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Digital skills

Creating online content

Online resources are available to help you create content that you can include in your assignments and job applications, or use in your personal life.

You can use online tools to create and share presentation slides, communicate using social media or blogs, and present yourself through video.

If you want to reuse any images, video, audio or other online content, make sure you understand any copyright or licensing restrictions. Use our advice on finding free content available for reuse.

Present yourself through video

Creating, editing and sharing videos can help you develop your presentation and technical skills and also help you build your digital presence.

Videos can be more creative and engaging than your LinkedIn profile or blog. 

You can use MediaSite desktop recording software to make your own recordings and publish them on VideoLeeds.

  • Create videos of your presentations and share them with your friends, classmates, or your tutor.
  • Make a recording of your PC desktop to show someone else how to use some software.

You can also use YouTube to upload and share videos with the world.

Several universities and organisations regularly post videos about academic skills or subjects relevant to your field of study, and you can subscribe to their channels so you never miss out on new videos.

Find out more about using YouTube.

Create and share your presentations online

It's easy to create and share presentations online and there are several tools to help you do this.

Prezi is a web-based tool which creates visual, non-linear presentations, often allowing you to tell a story effectively. This sample Prezi presentation illustrates a story developing over time.

Using SlideShare allows you to put your presentations together online, share them with others and embed them on your blog or LinkedIn profile. Take a look at the SlideShare section on the Student Guide to Social Media.

Haiku Deck is a website that helps you create visually impressive slides using a library of Creative Commons-licensed images.

You can collaborate with other people to create a presentation using Google Slides. It also has a “presenter view” option, which allows you to keep notes or a script on one screen while you present the slides on another. Use its live Q&A function to increase audience engagement with your presentation.

Communicate online using blogs and social media

Using Twitter allows you to share your opinion, keep up-to-date and network with others. Have a look at the Twitter section on the Student Guide to Social Media to find out more.

Blogging allows you to write reflectively about your experiences and thoughts, share these with others online and invite comments and conversation.

For an introduction to blogging, have a look at the blogs section on the Student Guide to Social Media.