Tag Archives: Video

The sky is not falling.

I’ve come across this great blog post and video on historical claims of ‘This will revolutionize education’, which is often associated with claims that the role of the teacher will become redundant.   This is something that I have come across often in the roll out of a few new technologies  in my time at Macquarie.   Teaching staff can often question their place in the fast changing pace of educational technologies. Continue reading The sky is not falling.

Come and WordPress with Ollie

Do you know what a personal learning environment is? Have you heard about WordPress? If this tool is used effectively students can use it to demonstrate and develop a number of skills and competencies.

Ollie Coady in this webinar session will show how WordPress has been used in a number of online units at Macquarie to help students develop graduate capabilities.

Continue reading Come and WordPress with Ollie

More Secrets about Designing Videos for Learning Revealed

Come along and join Michael Rampe and Tom Kerr from the Learning and Teaching Centre in Session 2 for this exciting workshop where you will find out about designing educational videos which can be incorporated in your teaching practice.

This innovative workshop will focus on different types of educational media and the development of assessment tasks as shown by Michael and Tom who are highly successful and talented with loads of experience in this area.

To secure yourself a place in this session on Thursday 21 August at 1pm, click here to register.

Secrets about Designing Videos for Learning Revealed

RecorderCome along and join Michael Rampe and Tom Kerr from the Learning and Teaching Centre for this exciting workshop where you will find out about designing educational videos which can be incorporated in your teaching practice.

This innovative workshop will focus on different types of educational media and the development of assessment tasks as shown by Michael and Tom who are highly successful and talented with loads of experience in this area.

To secure yourself a place in this session on Thursday 22 May at 1pm, please click here.

 

Join the Learning Technologies Webinar Series

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Do you want to be informed about the latest issues and technologies for online learning? Do you want to hear about the innovative programs your colleagues are running?

In the Learning Technologies Webinar Series you can participate from anywhere on or off campus in engaging and informative live session on a range of new and contemporary topics on learning technologies. Continue reading Join the Learning Technologies Webinar Series

Stop, Collaborate and Listen!

Image courtesy of Flickr, Jonny  Goldstein, http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonnygoldstein/8161551606/As part of the iLearn upgrade in February, one of the new features is an online collaboration space, aptly called Collaborate!

The use of Collaborate for virtual classrooms was successfully trialled in 2013 as part of LTC’s Faculty Partnership Program in an introductory Chinese language unit.  The academic was able to hold a web conference to introduce the objectives and activity for the session, send students in pairs to ‘break out rooms’ to undertake the learning activity, then regroup for a debrief of the activity.  These sessions were also recorded and available to students after the live event.

Collaborate allows for real-time, synchronous engagement so there are many possibilities:

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  • Language studies
  • Virtual lab experiments
  • Guest expert lecture or interview
  • Authentic role play
  • Student presentations
  • Tutoring for external students
  • Virtual meeting spaces
  • Virtual consultation hours
  • Meeting space for academics and their tutors, meeting space for departments, etc

Collaborate tools include:

  • Session recordings
  • Whiteboard
  • Desktop sharing
  • Engagement tools (emoticons, polling, hand raising to ask questions)
  • Communication tools (microphone, chat, application sharing)

So now you’re hooked and want to know more?  Sit tight and stay tuned, more details will be posted when available for use but if you’re as keen as mustard, lodge a OneHelp ticket expressing your interest in using Collaborate.

 

 

Positively Re-designed: PSY 963’s Faculty Partnership Program Project

Dr Monique Crane, Lecturer in Organisational Psychology was the academic lead on a Faculty Partnership Project in Session 1 this year that aimed to redesign PSY 963 Coaching and Positive Psychology in a way that was both engaging and academically challenging for students. The LTC project team worked with Monique to rejuvenate the curriculum for blended delivery, introducing a number of tools and techniques that included collaborative authorship tasks and video scenarios.

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With collaborative authorship teaching tasks, PSY 963 students literally contribute to the workshop material, creating a mixture of expert content and student-generated content for the unit.

Collaborative authorship is a strategy that makes use of participatory technologies in the classroom as a way of developing student-centred learning opportunities and increasing student engagement. Monique reported that such participatory technologies allow “students to collaboratively develop an outcome related to the workshop content through the use of an online medium such as Prezi or a Wiki. This process can be moderated and guided by the chair in real time. At the end of this process, all students have access to their collaboratively authored resources that will assist in guiding their future practice.”

Monique is now a collaborator on a project funded by a grant from the Innovation and Scholarship Program (with the LTC’s Oliver Coady) to extend the work from the Faculty Partnership project in examining the role of collaborative authorship in the classroom to improve student engagement and skill transfer.

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Macquarie’s Human Resources Department collaborated with Monique and the LTC project team in the production of video scenarios for PSY 963 which demonstrate a coach implementing a strategy with clients in different situations. Rather than actors, the videos star professional coaching experts based here at Macquarie who also helped script the videos. These videos are not only core resources for the unit itself but can also be used in other professional development settings, as well as a teaching resource in the classroom or online.

Monique says she values the insights gained from her experience working with the LTC project team and is now implementing the new teaching strategies she has learned across all her units. “The LTC has expertise in the area of adult learning and this means that they are able to provide insight into new teaching methods and content delivery. Students are exposed to innovative teaching techniques too.”

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.