Woodand Advisor Use of DVD: ANREP 2004

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Overview of the Woodland Advisor program's early use of digital video in classes for private forest owners. Presentation at the 2004 ANREP conference, Wheeling WV.

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Woodand Advisor Use of DVD: ANREP 2004

  1. 1. Using technology to increase program capacity: The Minnesota Woodland Advisor program’s experience with digital video delivery Eli Sagor , Michael Reichenbach, and Michael Demchik University of Minnesota Extension Service
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>About Woodland Advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Technology criteria and options </li></ul><ul><li>Production process </li></ul><ul><li>Testing and use of videos </li></ul><ul><li>Future directions </li></ul>
  3. 3. About Woodland Advisor <ul><li>Master volunteer program </li></ul><ul><li>Landowner leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-on learning </li></ul><ul><li>10 core, 5 elective modules </li></ul>
  4. 4. About Woodland Advisor <ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with local NR professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Local university presence </li></ul>
  5. 5. Statewide delivery <ul><li>Large state </li></ul><ul><li>Need for increased capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Limited instructor pool </li></ul>2003
  6. 6. Challenge: <ul><li>We’re trying to reach a large and dispersed audience. Relationships and quality of instruction are paramount. How to grow without sacrificing quality? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technology selection criteria <ul><li>High video and audio resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to display in classroom setting </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging, appealing to audience </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching materials easy to produce and modify </li></ul>
  8. 8. Technology options <ul><li>ITV / videoconference </li></ul><ul><li>DVD </li></ul><ul><li>VHS </li></ul><ul><li>Macromedia Breeze, etc (new) </li></ul>
  9. 9. ITV / videoconference <ul><li>ADVANTAGES </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time two-way communication </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple sites </li></ul><ul><li>DISADVANTAGES </li></ul><ul><li>Requires technicians </li></ul><ul><li>Lower resolution makes text bad </li></ul><ul><li>No reuse (but can record) </li></ul>
  10. 10. DVD <ul><li>ADVANTAGES </li></ul><ul><li>High resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable to produce </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable </li></ul><ul><li>Free & easy to display </li></ul><ul><li>Can reuse </li></ul><ul><li>DISADVANTAGES </li></ul><ul><li>No real-time </li></ul><ul><li>Harder to modify </li></ul><ul><li>Higher up-front production cost </li></ul>
  11. 11. VHS <ul><li>ADVANTAGES </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to DVD </li></ul><ul><li>DISADVANTAGES </li></ul><ul><li>Hard to display in class setting </li></ul><ul><li>Harder to navigate </li></ul><ul><li>Otherwise similar to DVD </li></ul>
  12. 12. DVD production process <ul><li>Extension videographer eager to learn DVD </li></ul><ul><li>Cost: $5,000 to produce 4 modules </li></ul><ul><li>EE time: Est. 8-10 hrs per 30-minute clip </li></ul><ul><li>Began with a pilot: Recreational Trail Design </li></ul>
  13. 13. Recreational Trail Design module <ul><li>Traditional lesson plan: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>60-90 min. lecture & discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>option for field visit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Modified lesson plan: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>35 min. video + discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>45 min. exercise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>option for field visit </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Pilot tests <ul><li>First tests winter 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Video and exercise very highly rated </li></ul><ul><li>But, 35 min. video too long </li></ul><ul><li>Local instructor, reduced cost </li></ul>
  15. 15. Pilot test findings <ul><li>Keep video clips short: 8-12 min </li></ul><ul><li>Mix video with discussion and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Must have good reference materials </li></ul>
  16. 16. Other videos <ul><li>In various stages of production: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wildlife management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to silviculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing specialty forest products </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Videos as part of the WA curriculum <ul><li>Videos can be one effective part of a strong program </li></ul><ul><li>Not the only part </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce classroom time, focus gatherings on field site visits? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Future directions <ul><li>Digital Media Center </li></ul><ul><li>More research on learner retention </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic investments, not all modules </li></ul><ul><li>Internet delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralized production? </li></ul><ul><li>Lease curriculum to outside groups? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Summary <ul><li>DVD works: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced delivery cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appealing to audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadens instructor’s range </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Requires real curriculum modification </li></ul><ul><li>Moving toward increased use of digital media in teaching </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Eli Sagor </li></ul><ul><li>(612) 624-6948 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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