Jennifer Resor-Whicker, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Katelyn Tucker, Instruction Librarian
Zoom into Online Instruction: Using Prezi in Online Instruction Videos
Jennifer Resor Whicker and Katelyn Tucker
McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA
Prezi is an online, Flash-based
presentation tool that allows us to
create dynamic, visually-appealing
videos that keep online students
engaged. It engages students with its
visual aspects while allowing them
to make connections between the
ideas on the canvas. By using
varying sizes and positions of
images and text, the relationships
between information can be visually
illustrated, allowing students to look
at the information presented in new
ways. This can help students put
ideas into context and establish
• Create a prezi with relevant images
• Prezi’s templates are especially useful
for creating visual relationships
(flowcharts, sequential actions, and
cause/effect are all represented).
• Keep zooming and panning in check.
Otherwise the audience may get
• Create a script and practice the audio.
Is it short & sweet?
• Using a screen capture program,
record your video and make any edits
(our team uses Screenflow).
1. Keep the videos under 5 minutes.
2. Be concise and to the point.
3. Use text sparingly.
4. Keep the prezi interesting by using
appropriate and funny images and
5. Change the tone and volume of your voice
throughout the presentation to enhance the
message you are conveying.
6. Introduce yourself, and provide a picture.
That way the student knows who is
speaking to them.