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Tools in the Classroom: Technology Success StoriesPractitioner Vignette #1Mark Hoover & Tegrity Lecture CaptureMark Hoover...
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Practitioner Vignette 1


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The Tools in Classroom: Technology Success Stories series is written by the Academic Technology Department of the library at City University of Seattle. Our goal is to share how our faculty are using technology in the classroom so that others can gain insight into ways they can help their own practice.

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Practitioner Vignette 1

  1. 1. Tools in the Classroom: Technology Success StoriesPractitioner Vignette #1Mark Hoover & Tegrity Lecture CaptureMark Hoover & Tegrity Lecture CaptureMark Hoover & Tegrity Lecture CaptureMark Hoover & Tegrity Lecture CaptureIn the ClassroomIn the ClassroomIn the ClassroomIn the ClassroomMark Hoover uses Tegrity Lecture Capture to help his students masterdifficult concepts in his business accounting classes. When they cover aparticularly complex topic during a face-to-face meeting, Mark will follow upwith a Tegrity video that demonstrates an idea or explicates a set of calculations.For example, Mark can explain where each number comes from as he adds themto an Excel spreadsheet. He can also describe the formulas the programcomputes, what they represent, and what they are used for in the businessworld. Students appreciate that they can watch these videos as many times asthey need giving them ample opportunity to fully comprehend concepts theyhad difficulty grasping during lecture. They now regularly request videos whencovering difficult topics in class. Mark often responds by making a video thatnight and then emailing the class to let them know they can find it in theirBlackboard course.In the MakingIn the MakingIn the MakingIn the MakingMark likes to make his videos at night, when the light is less harsh in hishome office. The amount of time it takes him to make a Tegrity capture equalsabout three times the length of the final video, since Mark will do multipletakes of the tutorial until he is happy with the results. When asked if it isdifficult to redo the video several times, he answered, “Not at all.” BecauseMark is describing complex formulas and ideas, he wants to make sure he comesacross clearly. He also makes sure to keep his videos less than 10 minutes inlength. “I think in the long ones, you lose them,” Mark says. If a conceptrequires more than 10 minutes to fully explain, he breaks it into segments andcreates multiple videos. Mark approaches each recording not with a script, butwith a clear idea of which techniques he will demonstrate. Then, he simplydescribes each step as he walks his students through a process in Excel.Getting StartedGetting StartedGetting StartedGetting StartedMark started using Tegrity Lecture Capture this quarter and says hepicked it up quickly, with a little help from his son from his previous experiencemaking Christmas card videos for his grandson. Mark first heard of TegrityLecture Capture from the Library and LRC’s academic technology coordinator,Matt Lechner. Mark expressed a desire to spend less face-to-face class timelecturing, and Matt thought Tegrity would fit this need. After talking moreabout what Mark wanted to accomplish, Matt added Tegrity Lecture Capture toMark’s Blackboard courses and gave him access to a video creation practicespace. Matt then sent Mark instructions about how to get started and let Markknow he was always available for additional assistance.Other than a computer and a quiet place to record, the only equipmentMark needed to get started was a webcam with a built-in microphone. Hepurchased a Logitech HD Webcam C270 for about $40, which he says worksfine for his purposes. He remembers that Tegrity was easy to get started with,though he had to do several takes before he was happy with the results. Now,he has the process down to no more than three takes per video.SummarySummarySummarySummaryMark uses Tegrity to:Mark uses Tegrity to:Mark uses Tegrity to:Mark uses Tegrity to:• Walk his studentsthrough difficultcalculations inExcel spreadsheets• Help studentsunderstandcomplex ideas byproviding a videothey can rewatch asnecessaryWhat’s needed:What’s needed:What’s needed:What’s needed:• Computer• Access to TegrityLecture Capture• Webcam with built-in microphoneMark keeps videosshort (less than 10minutes) to holdstudent attentionProduction timegenerally runs threetimes the length of thefinal videoMark Hoover