Learn with Lynda – Presentation Tools

When it comes to creating presentations, whether you’re staff or student, there’s more to life than just PowerPoint.

In this month’s Learn with Lynda, we will be highlighting not one but three lynda.com courses that will help get you started with some alternatives.


Prezi is a cloud based platform that will allow you to create interactive presentations. We have previously introduced Prezi in our A-Z of tools. Prezi Essential training by Garrick Chow is 2 hours and 42 minutes long. Garrick will acquaint you with the hallmarks of the Prezi style and explains how to shape your presentation before you create your prezi. Garrick will show you how to create a new prezi and work with the interface and its tools. He will explain how to add content like text, images, shapes, and diagrams, and will show you how to arrange the elements on your canvas and add multimedia. This course will also explore how to collaborate with others on your prezi, share it, and present it remotely and on computers, tablets, and other devices.

Topics include:

  • Working with the Prezi style
  • Creating a new prezi
  • Adding text, images, shapes, and charts
  • Rotating and aligning objects on the canvas
  • Including multimedia elements
  • Presenting remotely
  • Collaborating with others on your prezi
  • Embedding your prezi on a webpage

Watch a preview of Prezi Essential Training


Keynote is a popular presentation tool from Apple. Keynote 7 Essential Training by David Rivers is 4 hours and 22 minutes long. Don’t forget, lynda.com courses are broken down into bite size chunks and courses can be downloaded onto the lynda.com app to listen to at your leisure. 

In this course, David will walk through all the need-to-know features of this powerful tool, showing how to harness its rich feature set to inform and entertain your audience. He will show you how to choose the right slide layout; add your text, images, audio, and video; and include animations and eye-catching effects. Plus, he demonstrates how to add transitions between slides, and explains how to prepare to deliver a standout presentation.

Topics include:

  • Working with themes
  • Editing master slides
  • Adding text, shapes, and links
  • Building tables and interactive charts
  • Inserting audio and video in your slides
  • Applying transitions
  • Playing and recording a slideshow
  • Sharing and exporting presentations

Watch a preview of Keynote 7 Essential Training

As always, let us know what you think of these courses. Were they helpful? Have you used any other presentation tools in your teaching? Use the comments below to share your experiences. 


P.S. Don’t forget you can integrate your lynda.com course completion certificates with your LinkedIn profile – and share the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired. Simply ‘Share’ your certificate of completion and select ‘Post to LinkedIn profile’!

Suzy Mills

Working to the Directorate’s annual objectives and the TEL Quality Framework, Suzy’s role as TEL Assistant is to proactively support and develop staff in using technology to enhance the students learning experience. Her main focus will be the day to day management and administration of the VLE and other learning technologies. Suzy joins the TEL team from the School Administration Unit, where she worked as a School Administrator for five years. Suzy is interested in developing her knowledge of how learning technologies can be used in Higher Education and exploring the use of Open Badges.

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