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PowerPoint online is a Microsoft Office application that can be used for collaborative and individual work, with options for blank-sheet style collaboration, presentation mark-up, and collaborative presentation design.
PowerPoint online can be opened in a limited browser version, via Office.com.
- Free (via Office 365 university subscription)
- Online (Office.com, or Chrome app via Office.com)
- Collaborative working in real-time
- Mark-up pre-made slides and images
- Design new slides & collaborate on creating presentations
- Freehand drawing tools
- Insert images, shapes, audio files & online video
- Autosaves progress
- Collaborate on presentation-style assignments easily in real-time
- Simple to use for those familiar with PowerPoint
- Accessibility features
- Present, Share & add Comments
- Promotes transferable skills with Office products
Considerations and limitations
- To collaborate remotely in real-time, requires students to access PowerPoint and communicate in a separate call/meeting application
- Lacks some more in-depth features of PowerPoint
- Works best on desktop/laptop devices (mobile users can download the PowerPoint app)
- Users must ensure they stay in the online version, as changes from multiple contributors may not sync properly
Copyright information and liabilities
- When adding third party content (such as images or videos) you must follow guidance on making copyright law work for you in your University teaching (useful copyright FAQs can be found on the University IMPs webpages). You may also find suitable content via the university collections or free image sites such a Pixabay, Unsplash and unDraw (always check the usage terms).