Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Media Room Best Practices 3

What to Include in the Video Presentation

Professor in front of computer recording video lecture
Professor preparing the video lecture

Introduce yourself in the video. Show your personality, if you make jokes during a face to face lecture, do your jokes in front of the microphone. Tell students your expectations and ambitions for the video lecture.
Teach students how to watch the videos. Provide a rubric for notes, explain where to find the rubric, and how to take notes. Encourage students to concentrate on the video lesson and shut down other distractions such as other websites, music, or video games. Let students know that they can watch and rewind the video as many times as necessary and that they can take notes at their own pace.
Provide the name of the lesson and explain the structure. Introduce your topic. Provide ample examples, include links and videos that are relevant to the content.
Include quizzes in the presentations for self evaluation of understanding; provide multiple opportunities to review and pass the quiz. The idea is that the students get the concept and be prepared to participate in other faces of the class such as the face to face meetings.

Create a Blog for students to get in contact with each other and to ask and answer questions related to the class. Make it clear that the blog is for specific-lesson-questions and that they should keep it short and sweet. Assign a student assistant to monitor the blog and to to consult with you regarding deleting or hiding entries not directly related to class.

Require students to bring the notes to class and offer points for completion

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Media Room Best Practices 2

Selecting One Screencast Application 

Captivate logo
Camtasia Studio logo

By learning one specific application, you will have more time to concentrate on the content of your lesson.

Once you are familiar with one of the applications, create a standard set of option for your screencasts that include: Screen size and cursor options. Be aware of the different sizes and resolutions.

Use the same settings for 
the Slide Presentation and the Screencast Program
Be aware of the recording area.  
Practice mouse movements, clicks, and navigation. 
Take your time with mouse movements. Slower moves look better.
Stop over an area to emphasize, hover for a second before moving away.

Have patience, you may need to do a few takes before a comfortable flow of actions is achieved.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Media Room Best Practices 1

Media Room Video Guide

Media Room equipment

Before you start your session make yourself familiar with the equipment.
Learn valuable information regarding the equipment and software used in this room by accessing the Media Room guide via Internet 

on your laptop or tablet

If you are using an iPad use this website

If you get a message telling you that the connection to the server is lost,
click CANCEL to start the presentation

 Keep this video handy in case you need extra help when you use 
 the Media Room 

Use the designated Media Room Account on the computer:

For Mac, log in by typing Recording Account in the NAME Box; be aware of the spacing between the words.
The Password is Mediaroom298 all one word with a capital M.

For PC, log in by typing ATCLECCAP-W7\Recording Account in the NAME Box, be aware of the spacing between the words.
The Password is Mediaroom298 all one word with a capital M.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Media Room

The Academic Technology Center ATC, is please to announce the opening of the Media Room. Using state of the art audio and lighting equipment, the mini studio is located at Pollack Library South 298A. You will find two computers in the room one Mac and one PC. Both computers are loaded with Camtasia Studio, Adobe Captivate, Snagit, and Microsoft Office. 

The Media Room is available 
Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and 
Fridays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Claudia Acosta, ATC Instructional Design and Technology specialist is available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm to answer your questions and to guide you in the use of the equipment and software in the Media Room. Please contact Claudia at extension 3547 or at the ATC PLS-237.

Picture of the Media Room, desk, mac, pc, mic, lights, backdrop
Media Room

Picture of the Yeti microphone in between the PC and the Mac
Yeti Microphone

Picture of the Plantronics headphones being plugged into the Mac USB connector
Plantronics Headphones

Picture of the Mac and PC set up in the Media Room
Teacher showing the Computers (Mac and PC)