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Mobile learning 1st march 2012


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Mobile learning 1st march 2012

  1. 1. The design of a mobile learning application forveterinary students1st March 2011LIDCNick Short RVC 2012
  2. 2. The Challenge• Bringing an old veterinary museum alive….• The purpose was to transform museum specimens into video-podcasts to depict structures and tissues in a particular area of the body.• We coined the terms ‘potcast’ and ‘potcasting’ to describe these re-incarnated anatomy pots. Nick Short 2010
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  4. 4. 1. Run the video camera while the lecturer is talking and pointing to structures within the pot using a laser pointer.2. Capture the first frame from the video – the clean frame (ie no laser pointer) – and open in Photoshop (Adobe Inc).3. Watch the video and create a new layer on top of the clean frame in Adobe Photoshop for each area highlighted. Use the red paint tool at 50% opacity to draw the shape of the structures being discussed.4. Import the video into Premiere (Adobe Inc) and edit the audio as necessary.5. Import the .psd file from Photoshop with all the layers (each layer becomes a track in Adobe Premiere).6. Stretch the first frame of the pot to cover the full length of the audio (then turn that layer off).7. Watch the video and position each overlay track in the correct time position.8. Turn off the video layer and turn on the still image of the pot.9. Convert the .wmv file into a m4v for use on an iPod (320 x 240, 384kb/sec, lowest quality audio) using Cleaner XL (Autodesk) and media coder or similar tool and upload onto a streaming server. Nick Short 2010
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  9. 9. Access to Content‘Yeah that’s the good thing is that you can watch it asmany times as you like, we have like IntegratedStructure and Function and things and they are reallyhelpful at the time but I find that afterwards I comeaway and forget the whole thing. If you can just go backand play it again, you can look at it whenever really andwrite things down.’ Nick Short 2010
  10. 10. Working in New Ways‘I always tend to look at things at home anywaybecause I’d be much more relaxed in my ownenvironment and I feel you’re not under any pressure tolook at it in a particular time you just look at it at yourleisure.’‘I sometime take notes of stuff that I didn’t knowbefore, and then they talk about. Normally I pause it,write a bit down, play again, pause, write a bit down.’ Nick Short 2010
  11. 11. Staff Contact‘Well up until now, like in the dissections we haven’thad much tuition, like we’ve been given a list of thingsto do and then we just have to get on with it ourselves,whereas now we actually have someone talking usthrough.’‘Yeah it’s nice the ones that do podcasts, you feel theysort of care a bit more because they’re helping us withthe podcasts. You feel like they actually want you tolearn.’ Nick Short 2010
  12. 12. Future application• Cloud based hosting – Micro SD Card• Multiple devices from PC - Phone• Social commenting and tagging• Integration with other content• Online Anatomy Museum Nick Short 2010
  13. 13. Thank You! Nick Short BVSc MSc MRCVS Nick Short 2010