How to use QR codes in research and teaching

Nowadays it is hard to not see QR codes printed in advertisements, on products, and everywhere else. QR codes are one of the biggest trends in marketing right now, and you might wonder: can QR codes be of any use for academics? I say yes, and I urge you to use your own QR code everywhere it makes sense. That is, whenever there is an opportunity to supply an offline audience with additional online information including, but not limited to, your personal webpage, a research paper that accompanies your talk, or web resources that supplement your lecture.

This post is about the basics of why, where and how to use QR codes in your research and teaching. In addition, it will also suggest a few design tweaks that allow you to blend QR codes with the surrounding context (e.g., the keynote slide or a poster). And if you invest some time you can even closely integrate a QR code with your overall self-branding efforts. [Read more…]

How to Present a Mac Keynote on the Conference Room’s PC

Conference talk with KeynoteKeynote for Mac is a great app for conference presentation. No doubt, you can kill people with Keynote as much as you can with Powerpoint or Prezi. But if you know what you are doing, Keynote allows you create slick looking presentations that wow your audience away. The only problem is: Most conference rooms run on windows… bummer!

“Nevermind,” you might think, “I will just export the file to PPT.” Good thinking, but unfortunately something always goes wrong in these exports. Picture frames are off, transparent backgrounds become white, and these awesome “Magical Move” transitions disappear. No, my friend, Powerpoint cannot handle Keynote presentations – at least it cannot handle mine. [Read more…]

11 Essential Apps for your Next Conference Trip

ipad apps for conferenceConference time is one of the best parts of academia! It is a time to meet old friends, make new ones, and challenge our thinking with stimulating discussions and talks.

It is also a time for your iPad to shine: these hand-picked 11 apps will help you in all aspects of the conference – from getting there, to giving your talk, to getting in and out of bed.


In the air

You can tell me what you want, but for me the travelling is a time to relax and to get excited about the days ahead. The only problem is: air travel is a pain in the back! And if your funding isn’t getting you anywhere close to business class travel, the next best thing you can do is to create your personal serenity bubble that shelters you from all the chaos around you. I am talking about Games and Meditation apps, my friend!


Relax melodiesRelax Melodies (free) is a relaxation and sleep assistant, and it is honestly the first app I open after having boarded a plane. Just pick your own combination of relaxing sounds (try Fire Camp together with Rainstorm!), put on your headphones, close your eyes, and ignore everything until a flight attendant tips you on the shoulder to prepare for take-off. [Read more…]

Why Prezi won’t revolutionize your presentations

Today, Ekant Veer shares his thoughts about Prezi. Ekant is a Marketing professor at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), publishes frequently in a number of international marketing journals, and runs his own blog on academic life. Oh, and he is one of the most engaging and entertaining presenters that I have ever seen! So let’s see what he has to say about this new presentation paradigm.

If you’ve never heard about Prezi, here’s a quick overview (and see video below)… but it’d be far better to go to their site and have a play. Prezi is a reasonably new means of creating presentations. Instead of a linear series of slides, you create a mindmap or a flow diagram of your topic and include content as you go. The platform offers a very different feel from your standard Powerpoint or Keynote presentation by zooming in and out of your mindmap. [Read more…]