- Online Learning
- Overcoming Barriers
- Video Best Practices
- Assessment In Online Learning
- Building the MiniStudio
- iPad Lecture Capture
- Think Like a Business, Run Like a College: Balancing Both Worlds
- Assessing Students Online
- D2L RUG 2012
- "It's-a me, Mario!"
- One Size Does Not Fit All
- Teaching with Twitter and Google Wave
- Fusion 2010
- D2L Study
- Guerilla Lecture Capture
- Barefoot Vodcasting
- DOTS: ScreenFlow
- DOTS: Video
- Tech Tuesdays
This presentation accompanies the "DOTS Best Practices for Using Video" session and is available in three formats:
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In this short presentation I presented fourteen suggestions for best practices. I also used this opportunity to test some hardware and software - the material presented on the projector was recorded with ScreenFlow, and a BT-1 Bluetooth Webcam was used to stream live video from the back of the room. The test did not go exactly to plan, I lost the feed from the BT-1 about 10 minutes into the presentation. I will continue to refine my testing to see if the BT-1 is suitable for faculty use.
- Don’t Replicate the Mundane
- Don’t attempt to slavishly copy the classroom experience. Your learning objectives may be the same, but the way you achieve this must be different.
- Be aware of non-verbal communication.
- 7 minutes or less.
- Break content into discreet topics.
- The structure of your course content will change in the future. Plan for revisions and reorganization.
- Be aware of ADA (Americans with Disabilities)/Section 508 recommendations.
- Technology fails. Build in contingency plans and redundancy.
- Be aware of of the advantages and disadvantages. Ideally you should provide content in both formats.
- Are students able to complete the assignment without watching the video?
Each week I ask six basic questions in my online and blended courses. The feedback helps me understand what I am doing right, and what I need to improve upon:
- What was the most useful thing that you learnt this week?
- What was the least useful thing that you learnt this week?
- Is there anything that you did not understand?
- Did you experience any technical difficulties?
- Is there anything you want to tell me?
- How useful to you were the videos?
- You will need to revise material in the future. Make sure you know where your production files are kept.
Richard Mayer has published widely, I would suggest reading Multimedia Learning:
- Mayer, R. E. (2009). Multimedia Learning (2nd ed). New York: Cambridge University Press.
The four texts I would recommend are: