Using rich media in teaching: big ideas, simple steps

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  • 1. Using rich media in teaching: Big ideas, simple steps Terese Bird tmb10@le.ac.uk Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow Institute of Learning Innovation East Midlands Deanery VLE Day, 22 March 2013www.le.ac.uk
  • 2. What will we talk about?• Big ideas – learning design• Comparing the formats• Text• Sound• Video• Interactive
  • 3. What are you hoping to learn today? Photo by shaun wong on Flickr
  • 4. Big ideas – learning design (Conole, 2013)
  • 5. Big ideas – learning design
  • 6. Big ideas – learning design
  • 7. What format for content?• It’s usually faster to read than to listen or watch• A picture paints a thousand words• Photos can mislead• More is communicated by voice than just the words (Nie, Armellini, Witthaus, & Barkland, 2010)• Video: some things must be demonstrated• Interactivity encourages exploration
  • 8. Mobile is important• In mid-2012, 51% of UK citizens owned a smartphone (The Paypers, 2012)• 14% of adults in Europe owned tablet in 2012 (Lomas, 2013)• 35% of UoL Medical School 3rd years own an iPad Photo by mike cogh on Flickr
  • 9. What format for content?Medium Positives NegativesText •Speed •Flat •Pre-existing material •Does not communicate emotionImage •Much communicated in •Can be misleading a single simple package without contextSound •More communicated by •Not seen as flashy as voice than just words video? •Convenient for multitasking •Smaller file than videoVideo •Most info •Bulky and padded communicated •Demands attention •Great for demonstrating skills
  • 10. Text – think ebooks!• PDF with appropriate images• iBooks Author – PDF and .ibook (iPad) formats• Free with latest Mac OS• Print to PDF – it’s beautiful• For the .ibook formats – can include video
  • 11. Take advantage of iBooks Author
  • 12. Take advantage of iBooks Author • Free with latest Mac OS • Saves as pdf and text
  • 13. Now make an epub• Copy and paste the text into Pages.• Add photos.• Add video if you’re sure the devices can handle it – iOS: iBooks – Android: Kobo, Ibis Reader• Let it flow!• Tips: Only inline. No floating objects.
  • 14. Calibre• Take a Word doc• Save as html• Import into Calibre• Save as epub or mobi• Pdf to epub doesn’t really work• Also try epubbud.com
  • 15. Picture books!• Just use simple pdf!!!• Brilliant results!• Maps, drawings, images
  • 16. Handy guide to ebooksFile format What device positives negativespdf Everything Runs on Does not flow, everything does not take advantage of the device’s powerepub Everything but Flows, takes Kindle advantage of the devices’s power Open source, somewhat futureproofmobi Kindle Kindle is big Kindle only.ibooks Apple iBooks only Beautiful & easy Apple iBooks only iPad is market leader
  • 17. Photo by milomingo on FlickrHandy guide to Flickr images
  • 18. Sound• Why sound? – Copyright is easier – recorded lectures – File size is smaller – Listeners can do something else at the same time – No bad hair days – staff like it! – Voice communicates more than the printed word – Effective and easy way to close distance
  • 19. How?• Audacity• Garageband• Window Sound Recorder• But please save as mp3 (wma and wav are dead)• And apps!!!...
  • 20. Audioboo• Like YouTube for sound• Record in browser• Attract comments in browser• Or simply upload• RSS out, iTunes out  it’s like magic• Can send these to Apple if you like• 5-minute sound limit
  • 21. Soundcloud• A bit more socially aware• The app lets you record so good for students to record their own stuff and post up• Very intuitive• Longer sound limit
  • 22. Examples of use• Audio feedback – increased marks & retention http://www.le.ac.uk/duckling• Voice discussions• Audioboo – Field use – listen to teacher’s description of a flower, student audio-records her own comments and findings• Student can record, using Audioboo for iPhone (don’t use iPad app yet)
  • 23. Lecture podcast series on iTunes U
  • 24. Video• How many of you have made a YouTube video?
  • 25. YouTube facts• 10 minute limit• Great to embed into Moodle• Comments are a mixed blessing• Good statistics• Use branding if you make one• Not too easy to download the video
  • 26. How to embed YouTube into Moodle• In YouTube, click Share – Embed – to get code
  • 27. How to embed YouTube into Moodle• In Moodle, select Compose a web page,• Change to html, paste in embed code
  • 28. How to embed a Vimeo or YouTube videointo your website• This video on ScreenR will show you: http://www.screenr.com/fiF7
  • 29. Vimeo• Longer video than YouTube• Much less junk• Pretty much just as easy to do• Downloadable
  • 30. ScreenR
  • 31. Recorded lectures• Record the face or just the slides?• Streaming or download?• Automatic enterprise, or one-by-one?• Huge server space required, expensive• Students like them to revise, good for language issues
  • 32. Editing movies – keep it simple• iMovie – free with Mac – saves as .mov, .mp4• Windows MovieMaker – but doesn’t save as mp4• Only go to Final Cut Express if you have to! – Bleeped out sounds – Fuzzed out faces – A cut-out logo floating over the image
  • 33. Narrated presentation• Screen capture software: QuickTime, Camtasia, iShowU, or ScreenR• Speak out your presentation and record, save as a .mov file or .mp4• Put on YouTube or Vimeo or iTunes U, link from there into Moodle• Slideshare – load presentation, add narration, link from there into Moodle
  • 34. Easy interactive• Internally-linked Powerpoint, save as pdf• Prezi
  • 35. MSc in Learning Innovation
  • 36. Thank you!!!• Conole, G. (2013). The 7Cs of Learning Design. SlidesharePresentation. Retrieved March 21, 2013, from http://www.slideshare.net/GrainneConole/7-cs-learningdesignmooc• Lomas, N. (2013). Forrester: Tablet Ownership In Europe To Rise 4x In 5 Years — 55% Of Region’s Online Adults Will Own One By 2017, Up From 14% In 2012 | TechCrunch. TechCrunch Website. Retrieved February 27, 2013, from http://techcrunch.com/2013/02/20/forrester-tablet-ownership-in-europe-to-rise-4x-in-5-years-55-o• Nie, M., Armellini, A., Witthaus, G., & Barkland, K. (2010). Delivering University Curricula: Knowledge, Learning and INnovation Gains — University of Leicester. Leicester. Retrieved from http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/beyond-distance-research- alliance/projects/duckling• ThePaypers. (2012). The Paypers. Insights in payments. Retrieved January 3, 2013, from http://www.thepaypers.com/news/mobile-payments/smartphone-adoption-in-uk-reaches- 51-students-lead-the-way/747745-16