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Online presentations


An important part of studying at university is presenting and sharing ideas. Students are often asked to give group presentations as part of their coursework and assessment. These presentations are now often delivered online.

This page will help you familiarise yourself with some of the available platforms for online presentations, as well as provide you with some tips on developing presentation skills for communicating your ideas more effectively online.

The principles of online presentations are similar to those of face-to-face presentations but require digital knowledge and online communication skills.

Read through the tabs below to learn about some online tools you can use to create your presentations.

Microsoft PowerPoint 365 allows you to create content and share your work with your team members and audience.

RMIT students have free access to Microsoft PowerPoint 365 (RMIT login required) as well as technical support by contacting the IT Service and Support Centre.

It is compatible with online platforms like Teams used at RMIT.

It is a web-based platform and provides a local file storage.


  • Google Slides is free and allows you to create content and share your work with your team members.
  • You can easily convert Google Slides presentations to other formats including PowerPoint and PDF files.

Things to consider:

  • Google products are not supported at RMIT University. If you have any technical issues, the RMIT IT team may not be able to help you.
  • It is a web-based tool, and no local file storage is available.

Prezi is a web-based tool which allows you to create a visual presentation alongside you as you present to camera.


  • Prezi provides a variety of templates as well as reusable presentations and designs.
  • You can import PowerPoint files into Prezi.
  • It works well with online communication platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom Meetings, Cisco Webex.

Things to consider:

  • The number and size of presentations that you can have on the free version is limited.
  • Access to Prezi through the RMIT email address only provides 4Gb of Cloud storage.

Canva is a tool for designing graphics, posters, and other visual materials.


  • Canva provides a variety of free content including templates, stock photos, video, music, etc.
  • Your Canva presentation can be converted to PowerPoint slides.

Things to consider:

  • RMIT University does not provide a free licence or technical support for this tool.
  • Canva is a web-based platform only and does not provide local file storage.
  • Not all templates and features are free.
  • Slides cannot be presented directly from Canva.