Practice Vignette 1


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The Tools in Classroom: Technology Success Stories series is written by the Academic Technology Department of the library at City University of Seattle. Our goal is to share how our faculty are using technology in the classroom so that others can gain insight into ways they can help their own practice.

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Practice Vignette 1

  1. 1. Tools in the Classroom: Technology Success Stories Practice Vignette #1 Mark Hoover & Tegrity Lecture CaptureMark Hoover & Tegrity Lecture CaptureMark Hoover & Tegrity Lecture CaptureMark Hoover & Tegrity Lecture Capture In the ClassroomIn the ClassroomIn the ClassroomIn the Classroom Mark Hoover uses Tegrity Lecture Capture to help his students master difficult concepts in his business accounting classes. When they cover a particularly complex topic during a face-to-face meeting, Mark will follow up with a Tegrity video that demonstrates an idea or explicates a set of calculations. For example, Mark can explain where each number comes from as he adds them to an Excel spreadsheet. He can also describe the formulas the program computes, what they represent, and what they are used for in the business world. Students appreciate that they can watch these videos as many times as they need giving them ample opportunity to fully comprehend concepts they had difficulty grasping during lecture. They now regularly request videos when covering difficult topics in class. Mark often responds by making a video that night and then emailing the class to let them know they can find it in their Blackboard course. In the MakingIn the MakingIn the MakingIn the Making Mark likes to make his videos at night, when the light is less harsh in his home office. The amount of time it takes him to make a Tegrity capture equals about three times the length of the final video, since Mark will do multiple takes of the tutorial until he is happy with the results. When asked if it is difficult to redo the video several times, he answered, “Not at all.” Because Mark is describing complex formulas and ideas, he wants to make sure he comes across clearly. He also makes sure to keep his videos less than 10 minutes in length. “I think in the long ones, you lose them,” Mark says. If a concept requires more than 10 minutes to fully explain, he breaks it into segments and creates multiple videos. Mark approaches each recording not with a script, but with a clear idea of which techniques he will demonstrate. Then, he simply describes each step as he walks his students through a process in Excel. Getting StartedGetting StartedGetting StartedGetting Started Mark started using Tegrity Lecture Capture this quarter and says he picked it up quickly, with a little help from his son from his previous experience making Christmas card videos for his grandson. Mark first heard of Tegrity Lecture Capture from the Library and LRC’s academic technology coordinator, Matt Lechner. Mark expressed a desire to spend less face-to-face class time lecturing, and Matt thought Tegrity would fit this need. After talking more about what Mark wanted to accomplish, Matt added Tegrity Lecture Capture to Mark’s Blackboard courses and gave him access to a video creation practice space. Matt then sent Mark instructions about how to get started and let Mark know he was always available for additional assistance. Other than a computer and a quiet place to record, the only equipment Mark needed to get started was a webcam with a built-in microphone. He purchased a Logitech HD Webcam C270 for about $40, which he says works fine for his purposes. He remembers that Tegrity was easy to get started with, though he had to do several takes before he was happy with the results. Now, he has the process down to no more than three takes per video. SummarySummarySummarySummary Mark uses Tegrity to:Mark uses Tegrity to:Mark uses Tegrity to:Mark uses Tegrity to: • Walk his students through difficult calculations in Excel spreadsheets • Help students understand complex ideas by providing a video they can rewatch as necessary What’s needed:What’s needed:What’s needed:What’s needed: • Computer • Access to Tegrity Lecture Capture • Webcam with built -in microphone Mark keeps videos short (less than 10 minutes) to hold student attention Production time generally runs three times the length of the final video Mark Hoover