I am going to be presenting at the 34th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning. You can find resources for each of my sessions on the site here:
Tuesday 7th August
So, they have asked you to teach an online course
Learn a framework for designing online instruction that improves learning and is flexible enough to work within any size budget or level of resources and support. Explore fundamentals of a “backward design” approach to identify and prioritize needs and plan for assessment, presence, communication, and feedback.
Thursday 9th August
Students, faculty, us: Collaboration at a distance
It is one thing to encourage distance learning, and another to create distance engagement and collaboration. Explore how we can work together with our students, faculty members, and colleagues.
Thursday 9th August
Overcoming barriers: How to increase faculty and staff buy-in for online programs
The first step in overcoming resistance to teaching online is to understand the obstacles and objections. Explore three key reasons that faculty and staff give for not wanting to make the move to online and learn about a framework that can help overcome the objections.
DePaul recently received this message from Panopto:
We wanted to let you know about a bug in Panopto for Mac that occurs on macOS Sierra (version 10.12). Specifically, when users hide or minimize Panopto for Mac during a screen recording on macOS Sierra, Panopto stops recording the screen.
What is the impact?
Panopto will not record the screen while minimized or hidden on macOS Sierra.
Are users running earlier versions of OS X affected?
No. Users running Panopto for Mac on OS X 10.11 and earlier are not affected.
How do I resolve this issue?
Download and install the latest version of Panopto for Mac.
Note: This version of Panopto for Mac does not display a live screen preview for macOS Sierra users, but the screen will be recorded (see image below). We are working with Apple on a change to restore live screen preview during screen capture recording.
Information Services just sent out this email to Softchalk users here at DePaul:
"As you may be aware, there is a project in progress to migrate from Ooyala to a new streaming media and video system called Panopto. Panopto is a video streaming and video content management software that is fully integrated with D2L and will allow you and your students to upload and manage video content files for classes directly within D2L. The self-service availability with Panopto’s D2L integration will streamline the process for uploading content for the courses you teach.
If you have video content in your SoftChalk module and these modules exist in SoftChalk Cloud (e.g. they are not zipped up and unpacked in D2L), you will need to contact FITS@depaul.edu by September 1, 2016 to coordinate migration of your content. Fits staff will work with you to migrate the content into a space within Panopto and work with you to set the video permissions so your audiences can view them. Please note that a list of video titles will be needed in order to migrate the content.
On September 30th 2016, the existing streaming media systems will be retired and will no longer be accessible. All necessary content must be migrated into Panopto prior to this date.
If you have any questions about using Panopto in your class or if you want to provide students with the ability to upload video content, please contact FITS@depaul.edu for assistance."
Panopto is the new video platform that has replaced Ooyala here at DePaul. It is a web-based tool that allows you to record, host, and share audio and video files. It is fully integrated with D2L. Both instructors and students have full access to Panopto.
Instructions on adding Panopto to a D2L course and embedding videos have been shared through DePaul's Teaching Commons.
The current exception to this policy is content the university has been licensing through Swank. The model for Swank content is currently in transition. For Spring 2016 quarter the library is asking faculty members to limit their requests for Swank titles to films that are required viewing for all students and that must be viewed outside of class. Starting in September 2016, the library expects to have a large suite of Swank films (approximately 150 titles) available to all DePaul users for the year. This includes a large number of titles commonly requested in the past. The titles in this collection can change from year to year but there will be less flexibility for mid-year additions. As a result, the library anticipates having a much more limited ability to support new requests for classes during the year and will instead primarily rely on DVDs to fill these needs. If there are films you anticipate needing next year, that will be required viewing for all of your students and that will not be shown in class, please let Cynthia Petts (email@example.com), the Collections & E-Resources assistant, know so that these titles can be considered for part of the suite of content next year.
Josh Lund from FITS just shared a very intriguing resource with me: PlayPosit, which allows educators to create videos with embedded quizzes. PlayPosit appears to be a free service, with paid premium options.
For the right faculty, this looks like a great option to ensure that students are following along with the content for their videos.
It is Blue Demon Week here at DePaul. To celebrate, here is the first of four videos that shines a light on the DePaul experience.
DePaul University has been using iTunes U for several years now. We have used it in two ways:
- Sharing public videos that anyone with an Internet connection can download.
- Sharing private videos for individual classes at DePaul. Here, only registered students can access and download the videos. Campus Connection is used to update the list of registered students.
The option to use iTunes U for private videos will be discontinued by Apple on Tuesday 1st September 2015.
Wen-Der Lin of MPT (Media Production and Training) has created a set of instructions on how to download content before the private videos are deleted at the end of this month:
In order to retain the material that you have uploaded to iTunes U, you will need to archive your material following the procedure outlined below. To ensure all data is preserved, MPT will also be archiving all content on DePaul private sites. This content can then be uploaded to a DePaul streaming server. MPT is able to assist with helping you place this material on the streaming server. For assistance please contact MPT@depaul.edu.
