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Lessons from Class Recording & Publishing of Eight Online Courses


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Lessons from Class Recording & Publishing of Eight Online Courses

  1. 1. Workshop on e-learning in Higher Education Birzeit University, Palestine 1 Lessons Learned from Class Recording & Publishing of Eight Online Courses 6th December, 2014 Mustafa Jarrar Sina Institute, Birzeit University, Palestine
  2. 2. 2 There are an assortment of e-learning methods. Here, I introduce and explain one method, Class Recording
  3. 3. 3 My Online Courses On Data/Knowledge/Language/Web Engineering Web Data Management, Knowledge Engineering Advanced Artificial Intelligence Artificial Intelligence Data and Process Modeling Data Integration and Open Information Systems Ontology engineering and Lexical Semantics Discrete Mathematics
  4. 4. 4 Remark before starting! Palestinian students might be the most active (world wide) on Internet! Palestinian people love watching than reading! (Political reasons) in many cases: Israelis prevent Palestinian students from reaching classes.
  5. 5. 5 At the beginning I was worried that people would see my jokes, my mistakes, my weakness …. … but I found people enjoyed these jokes and mistakes People said this is what made my videos natural and enjoyable.
  6. 6. 6 What is in it for me, the professor? I started to record the Knowledge Engineering course, (which I invented from scratch and have a passion for). Pleased with the results, I then ended up recording 7 other courses. Afterwards, I found that:  Each course came to be my product/baby (a wonderful feeling)!  Recording is a way to help my protect my teaching material.  Easiest way to prepare a lecture = watch myself last year.  Easiest way to improve my course = watch myself last year.  Easiest way to write a text book = watch myself last year.
  7. 7. 7 What is in it for students? Patterns of Usage: When/Why students watch online lectures:  To watch missed lectures.  To watch before classes to prepare.  Lookup things they don’t understand.  Watch topics from prerequisite courses.  External students use it as tutorials.  Learn from lectures in the convenience of their own homes. I tried to ask students to watch the lecture before coming, so that I can go deeper in f2f classes, but they resisted, I don’t do this anymore.
  8. 8. 8 What is in it for the University Promotion for the University:  Receiving emails daily from students worldwide: to thank, follow, engage, etc.  Many PhD students use video lectures as tutorials - little in YouTube are made as courses.
  9. 9. 9 What is in it for the University Class Recording Quality Assurance! If I am aware that my lecture will be recorded, I’ll exhibit:  Better preparation in the topic.  Better time management.  Better preparation for the Teaching Scenario  Better teaching material/slides.  ... Among other things! Typically, people watch others’ online courses, to learn and improve their own lectures.
  10. 10. 10 Many other advantages!!! Class Recording should be in the education ecosystem
  11. 11. 11 How does this benefit the university? Recommendation to bootstrap the culture: Each department should start recording one of its courses every semester. In one or two years, most courses will also be recorded.
  12. 12. 12 Teaching Methods in Class Recording Recording solve-on-board classes verses illustration-oriented courses?  Be innovative in the way you prepare slides! In my Discrete Math course, questions are clearly written and projected on the board, where I then write!
  13. 13. 13 Some Tips on Class Recording  Give better titles/annotations to the videos.  Brief idea of the topics at the beginning of the lecture.  Short videos (10-15, or max 20 minutes) apiece.  If students ask questions, try to repeat their questions aloud.  Avoid excessively long discussions with students.  Publish slides with the videos  Give the slides to students to take notes on them before the lecture.  Bring your full energy when teaching!!
  14. 14. 14 Some Tips on Class Recording  Don't cover the slides when teaching.  Stay present in the screen all/most of the time.  Look to the camera sometimes. 40%  Video Format: Preferred file types to upload to YouTube are Quicktime (.mov) and MPEG (.mp4)  Aspect Ratio: Camera’s native aspect ratio without letter boxing (example: 16:9 video for a 16:9 camera)  Resolution: High Definition video at either 1280x720, 1920x1080, or higher. Video must be at least 1280x720 to be designated high definition within YouTube.
  15. 15. 15 Issues from Equipment Lights on face Lighting problems Much better Quality is very important, but perfection is not necessary!
  16. 16. 16 Work as a team with your students Encourage best students (and train them) to help you:  One to Install the equipment.  One to operate the camera.  One to upload videos  …. But this not easy! At the beginning student will try to avoid you, but they will come to enjoy playing an active role.
  17. 17. 17 Facebook Groups for each Course  All students are always online, quickly responses!  Sharing external knowledge!  Excellent way for discussion!  Archive of the course activities!  Students ask and reply to each other (less work for me) …
  18. 18. 18 Feedback from Students Keep asking students their opinion during the course! Also, give a bonce question in exams
  19. 19. 19 e-Learning Methodologies Stanford Model Top professors recording their many courses “Khan Academy” Model Social-oriented: People volunteer to record what they know about anything! Can we merge the two models and apply this within universities ?  Encore to record classes and contribute to the teaching process!
  20. 20. 20 Finally Nothing is Magic here! Start gradually, don’t keep talking about it! Involve Students in all aspects. We need help from the Media Dept to improve recording! x . BadOffLineProfessor(x)  BadOnLineProfessor(x) To learn presentation skills in teaching, watch:
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