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Prezis Revisited

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Got an exceptionally kind compliment from an academic colleague regarding some Prezi presentations I’ve designed. It was followed by a request for a link. I realized I didn’t have them in one place. So, here are three (2 from academic conferences, 1 for a work conference). In the interest of full disclosure, I came up with the design and compiled the presentation for this work Prezi but one of the artists on my staff created the graphics (Thanks, John! Yay, collaboration!).

In any case, here are the links:

Moderation/Presentation (CW2010) [Computers & Writing 2010 Presentation on use of Twitter backchannel]

Tweetagogy (ATTW2010) [ATTW 2010 Presentation | Tweetagogy: Building Community in 140 characters or less]

EVMS: Getting Out of the Box (AAMC-GIA) [work-related conference presentation]

Disclaimer: These are in no way perfect. Plenty of things I’d change in each, but I find a purposefully designed Prezi can be fun and rhetorically useful.

Enjoy! Feedback & questions are always welcome!


Moderation or Presentation? Using Twitter Backchannel for More Effective Conference Presentations

Friday, May 21st, 2010

CW 2010 Presentation (West Lafayette, IN) | May 22, 2010 • 10:15-11:30 a.m. | Panel F6


Old Dominion University


Ubiquitous Wi-Fi access via portable computers and mobile devices has given rise to Twitter conference revolts. One casualty: the “sage on the stage” presentation model. C&W 2009 digital backchannel participants witnessed this during the #cw09happening. Analyzing this keynote address via Actor-Network Theory reveals critical considerations for better engaging audience members.


Tweetagogy: Building Community in 140 Characters or Less

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

ATTW 2010 Presentation (Louisville, KY) | March 17, 2010 • 4-5:15 p.m.


Old Dominion UniversityCeME Lab • #CeME


The concept of online classroom community has become more important as universities begin to deal with concerns regarding distance learning students’ potential experience of isolation and disconnectedness. This case study seeks to empirically validate the existence of such an online community in the Summer Doctoral Institute at Old Dominion University and determine whether Twitter functions as an effective facilitator of that community.


World 4.0

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Yes, I know the title for this blog post is a corny take on Web 2.0. Yes, I know “Web 2.0” is a term smirked at by some new media scholars. But it got you reading, didn’t it? Take a look at the YouTube video post from XPlane. It provides some interesting fact about social media, mobile devices, etc. It’s worth the five minutes it takes to watch.

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When I worked for the public school system, earlier versions of this caught our faculty/staff interest. The original concept was created by a high school teacher to start a staff discussion about what kids needed to be prepared for in the 21st Century. It went viral (see Did You Know and Did You Know 2.0). This version is less education focused, but still intriguing. Xplane did the 2.0 version as well. They do some pretty cool work.

To give credit where it is due, I saw this in a post on Garr Reynold’s Presentation Zen blog. He offers great insight about presentations. You should check the blog out… if you haven’t already!