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A series on digital media, copyright and creative commons – Part 1: Media.

Where is digital media?

This is an introduction to a series of blog posts focusing on contemporary issues relating to media, copyright law and creative commons. Comments are encouraged by all. 

Photo adapted from mkhmarketing: http://bit.ly/1gjceKu
Photo adapted from mkhmarketing: http://bit.ly/1gjceKu

There is no doubt today’s society and culture is media rich. Videos, music, and interactive multimedia are now available as forms of digital media across the Internet. Continue reading A series on digital media, copyright and creative commons – Part 1: Media.

New Year New Staff!

The LTC is extending its family.

As the LTC wishes best of luck to star performers Sherrie Love, Rebecca Ritchie and Mingming Diao, who are going on secondment, it also welcomes with open arms Jorge Reyna, Victoria Taylor and Jean-Christophe Froissard as new staff who will fill the void left behind. They bring with them a wealth of experience into the LTC ranging from TAFE e-learning to expertise in BlackBoard Collaborate (something we are all keen to explore, no doubt). Jorge will be located within the Faculty of Science as the designated Educational Designer, whereas Victoria and Jean-Christophe will be located in the LTC, working with Faculties on Faculty Partnership Programs (FPP) and other initiatives such as FLaME.

A little bit about our new and extending family:

Victoria Taylor comes to us from Navitas English and has considerable design and development experience working with virtual online classrooms. Victoria replaces Rebecca Ritchie (while she is on secondment) as a centrally based educational designer and will start on Tuesday 28th Jan.

Jorge Reyna comes to us from UWS where he has been working as a blended learning advisor, supporting academics in their integration of technologies to design engaging learning activities. Jorge replaces Sherrie Love (while she is on secondment) as the educational designer attached to the Faculty of Science and will start on Feb 3rd.

Jean-Christophe Froissard (Chris) comes to us from TAFE eLearning Hub and has considerable experience in Moodle, digital media and design and development of online resources. Chris will replace MingMing Diao (whilst he is on secondment) as a centrally based educational designer and will start on Monday 17th Feb.

Please make these new lambs welcome to the farm as they embark on a journey here at Macquarie.

Three Little Lambs
(CC BY-NC 2.0) Eva Ganesha

7 Simple Tips for Better Pre-Recorded Lecture Videos

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Educational Designer Michael Rampe

Pre-recorded lectures can be really beneficial for students, and are easy to create from your office just using your webcam. Our Educational Design team offer some straightforward ways to make sure the benefits aren’t negated by poor production.

  1. Be prepared. Have a solid plan and a script, and rehearse before you switch on the camera
  2. Think of the camera as your students. Look at the camera when you’re speaking to ensure an engaging eyeline.
  3. Good sound quality is almost more important than image quality for videos that convey information. Ensure background noise is kept to a minimum and your webcam microphone is correctly set up. If possible, use an external USB microphone or similar.
  4. Keep it short and punchy to ensure your audience doesn’t switch off
  5. Ensure there is adequate light shining on your face. Light from behind the computer is better than overhead lighting or a window behind you.
  6. De-clutter the background.
  7. Be confident. Projecting a confident attitude on camera is a big step towards star quality.