Sway – a presentation program

Author(s): Elnta Meragia, Klas Karlgren

Affiliation(s): Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME), Karolinska Institutet

Date of publication: November 11, 2015

The Educational Problem

It can be difficult to support virtual collaboration and interaction for creating presentations, reports or personal stories. In addition, such support is often associated with costs.

The Solution

Therefore, a presentation program such as Sway can be used to easily create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. It can be used freely. Users can create new presentations by clicking the new “Sway” button or import documents, such as Word, PowerPoint, PDF, from which they can take the data they wish to use for the Sway.

In the Sway, users can edit the design of the presentations they wish to create, insert a number of choices such as text, media (e.g. pictures, videos, Tweets, charts) or groups (e.g. slideshows, grids) and even edit the way Sway navigates by either scrolling it vertically or horizontally.

Sway can be easily shared to other social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn etc. or it can be embedded in another page by copying the embedded code that is provided. Sway can also be shared with others for either viewing or editing depending on the editors’ preferences.

Key Experiences

Sway was released by Microsoft on August 2015 and the author has not yet implemented it in a course to share student experiences. The goal is to promote it even further to the students due to the flexibility and opportunities for collaboration and interactivity that it offers.

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