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Victoria Taylor

If there were a university in Westeros …

If there was a University in Westeros, all the academics would be using Personal Video Capture to connect more effectively with their students!
The fourth instalment of our Game of Tools workshops looked at 3 options for creating your own videos to share with students.
We first took a bit of advice from the wise words of some key players in the tussel for the Iron Throne, about why academics might choose to use personal video capture to connect with students.

 

A personable way to communicate with students  Share your enthusiasm and passion for your subject

 

 

 

Participants were then guided through examples of personal video capture using three available free tools to MQ staff.  Summaries of these tools are outlined below:

QuickTime for Mac

Screen recording: Yes, full screen or partial screen
Webcam: Yes, including ability to have webcam captured within screen recording (trick to do this – before starting screen recording, choose “new movie recording” to turn on webcam, then make the window “float on top” via View settings)
Quality of recording: Excellent and at a high frame rate
Editing: Minimal (top and tail)
Ease of use: Extremely easy with simple options and configuration
Best points: Quality and ease – perfect for quick captures
Limitations: Minimal editing and no enhancement tools
Support: No official MQ University support (but it is very easy to use)
Embedding into iLearn: Videos can be uploaded and hosted on, for example, YouTube or Vimeo to obtain an embed code to add into iLearn or there is the option of directly embedding video using the Echo Active Learning Platform

Flashback Pro 5 for Windows

Screen recording: Yes, full screen or partial screen
Webcam: Yes, including ability to have webcam captured within screen recording 
Quality of recording: Good
Editing: Simple but powerful editor, including the capability of adding enhancements to the videos (e.g. overlays, arrows)
Ease of use: Easy to record but may take some time to become familiar with the editor
Best points:  Editing capabilities – useful for software demos, explainers and mini lectures
Limitations: Not as good quality output as QuickTime and slightly more complex to use
Support: Available to all MQ staff on request (OneHelp ticket) but there is no official support for the tool
Embedding into iLearn: Videos can be uploaded and hosted on, for example, YouTube or Vimeo to obtain an embed code to add into iLearn or there is the option of directly embedding video using the Echo Active Learning Platform

Echo360 Personal Capture

Screen recording: Yes, full screen only
Webcam: Yes, full screen capture – not a smaller floating window as per previous tools
Quality of recording: Good (adapts to your bandwidth)
Editing: Minimal (top and tail)
Ease of use: Fairly straightforward to use and very easy to publish to Echo and iLearn, but difficult when you want to host yourself
Best points: Immediate link to iLearn, fully supported and great for online lectures
Limitations: You cannot have your webcam appear as a small window in recordings as you can with the others
Support: Fully supported
Embedding into iLearn: Immediate link to iLearn, including ability to simply embed a sleek and simple Echo player into iLearn pages

Conclusion

Inevitably, the workshop ended with the big question:
Which would we recommend using?
Unfortunately, unlike some of the illustrious leaders in Game of Thrones, we could not offer a definitive, no messing answer.  Firstly, your choice of tool may obviously be dependent on the system you are using.  Secondly, your choice of tool should be dependent on the purpose of the video you are planning on making.  So we would advise checking our summaries of the tools to decide which will be the best option for any particular venture.

 

If you are interested in coming along to our next Game of Tools workshop – please see the details below:

 

GoT: Digital Boards

Finding ways to increase the amount and quality of student interactions online is an ongoing challenge, all the more prevalent with our endeavours to create effective blended learning environments.  In this GoT session, we will showcase two digital board tools that incorporate the use of text, images and videos to encourage connectionsfacilitate collaboration and build community amongst students studying online.
When & Where?
11.00am – 11.30am Wednesday 15th November, Continuum Room, Level 3, 75 Talavera Road If you would like to register, please do so via this link

TBL: Totally Brilliant Learning … man

Over 90% of students who trialled Team-Based Learning (TBL) in the Bachelor of Clinical Science stated that the TBL format motivated them to prepare for tutorials, provided an effective way to apply their learning, helped them develop their synthesising skills and took their learning a step further than they expected.  Totally bodacious one could say.  

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What do students think about KickStart?

90% of 200 students who responded to a voluntary online survey say they would recommend KickStart to other students.

Although this is a relatively small sample of students, and while students identified various elements of KickStart that could be improved – evaluations have indicated that this pre-session engagement initiative is a worthwhile investment of time and effort in order to improve the student experience and help students prepare for a unit of study.

Visit our KickStart Showcase Unit to see examples of KickStart packages released in S1 2015.

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Paper can’t always match

I’ve been a student, a teacher and an educational designer so I’ve engaged with online assessments from a few different angles.  The question I’ve asked myself is – from each of these perspectives – do I fit the mould of eagerly anticipating the prospect of online assessments becoming the default in higher education … or do I need a bit more convincing?

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How’s your student engagement factor so far?

Have your students started the session a little slower than you’d like? Wish they were more engaged from the very beginning? 20 Unit Convenors gave their students the chance to hit the ground running in Session 1 this year with the inclusion of KickStart in their units.

Showcase Unit

What’s all the fuss about KickStart, you say? Well, we’ve put together this self enrolling Showcase Unit so you can take a peek at what some of your colleagues have been creating with this new pre-session initiative.

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Everyone’s heard of flipping… but what about some practical tips?

Could flipping your classroom help your students become active learners, ask questions, and engage in meaningful discussion?

If you are interested in exploring the flipped classroom model and learning about the benefits for students and educators, why not participate in the upcoming ‘How to ‘Flip’ your Classroom and Encourage Active Learning’ workshop?  This workshop introduces the flipped classroom model, which inverts traditional teaching by delivering content and activities online before utilising class time for more active learning through interaction and collaboration.  The workshop will share examples of flipped units across the university and explore design principles, activities, and resources that can be used to apply the model to your context.

Why all the fuss about flipping?

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All you ever wanted to know about…

…KickStart! (but were afraid to ask)

Everything you need to know about the University’s roll-out of KickStart is now in one place on the staff website:

http://staff.mq.edu.au/teaching/curriculum_assessment/kickstart

You can access:

  • samples of current packages
  • answers to common questions
  • info about how you and your unit can get involved

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