This page is all about sharing our favorite resources, whether it's finding help for using Microsoft Office, alternatives to PowerPoint, academic technology we're loving now, or other great finds.

Please note: This page is all about sharing and keeping you up-to-date in the world of academic technology and doesn't necessarily reflect applications in use at Ottawa University. As such, we don't offer training on these items nor does the OU Help team provide support.

Free Microsoft Office Training!

Did you know you can improve your Microsoft Office skills for free? offers free tutorials and webinars to learn all about the Microsoft Office family of products.

Alternatives to PowerPoint

I've been receiving some questions recently about alternatives to PowerPoint (for the classroom), particularly an interest in Prezi. What's really nice about Prezi is that you can start with the PowerPoint you've already created (or were provided with) and quickly turn it into something more engaging. Visit Prezi's support page to learn how to create one.

Here's one we created awhile back when we were exploring e-textbooks:

Tiny URL

Have you ever copied and pasted a web address, only to get something that looks like this?: lly/dp/B003FSUDM4/ref=amb_link_353259562_2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIK X0DER&pf_rd_s=center-10&pf_rd_r=11EYKTN682A79T370AM3&pf_rd_ t=201&pf_rd_p=1270985982&pf_rd_i=B002Y27P3M

Tiny URL is a web-based engine that shortens URLs into something more manageable.


Lino is a virtual cork board designed for collaboration. If you're looking for a unique way to collaborate on projects with colleagues take a look at Lino.



This web 2.0 tool provides the ability to build and create interactive online maps. How many uses can you think of for interactive mapping in your course? Visit for more information.


Wordle is a word cloud generator. Now you can create beautiful, visual representations of concepts quickly and easily. Wordle also provides the ability to tweak the completed word cloud by changing the fonts, layouts, and color schemes.

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