Category Archives: Workshops

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

What’s On The Menu? – Macquarie’s L&T Technologies, Resources and Support Catalogue is Here!

How do you choose which technology is best to help you with assessments?

What tools do you use to communicate with your students?

Where do you go for training and information on designing interactive lectures?

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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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Top Tips If You’re New To Teaching (Or Need A Refresher)

[adapted from a previous article by Chris Froissard]

Are you a new member of teaching staff at Macquarie? You may be feeling overwhelmed, in the lead up Session 2, having to familiarise yourself with a new learning platform, a myriad of new educational technologies, and the many policies and customs of your department and faculty. Continue reading Top Tips If You’re New To Teaching (Or Need A Refresher)

3 Super Functions Of Echo360’s New Active Learning Platform – What you need to know

From Session 2 2017, Echo360’s upgraded software, Active Learning Platform (ALP), will be available in all units. Over the next few months, the faculties and the Learning Innovation Hub will be running a number of workshops, posts and events to support the adoption of this new software by the teaching community (further details at bottom of article).

“It is a pedagogical tool, not just a classroom recorder.  Instructors love it because they can track student questions and answers. Students are engaging us through the platform in the way we want them to”  Dr. Kem Rogers, University of Western Ontario.

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The Power of PACE: Transitioning from University to Employment

“It was great to be able to network with professionals in the industry I am interested in making a career of, and I’m currently considering a variety of further study options related to the work I completed on my placement.” Madelyn Hawken (Aspire Early Intervention) Continue reading The Power of PACE: Transitioning from University to Employment

2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Awards – NOW OPEN

This year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching awards will recognise, reward and celebrate the efforts of individuals and teams who make outstanding contributions to learning and teaching and improve the quality of student engagement, experience and learning outcomes.

Three categories are open to both academic and professional staff in 2017. Continue reading 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Learning and Teaching Awards – NOW OPEN

Keeping PACE with Ethical Practice – Teaching ethics in Professional and Community Engagement

What do we mean when we talk about ethics? Is it behaviour towards others, rules and regulations, professional codes of conduct or is it regulatory guidelines for areas of specialisation, such as research involving people or animals? In higher education it is all these things and more. There are a range of approaches to teaching ethics. While the University’s regulatory framework for ethics is comprehensive and readily accessible, PACE unit convenors have also identified the need for a suite of resources that cover the more nebulous area of ethical practice in pedagogy and workplace contexts. As a result, PACE have developed a set of resources that can be utilised by unit convenors to support students going on a range of activities, be they local, international or on campus.

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