This presentation provides some background as to how to establish an environment in a community college setting in which faculty are empowered to create and edit their own content without the need for additional assistance.
YouTube, not WeTube: Empowering Instructors to Create and Deploy Media
YouTube, not WeTube:
Empowering Instructors to Create
and Deploy Media
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN COORDINATOR
COLLEGE OF THE CANYONS
SANTA CLARITA, CA
The reason for this presentation
At our school, many faculty expressed a hesitance to
creating media because of:
Lack of support staff
Fear of the time it will take
Worry about doing it “right”
Objective: to introduce methods and strategies by
which an individual faculty member can successfully
create valuable content for students without any
The Myths: Are They True?
I don’t have time to set up the camera and tripod
every day I teach to capture my full lecture.
I need to produce quality recorded content, so my
amateur filming with a camcorder won’t cut it.
Where’s my lapel microphone?
I teach five classes. I just don’t have time to edit the
content I produce and make it available to students
in the same term.
The Assumed Equipment – Do you need all this?
Professional video camera, possibly HD
Lapel mic for quality audio
Audio/visual staff (perhaps) to do the filming
Audio/visual staff (perhaps) to do the editing
And, in the words of James Hutton, famous
geologist, “time, immeasurable time”
If your school has all these resources: great!
Many schools do not
Instructors have to do it on their own
Based on previous description, very difficult
What do the students need?
Do students expect a studio-quality production?
Do student benefit from this quality, or does it take away?
Full lecture video (math)
Short lesson on linear equations (math)
Don’t think about the presenters in these videos nor
the topic. Focus instead on the delivery methods
Is there a Better…Is there a Worse?
Questions to ask yourself?
Which videos did effective teaching?
Did the “professional” recording of the lecture serve as a better
teaching tool than the screen capture recording?
Which video required more resources (likely)?
From Problem to Solution
At our school, we have limited resources
1 Instructional Designer (me), spending much of my time
training and meeting individually with faculty…not much
Small, helpful A/V staff; calendar full
Larger, also helpful computer support staff; calendar still full
Though we could piece it together for a video occasionally, it’s
tough to get all these resources on a frequent basis for
Solving the problem: find a way to get each faculty to
be confident enough to make content alone!
Portable audio recorder
(Olympus audio recorders)
Audacity (free audio editing
Camtasia (screen capture;
application for Windows
The Production Steps
We’ll use audio as an example.
Record (with tripod if you like)
Upload (easy to do with Flip or portable audio
The Editing Steps
May or may not need to edit
What kinds of editing?
Basic splitting of clips and reorganizing content
Full on sound editing, adding still images to clip, etc.
How do you choose?
Media becomes more “live”
Are there advantages to creating more spontaneous content?
Avoid having to work out schedule conflicts with the
rest of the staff
Let’s try this out…
Quick audio recording
Edit, if you like
Put into online course
Finding me and this presentation
Instructional Design Coordinator
College of the Canyons
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