SlideShare, voted one of the world’s top 10 tools for education and elearning is a resource that I highly recommend to MBA students, MBA program directors, and MBA faculty. SlideShare is both a gateway to presentations and a platform for sharing presentations. Given the number of presentations MBA students, faculty, and program directors make each week the benefits of using SlideShare are almost unlimited. Let me introduce SlideShare and outline a few of its uses to illustrate the benefits.
SlideShare currently has 45 MN visitors and 90 MN page views per month. There are four pricing plans, however I think the basic free plan will meet most MBA user needs. Some of the things you can do with SlideShare:
- Upload presentations for sharing either publicly or privately
- Search for and download presentations on any topic and reuse or remix
- Embed presentations on blogs, websites, and intranets
- Share presentations via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
- Zipcast: free, no download, 1 click web meetings
- Leadshare: generate business leads with your presentations, documents, pdfs, videos
To learn more you can visit SlideShare.
Gateway to Presentations
SlideShare provides access to uploaded submissions. You can search by key word or you can browse by category. A few sample searches found the following:
- ABC Costing – 49 submissions
- MBA Programs – 355 submissions
- Efficient Markets – 13,427 submissions
- Supply Chain Management – 2,906 submissions
- Makers Mark – 61 submissions
Search results appear in order of relevance to your search terms with the most relevant appearing first. Each submission appearing in the search results includes the title, author, number of views, and the number of months the submission has been available, and for most, there is a brief description. For the free version, Google Ads relating to the topic surround the search results. To some this may be a distraction, however what better way for MBA students or faculty to find subject matter experts to interview or invite as guest speakers for a class.
Presentations are downloadable and available for reuse or remixing. Generally, you can use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works and display downloaded submissions. However, some submissions may be subject to other restrictions or licenses, such as the Creative Commons license, which may affect how you use those submissions. You can find more information about Creative Commons by clicking on the following link creativecommons.org.
Platform for Sharing Presentations
SlideShare users can upload PowerPoint presentations, documents, pdfs, and videos for sharing. Imagine the possibilities:
- MBA faculty members can share their class materials
- MBA guest speakers can share their presentations
- MBA students can share their presentations with their peers
- MBA program directors can share open house recruiting presentations
These four examples illustrate the basic uses. What is not illustrated is the exposure the faculty member, guest speaker, MBA student, and MBA program will get from posting materials. Remember, there are 45 MN visitors and 90 MN page views per month. A simple submission can lead to a lot of exposure.
The following illustrates the imbedded use of a submission. I created a brief five-slide presentation about MyeEMBA. You can view the presentation by clicking on the play button area, downloading the file to your desktop, or you can click on the link and view the presentation on the SlideShare site. The presentation is intentionally short in case you want to experiment with viewing and downloading.
Perhaps you have experience with SlideShare and want to share some of your insights with the MyeEMBA readers. Please do so by adding a comment below.
Rodney G. Alsup, D.B.A., CPA, CITP
Founder of MyeEMBA.com
[Image is downloaded from the SlideShare site]