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Video and Multimedia for Teaching


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A short workshop and demonstration on using multimedia for teaching and learning. Includes instruction on the use of Camtasia and Snag-It.

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Video and Multimedia for Teaching

  1. 1. Video and Multimedia for Teaching ANASTASIA TREKLES, PH.D.
  2. 2. Why Do We Love Video? • It can demonstrate, explicate, and illustrate in ways that text and pictures alone often can’t • It’s usually the next best thing to being there • It can reinforce important points to make them that much clearer • It can help students who process information better with visuals and/or audio
  3. 3. Mayer’s Multimedia Principles • Multimedia effect: words and pictures are more powerful than words alone • Continuity: related words and pictures should be near each other onscreen • Personalization: students learn better from more informal, conversational styles • Coherence: Extraneous or “nice to know” information does not help student learning • Modality: Students learn better when their visual channel is not overloaded (words as speech rather than onscreen text)
  4. 4. Implementing the Principles • Be yourself and keep things light • Use voice to reinforce any onscreen text • Use still pictures and video as much as possible and where appropriate • Keep it short and meaningful (<12 minutes per segment) • Tie activities to the video if it’s important that they watch – otherwise, it might get skipped
  5. 5. What About Students Who Don’t Have Access at Home? • Provide transcripts and/or lecture notes (this is essential for ADA accessibility!) • Provide downloads of videos or other learning materials on a thumb drive or CD/DVD • Recommend to students places to study on and off-campus, such as in an open computer lab, the cafeteria, or a local coffee shop • Use tools that allow for media to be accessed and/or downloaded onto mobile devices that students may very well have available to them, like smartphones and iPads
  6. 6. Captioning Best Practices • Captions should be onscreen long enough to be read • Limit to no more than two lines • Synchronize as well as possible with the spoken word • Punctuation and italics can clarify meaning • Describe sound effects when they convey meaning • All actual words are captioned
  7. 7. Tools for Captioning • There are several tools available to help you caption videos you produce • Camtasia has captioning built-in • YouTube has online caption editing services • Subtitle Workshop is a free tool that allows you to write or import captions to almost any type of video
  8. 8. Camtasia • Capture what you are doing on the screen, plus webcam and audio • Full editing, very flexible • Published video can be viewed on multiple devices • Assess understanding with built-in quizzing • Overview:
  9. 9. Getting Camtasia for Home and Office • Purdue has a university license for you to have Camtasia in your office and on your home machine (Mac and Windows) • Visit to download the license request form and wait approximately 24-48 hours for response • You will be able to download from a secure Filelocker the Camtasia version of your choice, along with SnagIt – a great tool for capturing and editing still, single-frame screen captures
  10. 10. Camtasia Interface
  11. 11. Recording
  12. 12. Editing
  13. 13. • You can also annotate and mark up screenshots for printed handouts with arrows, text, etc • See http://www.techsmith.c om/tutorial-snagit-current. html for complete list of written and video tutorials for Snag-It Snag-It • Designed to take and annotate screenshots and basic screen video • Capture is simple to use and always available from the little red “camera” at the top of your screen: http://www.techsmith.c om/tutorial-snagit-using- all-in-one-capture. html
  14. 14. Snag-It Interface
  15. 15. Getting Along with Camtasia • Great resource: • PNC website: jing/ • Custom Media with SnagIt and Camtasia: Camtasia_Studio_8.1_Create_Library_M edia.pdf • Tips for engaging screencasts: Camtasia_Studio_8.1_Create_Engaging _Screencasts.pdf
  16. 16. Publish It! • YouTube (free – time limited) • Google Drive (free) • (space limited without paying) • Save as MP4 and use through Kaltura in BlackBoard (can be slow with large files)
  17. 17. Resources • Mayer’s multimedia theory: http://www.learning-theories. com/cognitive-theory-of-multimedia-learning- mayer.html • Common but questionable principles of multimedia learning: ive_common.pdf • 10 Tools to Flip Your Class (tip: most are screen-capture related!): -tools-to-help-you-flip-your.html
  18. 18. Flipped Classroom Resources • Flipped classroom design: design.html • Flipped class best practices: practices-andrew-miller • Flipped classroom in math: classroom-wsqing-into-twirls--2
  19. 19. Thanks! Reach us at: • • Twitter and Facebook: @PNCOLT • for all workshop notes, links, and training needs