Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 615–619 | Cite as

Experiences of Using Prezi in Psychiatry Teaching

  • Richard M. DuffyEmail author
  • Allys Guerandel
  • Patricia Casey
  • Kevin Malone
  • Brendan D. Kelly
Empirical Report



Prezi is a presentation software allowing lecturers to develop ideas and produce mind maps as they might do on an old-style blackboard. This study examines students’ experience of lectures presented using Prezi to identify the strengths and weaknesses of this new teaching medium.


Prezi was used to present mental health lectures to final-year medical and physiotherapy students. These lectures were also available online. This cross-sectional study used a questionnaire to assess students’ experience of the software.


Of students approached, 75.5 % (74/98) took part in the study. A majority, 98.6 % (73/74), found Prezi to be a more engaging experience than other styles of lecture delivery. The overview or “mind map” provided by Prezi was found to be helpful by 89.2 % (66/74). Problems arose when students used Prezi in their personal study, with 31.1 % (23/74) reporting some difficulties, mostly of a technical nature.


This study highlights the potential of Prezi for providing students with an engaging and stimulating educational experience. For Prezi to be effective, however, the lecturer has to understand and be familiar with the software and its appropriate use.


Multimedia Teaching Audiovisual aids Psychiatric residents 



On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard M. Duffy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Allys Guerandel
    • 2
  • Patricia Casey
    • 1
  • Kevin Malone
    • 2
  • Brendan D. Kelly
    • 1
  1. 1.UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, Mater Misericordiae University HospitalDublin 7Ireland
  2. 2.UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, St Vincent’s University HospitalDublin 4Ireland

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