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SeLCont: Synchronised e-Learning Content

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SeLCont: Synchronised e-Learning Content

  1. 1. Mary Grammatikou mary@netmode.ntua.gr EDUCON Conference, Tenerife, April2018 SeLCont: Synchronized e-Learning Content
  2. 2. On-line Synchronized Lectures • On-line Lectures include: • Video • Slides (PowerPoint/PDF) • Internet screenshots (Browsing) • Annotations on slides • Benefits to the presenter: • Use of standard equipment in most lecture halls (web camera, projector) • Instructor laptop/tablet with pre-installed SeLCont time-stamp recorder • Minimal video post-processing (optional) • On-line storage: Simple pre-formatted web-page, links to video service e.g. YouTube • Benefit to the end-user (e.g. student): • Retrieval as a URL link in any web browser, no need for any add-on • Transparent adjustment to any device (smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops)
  3. 3. Synchronization Process in three Steps 1st Step: Lecture delivery & recording 2nd Step: Post-processing 3rd Step: Publishing of final result
  4. 4. 1st Step: Lecture Delivery & Recording • Video-audio recording • Using common lecture hall equipment • May also capture hand-written notes on a blackboard/whiteboard • Recording of support material from presenter’s laptop/tablet • Slides (PowerPoint/PDF) • Internet screens and other browser screenshots • Annotations produced on presenter laptop/tablet • Timestamps recorded in a SeLCont file • Synchronization of screenshots within video – audio stream • Timestamps generated on PrtScn or Spacebar or PgUp – PgDn or arrow keys via a light SeLCont Python script (downloaded in the presenter’s Windows laptop)
  5. 5. 2nd Step: Post-Processing • Optional simple video editing of recorded video file (e.g. in MP4) using off-the shelf editors (e.g. Camtasia, Wondershare, OpenShot…) • Uploading of (edited) video in a video provider cloud (e.g. YouTube)
  6. 6. 3rd Step: Publishing of Final Result • Development of lecture web page, preferably via a Content Management System - CMS (e.g. WordPress) • Data entry in pre-formatted web form of lecture-specific info: • Lecture title, Keywords, Presenter • Video URL (in video cloud, e.g. YouTube) • Presentation file (PowerPoint/PDF) • Screenshots (timestamps) to be synchronized with the video stream • Final check & uploading of SeLCont lecture via its URL
  7. 7. SeLCont Lecture Web-page Technical Highlights HTML5: HTML5 video player (JWPlayer) JavaScript: Using jQuery Responsive: Bootstrap framework Synchronization: Automatic or user controlled via thumbnails associated with screenshots below video sub-frame
  8. 8. Potential SeLCont Users SeLCont as a product to be used by: • Professors • Teachers • Presenters • Web site owners delivering on-line synchronized multimedia content SeLCont as a service to lecture-providing organizations: • Schools • Universities • Research Institutes • Companies organizing lectures, seminars, presentations
  9. 9. Conclusions • SeLCont is an open source, user friendly lecture recording toolkit that stores and reproduces synchronized multimedia content: Lecture streams and accompanying material (slides, desktop screenshots). • It enables end-users (students) to retrieve on demand via the Internet pre-recorded lectures from a Web browser in her/his Laptop or Tablet or Smartphone without any add-ons. • It is an easy to use toolkit, which provides significant degrees of freedom in indexing, selecting and editing of recorded lectures. • Due to its implementation as a WordPress plugin, SeLCont can be easily integrated to any LMS that implements the LTI standard. • It can be used as a standalone platform or integrated within a learning ecosystem like Up2U so that end-users can further profit from digital advances in education.
  10. 10. The SeLCont Initiative • Development: Network Management & Optimal Design Laboratory (NETMODE), School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA): www.netmode.ntua.gr • SeLCont S/W: Wordpress plugin & Windows screen capturing tool. Also available in https://github.com/netmode/selcont under GNU GPL • Partial support: Up2University H2020 Research & Innovation EU Project, www.learn.up2university.eu • Partial support: Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (ICCS) www.iccs.gr • Partial support: NTUA Unit for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (ΜΟΚΕ) www.mke.ntua.gr • In collaboration with: NTUA Network Operations Center (NTUA NOC) www.noc.ntua.gr • Complementarity: NTUA Academic Open Courses (NTUA AOC) www.aoc.ntua.gr
  11. 11. Thank You!

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