Vol. 5, Issue 9 (2018)
Power point or Prezi? Which one is better for anatomy education?
Author(s): Dr. Shabnam Mohammadi, Farzad Mirzakhani, Raheleh Baradaran, Ghasem Sazegar
Abstract: The use of educational software for teaching can transfer a large amount of information to aid better understanding for the third year students. Therefore, the aim of this study was to compare the application of Prezi and PowerPoint software in the teaching anatomy of midwifery students in Mashhad University of Medical Sciences. This quasi -experimental study was performed on 25 midwifery undergraduate students. One topic of anatomy lesson with the same content was presented using both Prezi and PowerPoint software. The students' survey was performed using standard questionnaire about PowerPoint and Prezi software. The data collated for the study were analyzed with SPSS software using descriptive statistics. The level of understanding, learning and motivation of students were higher in the presentation that made use of the Prezi software than the PowerPoint software (p≤0.001). The teaching Anatomy with the use of Prezi was better compared with PowerPoint software in terms of animation (p≤0.001), content (p≤0.001), design (p≤0.001) and slide visuals (p = 0.03). From the students’ attractive and dynamic point of view, the possibility of using images, adding files and high zoom capabilities were the strengths of the Prezi software. While the easy printing of slides and the lack of the need to use the internet to provide a slide were the strengths of the PowerPoint software. The results of this study showed that the students' learning and motivation were increased in the presentation of teaching anatomy using Prezi software than the same presentation using PowerPoint software. Students also had a positive attitude toward animation, content, design, and visual in Prezi than in PowerPoint software. The zooming of an object to a size of up to 100 times the original in Prezi software, especially in the teaching of tiny branches of vascular and nerves, is important.