Procedure for Archiving your material with your PC/MAC:
Step 1: Go to https://itunes.depaul.edu and login to iTunes U with you DePaul Campus Connect user ID and password.
Step 2: After iTunes launches, go your college than your course and click on the course tag.
Step 3: Click on "Get Track" button right next to the graphic and the download will begin. You have to repeat the same action within each tab if you have multiple tabs in the course.
Step 4: To check the status of the download, click on the down arrow button at the upper right hand corner.
Step 5: After download is finished, you may find your material in the following path:
- Windows environment: C:\Users\Your User Name\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\iTunes U
- OS X environment: /Users/Your User Name/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/iTunes U/
Since downloaded material will be saved on your C drive or Main drive, please make sure that the C drive or Main drive has enough room for this download process. You may move the download material to an alternate storage device in order to save the space on your C drive or Main drive.
Please feel free to contact Wen-Der Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1 (773) 325-7995 if you run into any issues with your content download.
DePaul has put together a short animated video (The Name Above The Door) on DePaul University's Mission.
The video discusses the name above the door and what it means to be Vincentian, and the question "What must be done?"
The basic details of the position are as follows:
This Video Production/Instructional Designer will assist the Driehaus College of Business faculty and staff in designing, recording, editing and producing video material for online, hybrid and web-enhanced business courses. The position will also manage all Driehaus College of Business video content and assets.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Design, record, edit and produce video material for online, hybrid and web-enhanced courses.
- Manage all Driehaus College of Business video content and assets.
- Create Driehaus College of Business reusable learning objects, and record selected events.
- Edit, update and produce multimedia materials and learning objects.
- Consult on best use of DePaul video technologies, multimedia materials and learning objects.
- Showcase and market DePaul courses through electronic means and public events.
- Future duties may require supervision of student workers and graduate assistants.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- College degree.
- Video production expertise.
- 5+ years of editing experience with Apple Final Cut Pro HD.
- 5+ years of technical production.
- Computer literate, with knowledge of video editing software, audio mixing, streaming technologies, HTML, and Adobe Photoshop.
- Skilled in lighting production, stage management and field production techniques and standards.
- Skilled in visualizing and shooting concepts effectively.
- Skilled in video pedagogy.
- Ability to work some evenings or weekends.
- Ability to periodically spend extended periods of time standing during filming.
- Ability to move camera and lighting equipment in the studio and out in the field.
- Business degree.
- Experience in online course design.
To apply, please visit here.
DePaul faculty will be pleased to know that the VLC media player is now installed on all classroom PCs again (thanks to Joshua Luttig from IS for the update). The VLC Media Player is a “free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.” - In other words it plays pretty much any video file out there.
On classroom PCs, look for it under:
Music & Video / VideoLAN
All DePaul students, faculty, and staff are invited to the kick-off celebration of DePaul’s new strategic plan, Vision 2018: Dedication to Excellence, Commitment to Community. The last day to RSVP is Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The event is on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m., and will feature remarks from the president, a tree-planting ceremony, a great picnic on the Lincoln Park quad and much more. this will be lots of fun!
DePaul Associate Professor Kelly Pope and Video Producer Rick Salisbury have won the 2012 Mark Chain/Federation of Schools of Accountancy Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award for their video documentary, “Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crimes.” Sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the annual award is designed to recognize exceptional graduate accounting course practices and resources. Recipients present their work at the national Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting and the AICPA also makes the award winning resources available to accounting educators. The documentary features interviews with white-collar criminals and explores their motivations for committing financial crimes. It has been shown to students studying accounting at DePaul and other business schools around the country, as well as to accounting professionals. This is the second accounting industry award for the documentary producing duo. In May, Pope and Salisbury won a Contribution to Teaching Award from the Professionalism and Ethics Committee of the American Accounting Association.
With the College of Commerce’s name change to the Driehaus College of Business, there is an opportunity to update many of the videos we use. Above, is an example of the video introductions we use (from Kelly Pope).
You can find these introductory videos on iTunes U, D2L and on some faculty webpages. Look out for more exciting videos later this year.
In order to download your original files form Backlot, you will need to create a source MRSS feed. Source MRSS feeds will allow you to download or distribute the files that were originally uploaded into backlot. Please follow these steps to create a source MRSS feed:
1. Log into Backlot
2. Go to "Publish tab" and select "external publishing" (sub tab) 3. Locate the drop-down menu at your left and choose "Source MRSS", then click the "+new" button.
4. Fill in the required fields: Name, feed title etc.
5. Select a specific label (only videos in that label will be included in the feed), or select "all content".
6. Copy and paste your feed URL into your browser (We recommend to use firefox) 7. Click on the "source redirect" link to download your source file.
