Asked to find new ways of delivering information to new students. Numbers of students increasingly making face to face library tours unmanageable in some subject areas.
Also an alternative for students who can’t or don’t want to come to a tour Combined with the overload of information in the first week – something accessible at other times
Information which can be distributed before the students enrol, before they’re bombarded with information
Engaging, non-text format
Getting started website – phase one Summer 2013 drew up a list of FAQs Reduce the amount of text, make it as straightforward as possible, no jargon = FAQs based on the things that people needed most Concertina menus
Which Library? How do I get online? Finding books etc Getting help Electronic resources Finding info on my subject Printing, scanning etc
Concertina menu, tried to keep text to a minimum. Links to more information on other parts of the website
Alternative to text resources – send out prior to enrolment, alternative to face to face, revisit when needed
2014 – questionnaire to try and find out how effective our face to face library tours are, if we should carry on doing them, if students would prefer that information delivered in a different way
What did people think they needed to know, and what did they find most useful, and how did they want it delivered?
Survey results – what do they want to know? From this came up with a long list of topics, prioritised
Echo 360 – based on the Lecture Capture system Software – imovie / ipad / iphone
Made a pilot (intro to subject collection) using imovie app on an ipad which encouraged our IT team to invest in new laptops with Camtasia
Camtasia – what it does Can upload ipda / iphone video footage and still pics and integrate with screen capture recordings Intuitive editing timeline – drag and drop elements Non-destructive, so can easily go back and make edits and updates when systems change
Decided not to have voice over so had to search for some copyright free music
Search by genre – instrumental / soundtrack section Creative commons licensing – non-commercial, some allow you to adapt, some don’t allow any versions
All available for use for non-commercial purposes, varying degrees of cc licencing
Cross search public photography archives – all ‘no known copyright restrictions’ either through having expired, or institutions not interested in exerciseing control
Selection of participating institutions
Sample images – ‘science’
Creative commons film archives
Rick Prelinger and The Internet Archive hereby offer public domain films from Prelinger Archives to all for free downloading and reuse.
You tube playlist as part of the UCL Lib Services channel
Embed in various parts of the website, wherever relevant Designed to be as versatile as possible – work on all devices No voice over so can be used with no sound (in library on big LED screens), text to be bold to work on both handheld devices and look bold on big screens
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Software / hardware
• Moodle quizzes and lessons (can only exist in the
VLE, not sophisticated)
• Echo 360 (Lecture Capture – limited editing and
effects, talking heads)
• Jing (free, less versatile version of Camtasia. No
editing. Uses Flash – not Apple compliant)
• iMovie (iPad app using built in iPad camera.
Excellent editing but no screencast facility)
• Screencast-o-matic (free, web based, limited
editing but very simple)
• Camtasia (screen cast plus sophisticated editing,
import movie files from other devices)