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slides from my talk, "Invisible Technology? Simplifying Lecture Recording" that I gave at the International Association of Technology, Education and Development conference in Valencia, Spain in 2010.

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  1. 1. Invisible Technology? Simplifying Lecture Recording Sally Hanford Audio Visual Media Development Officer Information services The University of Nottingham
  2. 2. 1st law of simplicity: Reduce How simple can you make it? How complex does it have to be? TED talk: ‘On simplicity’ John Maeda (MIT Media Lab) Book: “The Laws of Simplicity”
  3. 3. “Only show me it if I need to know about it” but....
  4. 4. “Don’t leave me powerless” “What designer presumes to know enough about my experience to administer choices in what is assumed to be my favour?”
  5. 5. 1. Lights Default …..allow override
  6. 6. 2. Camera
  7. 7. 3. Action! 1. login 2. Enter description
  8. 8. 3. Start capture
  9. 9. Drivers for ITR Project Enhancing the student experience Anywhere, anytime access to lecture recordings
  10. 10. Drivers for ITR Project Connecting our international campuses
  11. 11. Drivers for ITR Project Facilitating the creation of Open Educational resources
  12. 12. ITR Requirements gathering  Focus groups  Questionnaires  Meetings with faculty representatives  Consultation with:  Academic staff,  Teaching support staff (AV),  Television and video production (rich media) group,  IT staff (network and systems),  Timetabling office ->P.O.C trials -> PILOT ongoing consultations....
  13. 13. Some of our requirements  Allow lecturers to operate the system with minimal support  Control of the recording in the hands of the lecturer  Room environment automatically synchronised  Room occupants automatically made aware when recording.  Minimal manual intervention required
  14. 14. Empowering the lecturer Control of recording via AMX touchpanel. Version 1
  15. 15. Empowering the lecturer Control of recording via AMX touchpanel. Version 2
  16. 16. Lecture Capture Menu & Camera Control 1. Turn on additional lighting 2. Set camera to preset 1 3. Lecturer can choose alternative preferred camera preset or use manual controls.
  17. 17. Confidence monitor
  18. 18. Recording control 1. Start capture Echo capture device API POST /capture/new_capture HTTP/1.1 Authorization: Basic <password> duration=<max duration>&capture_profile_name=display- audio-video&description=<roomname> 2. Start ‘RECORDING’ Sign Pause capture Echo capture device API POST /capture/pause HTTP/1.1 Authorization: Basic <password> Etc...
  19. 19. Keep the external noise down!
  20. 20. Procedures Web Page
  21. 21. Procedures - Timetabling
  22. 22. Procedures booking form
  23. 23. Promoting the service Internal communications Newsletters E-learning community sessions Teaching and learning newsletter Launch events Message from the Director of Teaching and Learning (Video) Word of mouth Overwhelmingly positive response
  24. 24. Student Feedback “especially good for mathematics” “Makes the lectures feel more interactive and retains attention when watching the video” “When lecturers talk too fast I can replay them slower and listen over and over again at home to ensure I understand. Sometimes it is easy to zone out of lectures and miss a key point. With recordings I can check when I get home and note down everything. “
  25. 25. Student Feedback “Useful to be able to pause the lecture when you don’t quite understand before it moves onto the next concept.“ “I can watch it again and again for understanding difficult bits. It's a great idea” “Ability to build on lecture notes, help with revision.”
  26. 26. Staff Feedback “The system is nondisruptive during the delivery of the lecture both for the lecturer and the student and gives an extremely valuable learning resource afterwards.” - Geography “These are going on our website – all of them are great” – International Office “Please record everything until the end of term. I am already a fan!“ – Genetics "The lecture capture video is BRILLIANT! Academic staff were all really impressed“ - Pharmacy “The greatest single development in teaching aids since the data projector“ - Maths