It is important to mention that the file will be downloaded without an extension. Therefore, you should rename the file and assign the appropriate extension before playing it.
You can paginate to access the rest of the source feeds. To "paginate" beyond the first 500 results, you may use the query string parameter "offset=xxx", which means you would need to append &offset=500 to get to the next 500 entries. For example, a Source MRSS feed would appear as http://backlot.ooyala.com/syndication/source?k=EuIyJ35jLD&offset=1600.
Congratulations to Kelly Richmond Pope (Assistant Professor, School of Accountancy)and to Rick Salisbury (Video Producer for the College of Business)! They received the ‘Best Contribution to Teaching Award’ from the Professionalism and Ethics Committee and Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association for their work on ‘Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crimes. This award will be presented at this year’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
PBS Frontline's "Money, Power and Wall Street" documentary has been made available online. PBS has made all four hours of video embeddable - you can take the code and add this to your Desire2Learn courses. The video is available here.
DePaul will be integrating the Kaltura video content management system with SharePoint and Desire2Learn this year. This promises to be an exciting addition to DePaul’s roster of technology tools – and will improve the productivity and efficiency of faculty and students. I am particularly looking forward to seeing how faculty will now be able to upload and integrate video lectures and feedback directly into Desire2Learn.
Rick Salisbury has sent me a link to a page at CU-Boulder’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), which provides an overview of their Kaltura/Desire2Learn integration. This should give you an idea of what is possible.
DePaul’s School of Accountancy and MIS will be screening a new documentary film in February. Crossing The Line documents how ordinary people fall victim to white-collar crime at various points within their professional careers. Crossing the Line is a unique film as it offers the viewer the opportunity to hear convicted white-collar felons describe their crimes, corporate pressure, prison life and life after conviction.
WHEN: February 24, 2012 5pm followed by a Q&A session
WHERE: DePaul University College of Communication Theater
(Located in the building basement)
14 E. Jackson Blvd. / 247 S. State
Chicago, IL 60604
TICKETS: Tickets are not needed for this event, however RSVP is required for attendance. Please RSVP by February 18th
to Sarah Musto at email@example.com or 312-362-5207.
For more information contact: Kelly Richmond Pope, Executive Producer at +1 (312) 362-5821 or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Under a policy change proposed by the University of Missouri, students who want to record classroom lectures would first have to obtain written permission from their professors and classmates, the Associated Press reports. Administrators say the intent is to protect “the sanctity of the classroom,” so students and faculty can freely express their opinions without worrying about their comments’ being posted online. The university was at the center of a controversy last spring after highly edited videos of labor-studies classes were posted online by the conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.”
Kelly Richmond Pope (Assistant Professor, School of Accountancy) and Rick Salisbury (Video Producer for the College of Commerce) have collaborated on creating a white-collar crime documentary project entitled, "Crossing the Line: Ordinary People Committing Extraordinary Crimes.” The 90-minute film will be completed at the end of November.
Kelly has assembled a series of short vignettes and cases created from the documentary, which DePaul faculty can use in their courses. If interested, please contact Kelly for details.
A trailer to Crossing the Line can be found here.
Practical Lecture Capture . . . . In & Out of the Classroom
5 Leading Experts from Across the United States Talk About More than A Dozen Effective Strategies For Lecture Capture
“Hear from and talk to users of lecture capture to learn how their institutions, faculty and students are using Lecture Capture software to enable teaching and learning in any venue. Experts from across the United States participate in this Customer Experience Forum. More than 5 experts and many use cases are provided during this Forum. Institutions: Cal State; University of The Sciences; University of Colorado; Concordia; Suffolk.”
- Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
- Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Chicago Time)
You can register here.
Alaa Sadik (Sultan Qaboos University) got in contact with me today and very kindly shared information about RealShow. RealShow is a software tool that he developed to help teachers record their PowerPoint-based presentations.
The software is free to use. More information can be found at:
I will be experimenting with this tool soon. Thanks Alaa!
Update (March, 2012): Eric Wolfram emailed me (thanks!) and alerted me to the fact that the embedded video is now private, and will not play.
You might recognize some DePaul students and landmarks in the video.
Quinn produced his PSA for Barrack Obama's video challenge to support the President's healthcare reform.
More information about the scholarship can be found here.
More about the winners can be found here.
The videos are brief and well designed. What I think Eddie does excellently is present the information in a conversational manner that talks directly to the audience. His theatre background comes through strongly. Each video abstracts the information by filming against a white background and synching key animation and graphics to important topics. I get the impression that Richard E. Mayer’s research and suggestions were used in the design of these videos.
The videos are freely available on YouTube. I highly recommend you check them all out.