop, we basically we cover three main areas in this workshop: instructional design (the basics), learning objectives (and using the Goals tool in Bb Vista), and structuring your content (and using Learning Modules, Folders, and Selective Release in Vista). We spent a full hour (out of the two-hour session) on learning objectives, and I knew I’d made an impression when one of the participants came up to me afterwards and said, “This really goes against the ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ mentality that we’re all tempted to take, where we don’t work on our class until a week before we meet.”
Lessons learned after using Prezi:
- Limited design options (fonts, shapes, colors), but this keeps it simply and easy to use
- I zoomed/focused a bit too much on each individual point. Useful sometimes, but other times it’s too much.
- I like the ability to easily zoom out and focus on a topic discussed earlier, rather than having to find it in my sequence of slides then later trying to find where I am.
- Definitely a time suck. Not on the scale of the Sims or Second Life, but set aside a couple of hours for you to explore.
- This “non-traditional” presentation is definitely impressive. … At least to those who are not overly-tech-savvy.