Leeds University Library

Creating online content

You can use digital tools to create content and share it online. There are a wealth of resources available online to help you easily create presentation slides, videos, online CVs, images, or infographics, to use in your assignments, job applications or personal life. 

It's important to think about copyright and licensing before creating or re-using images, video, audio or other online content. Use our advice on finding free content available for reuse

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. This is useful if you want to create videos of your presentations and share them with your friends, classmates or your tutor for an assignment, or make a recording of your PC desktop to show someone else how to use some software. 

You can 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. Have a look at the YouTube section on the Student Guide to Social Media.

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 example uses Prezi to illustrate 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. Have 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, allowing you to keep notes or a script on one screen while you present the slides on another, and has a live Q&A function to increase audience engagement with your presentation. 

Communicating online

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.

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.

For more information on reflective writing, take a look at our tutorial