Using Prezi presentations to teach ethnobiology: an open source innovation?

HERRON, Scott - Ferris State University

This current generation of students, especially in the sciences, has come to expect PowerPoint presentations as the primary delivery mechanism for undergraduate education. Could Prezi presentations be a more dynamic alternative delivery software for both instructors and students?  This presentation will discuss the benefits, challenges, and utilize a recent undergraduate course in Medical Botany to demonstrate.  How does Prezi compare to PowerPoint, "Chalk and Talk", and other teaching strategies? This presentation hopes to open a dialog about how students learn, how teachers perceive student learning, and how we sometimes fall short on meeting the dynamic, digitally engaged Millennial Generation where they are at, online. The implications for intellectual property rights and open source verses closed courses will be explained and suggestions provided.