A few weeks ago I was approached to do a workshop training on Zotero, the free citation management software. A group of doctoral students in the Special Education department here in the College of Education were interested in seeing how it works.
Sure! Why not? I could use a brush-up on the tool, anyways.
As I’ve found myself doing more often lately, I jumped into Prezi and began organizing the content. I had helped out with somewhere near ten Zotero trainings, but hadn’t done one on my own before. The workshop materials were handed to me, which I tweaked to include only the essential functions of the tool. As with all my workshops, I spend time thinking about the basic elements of a tool or technique, the parts that will be used most often. If additional features or functions are asked about, I generally discover them on the spot and learn them with the workshop attendees. It’s more of a conversation that way; has worked out well in most of my trainings.
Here is a link to the Prezi I used to conduct the workshop —>Click Me!
I usually have the Prezi open on one monitor/projector and use another screen to follow along with the hands-on section. With this workshop I was limited to one monitor, so bouncing back a forth was necessary. At any rate, take a look at this Prezi if you’re at all interested in seeing what Zotero has to offer you.
I made a post back in November about Zotero, but the Prezi in this post give more of a simple overview that can be used to find out if it will be useful to you or to show the tool to others. Here are the four main topics covered in my workshop:
- Gathering Citation Information
- Managing a Library
- Inserting Citations and One-click Bibliographies
- Other functions and uses
The workshop went very well, only running a few minutes over, which is good considering only half of the group had installed Zotero on their computer before attending!
I’ve submitted this Prezi to the Prezi U Library for UH, Manoa. If you haven’t checked it out yet, there are Prezi presentations from top universities (Harvard, Stanford, Yale, etc) on that site as well. Do look if you have a moment. Who knows…you might even be inspired to make a Prezi yourself :]