Presentation software in the Visual Arts

31 07 2010

Please note that the survey closed on Wednesday 1st September 2010.

Learning and Teaching Hardware

22 07 2010

This morning I met with Penny Burden, Learning and Teaching Developer at the University for the Creative Arts. In her previous role as Head of Skills and Personal Development at the University of Surrey she was responsible for setting up SPLASH, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub. We discussed some of the hardware that was used in this area such as: Sympodium computers (now called SMART Podium interactive pen displays), which let you write on the screen and also project to a screen behind you; and a wall covered in dry-erase technology i.e. like a giant whiteboard.

Penny advised me to look at what has been done at the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences (CILASS). At the University of Sheffield they use huddleboards (lightweight whiteboards) to “…record discussions, plan activities and map out knowledge.” The boards can then be placed underneath a CopyCam which will take a digital picture that can be saved and imported into a PowerPoint or used elsewhere.

Penny also kindly filled in my questionnaire.

Prawfs Blawg on buying an iPad

22 07 2010

There is a really good post titled, Why I Plan to Buy an iPad for Teaching, about the way an American Law Professor plans to use an iPad as a writing tablet projecting on to the screen behind. The post not only compares the dynamics of teaching in this way to the use of a chalk board, but also, in a comment by Bruce Boyden, “…to Jerry Seinfeld’s bit about how the cordless phone changed the dynamic of slamming the phone down in anger.”

Documentation of 3D cultural heritage artefacts

16 07 2010

On Friday 9th July, the JISC-funded Look-Here! project partners met at the University of Brighton to attend a workshop on digitisation. Dr. Karina Rodriguez-Echavarria gave a presentation about 3D documentation for cultural heritage artefacts, as part of an introduction to 3D capture and 3D-COFORM, the current project that she is working on.

University for the Creative Arts Research Seminar

15 07 2010

Yesterday recipients of the University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Research Fund 2009/10 met for a seminar at Farnham.

The funding for our projects comes to a close with the end of the academic year, however additional funding is available for travel and subsistence costs to disseminate at conferences and events.

Next steps: analysis and write-up of data, a couple of abstracts to submit, dissemination of results, and not forgetting the final report!

Presentation Technology – horses for courses

15 07 2010

The questionnaire has provided some really useful information already (for more about the survey…)

Andrew Worth, Learning Design Advisor at the School of Services Management, Bournemouth University, has given me permission to quote the following:

“…it is really starting to get down to horses for courses, who is the audience, what is the message, and will the tool get in the way of the message.”

Andrew uses PowerPoint for quick and short, or business presentations but he also uses non-linear software such as MindManager (see post about MindManager here…). Andrew mentioned colleagues presenting using stand alone video, podcasts, blogs, wikis, Flickr, Picasa, Google Maps and so on. This echoes data I have received from interviews and other questionnaire respondents.

Moving between live websites and PowerPoint

6 07 2010

Jacqueline Cooke, Research Support Librarian at Goldsmiths, University of London, filled in the online questionnaire last week and made the following comment:

“I often do presentations about web resources, and find crossing between PowerPoint and live websites can be difficult. I would like a smoother way of doing this, maybe of viewing a website from within the presentation software.”

When I checked that I could quote this here, Jacqueline also mentioned that she often uses screenshots of websites as an alternative approach. I was very interested in her suggestion in quotes above because on the occasions I have given presentations this is also a feature that would have been great for me too, and I am sure for many others as well. Clearly it is not that you can’t go from a PowerPoint to the Web, just that in practice this often feels a bit clumsy. I tried searching for a solution, but I don’t think PowerPoint lets you view the website from within the slide itself? I also tried the Office Live PowerPoint, and this didn’t seem to have any extra features.