Miro as a new user: a tool for collaboration, with potential for improvement
October 06, 2021

Miro as a new user: a tool for collaboration, with potential for improvement

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Miro

When the world shifted from teaching on campus to teaching online, many of my colleagues started using Miro. Since then, I have probably introduced Miro to students from different countries more than 6 times. Every time I expect a class to use Miro, I use 10 minutes to introduce the platform. The tools for drafting, writing, and editing are fairly straight to the point. Users find it easy, and the interface reminds them of a lot of basic software they are familiar with. The commenting and following is sometimes a new feature that new users need to learn how to use (hence my 9/10). I noticed that users who are not tech-savvy take some time to get used to this feature. Overall, Miro has been the tool I use to make teaching interactive, to follow up on students' work, to plan workshops, and also to present final products. In my practicing life as an architect, I started using it too. I plan to use Miro beyond the pandemic and introduce it as a tool to use for team building and teamwork, even if events/classes are happening in real-time. Overall, it's a good tool!
  • Allowing comments and feedback, including a resolve feature.
  • Allowing teamwork in real-time using simple tools.
  • Allowing exporting, including exporting as PDF.
  • It is possible to integrate Miro into Microsoft Teams, and I like that.
  • In my experience, there is a longer loading time for slower connections.
  • The align feature that is on the board: every time someone uses it, they get confused about why their objects are snapping.
  • The line tool: Allowing snapping to edges (think AutoCAD).
  • In my experience, the app is glitchy! I had the app and uninstalled it after 3 months.
  • Reduced cost of printing, for sure!
  • Reduced time to coordinate across multiple platforms (PowerPoint, AutoCAD, etc..).
  • Faster and more guaranteed engagement with students = students are learning and happy, which means if this was an optional workshop or a stand-alone class, they will love it and design for it.
In my opinion, the app needs work to stop being glitchy. The integration with Microsoft Teams is great!
Miro has absolutely impacted my students' ability to collaborate. Students were living in multiple time zones. Traditionally, they would have to communicate by phone, WhatsApp, and email. Keeping track of all that would have been a problem. With Miro, students were able to add materials, comments, and tag classmates (the tag feature is great!). So even if a classmate is not online, they would still be able to see what tasks need their attention.

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I recommend Miro for ANY user. If you are the one organizing the use of Miro as a teacher or consultant, I recommend getting familiar with it, through the simple tutorials that are available (some of them are 14 seconds for certain tools!) and explaining these tools (sometimes slowly - it depends on the users' level of understanding).

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