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Xtranormal Presentation Rutgers Online Learning conference-01-13


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Xtranormal presentation at Rutgers Online Learning Conference, 1/17/13

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Xtranormal Presentation Rutgers Online Learning conference-01-13

  1. 1. Using Xtranormal Videos to Enhance Hybrid and Online Courses Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management and Professor II Rutgers Cooperative Extension
  2. 2. Personal Introduction• Professor II and Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management• Rutgers Cooperative Extension employee for 34 years• CFP® for 28 years• Teach undergraduate Personal Finance class• Twitter handle: moneytalk1
  3. 3. Four Workshop Objectives• Explain use of Xtranormal videos• Demonstrate sample Xtranormal videos• Discuss how to make an Xtranormal video• Have participants start writing an Xtranormal video script
  4. 4. Virtual World Educational Content• How many are familiar with Second Life?• How many regularly use Second Life?• How many are familiar with Xtranormal?• How many have made Xtranormal videos?
  5. 5. Virtual Learning Platforms Second Life Xtranormal • Users access content• Requires users to be through online able to access and use searching or links sent Second life to them• Good for in-depth • Good for short content content “sound bites” of 2-3 minutes• Requires payment for • Requires payment to land, clothes, etc. publish videos (Linden dollars) (Xtranormal XP points)
  6. 6. Second Life Introduction (Second Life World Map) Extension Morrill Island)
  7. 7. Xtranormal Introduction•• (training videos)• (Xtranormal for educational use)
  8. 8. Three Uses for Xtranormal Videos• Teach concepts and promote use of educational materials• Provide case studies for staff training• Student-created videos as class assignment
  9. 9. #1. Teach Concepts and PromoteEducational Materials• Rutgers Cooperative Extension Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ program:• “SSHW encourages people to make positive behavior changes to simultaneously improve their health and personal finances” (elevator statement)• Second edition book coming in February 2013See
  10. 10. SSHW Video
  11. 11. 2. Provide Case Studies for Staff Training• Used in training New York Public Library staff about financial education resources• Short videos (approx. 2-3 minutes) featuring a library staffer and patron• Ends with a question posed to the library staffer• Segue to group discussion
  12. 12. Program Overview Money Matters– Information Not Advice: A NYPL Staff Training Program• Series of 11 NYPL staff training workshops• Offered in Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island• Online content: Leader’s Guide and e-Learning Modules
  13. 13. Money Matters ObjectiveTo help build skills and confidence to helppatrons to access timely, accurate, andtrustworthy information about personal finance. This project was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  14. 14. NYPL Staff Role: Information Not AdviceGiving information lets someone know what the optionsare so he/she can make a decision about the best courseof action.Giving advice is telling another person what he/she shoulddo. It may send an unspoken message that the listener isnot capable of making his/her own decisions, but needs tobe told what to do.
  15. 15. Money Matters Pro Web Site• URL:• Includes all resources developed for NYPL staff training (PowerPoints, handouts, resource lists, etc.)• Xtranormal video link is included in each training module
  16. 16. Xtranormal Video Use in Training• Used in training NYPL staff about answering patron questions using financial education resources• Short videos (approx. 2-3 minutes) featuring a library staffer and patron• Ends with a “resource” question posed to the library staffer• Segues to a group discussion
  17. 17. Sample Xtranormal VideosInvesting 1: 2: for College: 1: 2: Theft:
  18. 18. 3. Student Created XtranormalVideos• Personal Finance class (DAFRE elective undergraduate class) Web site:• Financial Case Study Analysis assignment: study.html• Capstone activity: integrates entire semester’s content: topics, financial analysis tools, etc.• Teams of 3-4 students; requires both a paper and a presentation
  19. 19. Financial Case Study Presentation: Make Me Say WOW!• Straight PowerPoint Presentation (bare minimum)• Poems• Fairy Tale: finance-class-group-case-study-project-slides-1211• Skits• Xtranormal Videos
  20. 20. Xtranormal Video Case Study Presentation• Case Study Scenario:• Financial Advice:
  21. 21. Xtranormal AccountsXtranormal Account User Name: moneytalkBMOComing soon….grant-funded projects• Xtranormal videos to promote America Saves Week 2013 (freestanding and linked to from social media)• Xtranormal videos to train military financial counselors (NIFA-DoD grant)
  22. 22. Start Your Videos With a Plan!• Xtranormal video title• Number and types of characters• Key content concepts (2-3)• Key marketing concepts (2-3)• Title slide text content (e.g., organization Web link, mission statement, meaningful quotation )
  23. 23. How to Make Xtranormal Videos• Set up Xtranormal account with username and password – Go to and click “Sign Up” – Get 300 free points• Decide on video title and content• Click “Create”• Pick a “collection” (unique style of actors and sets); select 1 actor or two actors• Select a set• Choose actors and their voices
  24. 24. How to Make an Xtranormal Video• Add background sounds (optional)• Enter dialogue (prepare in advance…or not)• Add animations and camera angles (or use “auto cameras”)• Add title bubble at end for branding and credits• Listen to test dialog changes• Preview to test audio and video• Publish when complete; pay points when needed
  25. 25. Xtranormal (XP) Points• 300 free XP at sign-up to publish first video• Sold in bundles; various points plans – 1,200 XP for $10 – 15,000 XP for $50 – 40,000 XP for $100 – 80,000 XP for $150• Purchase with credit card or PayPal• Also professional and educator plans• “Points bar” at top of user’s page tells number of points needed to publish video and how many left
  26. 26. Helpful Things to Know• Xtranormal has excellent tutorials with screen shots:• Simple words are best – Example: “maybe” instead of “possibly”• Spell words out as they are pronounced – Example: Four oh one kay plan for 401(k) plan• Video previews take a LONG time to load
  27. 27. More Helpful Things to Know• Published videos are saved in “My Stuff”• Can click a button to publish video on YouTube• Can publish a simple video in < 300 XP points – Purchase “assets” (sets and actors) – Can reuse actors & sets previously paid for• Expect some “intonation issues” (like a GPS)• Can view video dialogue in preview mode
  28. 28. Still More Helpful Things to Know• Review the 10 camera angles and make a list of what they show (before you start) OR use auto cameras• Beware: commas can = awkward pauses• Can edit published videos – Requires additional XP points• DON’T copy and paste text from Word – Underlying Word commands leave awkward pauses – Use Notepad or just type directly into text boxes
  29. 29. Let’s Start YOUR Xtranormal Video• Video presentation or student assignment – What do you want to teach or promote?• Two Characters• A few rounds of dialogue between characters
  30. 30. Comments? Questions?• Go forth and create powerful Xtranormal videos• Create videos yourself or have your students create them• Write Xtranormal video point costs into grant applications• Make content presentations fun!• Be Xtraordinary!