Screencasting sessions by JISC Digital Media

3 01 2011

JISC Digital Media Online Surgery has a series of sessions on screencasting coming up that look really interesting. All sessions take place on Wednesdays between 1.30-2.30pm and can be accessed via your computer using the Elluminate environment.
Details here: http://www.jiscdigitalmedia.ac.uk/surgery

  • The major technical issues surrounding screencasting – 19 January 2011
  • Considerations for screencasts as teaching and learning support resources – 26 January 2011
  • Using a screencast as a lecture capture tool – 02 February 2011
  • Using a screencast to provide feedback – 09 February 2011




Integrating Presentation Software with Hardware

28 09 2010

After visiting the University of Surrey’s SPLASH space, I was put in contact with a company called Reflex, who is their preferred integrator. Andi Allan, Technical Sales Manager, very kindly answered the following questions:

Q.1. Are there incompatibility issues with the hardware and various operating systems?

No real incompatibilities, but multi-touch (like an iPhone or iPad) is only available with Windows 7. Otherwise the Sympodium and Smart boards are compatible with a decent range of operating systems and any hardware that can run them.

Q.2. Do you have any advice to offer regarding mobility of devices e.g. to share in a large informal group (i.e. sharing the computer by physically moving it around rather than watching or participating in a presentation)?

In general mobile audio visual equipment is always more prone to failure than fixed installations. This can be mitigated by using solid state drives, shock-mounting the hardware and so on.

Q.3. Are there any issues with different versions of Microsoft PowerPoint or Keynote?

The Smart software works ‘on top of’ any other software running, so should be fine with any version of Office or any other PC application. Effectively the Smart system acts as a replacement mouse.

[Andi has asked Smart and will get back to me about restrictions to do with specific software versions.]

Q.4. The University of Surrey directed me to a website with training videos, do you find that staff use the videos or prefer support face-to-face?

I think a mix is most effective. An initial in-person training session (which we can provide via a partner) is good for showing people how to use the technology and to inspire them to use it creatively and make the most of it. Online videos can then be very helpful for reminders, quick reference and so on.

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Good Practice Guide for Elluminate Live

8 06 2010

As a JISC online conference attendee I have been a participant in the Elluminate Live virtual environment. I have just noticed this really useful piece providing more information about Elluminate Live, including a recording made using the software.

What is striking about Elluminate Live and other virtual meeting spaces or classroom software is the similarity of their Graphical User Interface (GUI). I have also had demos of, or used: gotomeeting.co.uk and Wimba Classroom.





Technologies reliant on PowerPoint?

13 05 2010

In the literature review I have tried to cover as many presentation technologies as possible, as well as examples of best practice in their use. One point that strikes me is that many technologies, such as classroom software, and Adobe Presenter, use PowerPoint. This obviously makes sense, because it is what people are familiar with and what is often most readily available, however it also raises new questions for me e.g.

  • What happens to features in a PowerPoint presentation when it is imported into different technologies?
  • What features of classroom software, such as Desktop and Application sharing, could be used to drag and zoom in on images without the need for PowerPoint e.g. by using whiteboard functionality (but what about image captions?)

In terms of online collaboration software, Wimba Classroom makes sense for institutions that already use Blackboard. However its implementation is about more than just software; it is aligned to hardware, pedagogical needs (and the potential effect on students), advocacy (i.e. ‘why should I use this?’), and rights management; and factors outside an institutes’ control such as students’ Internet connection speed off-campus. This video, one of many on YouTube, highlights an approach to informing staff how to use Wimba:





Fashion Promotion and Imaging

31 03 2010

Last Wednesday I began my case studies by interviewing Jules Findley, Course Leader for Fashion Promotion and Imaging at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom campus.
I also met with Kristy Widdicombe, Faculty Librarian For Fashion and Management, who used Adobe Presenter with Adobe Captivate last year to produce a learning and teaching object on ‘research’.
Kristy introduced me to Neville Kemp, Careers Adviser with the University’s Careers Service, who gave me a really useful demo of the Wimba Classroom software that they are trialling at the moment. Our conversation also raised issues to do with the role hardware has to play in multimedia presentations.





Feedback on research grant

3 03 2010

Recipients of the University for the Creative Arts Learning and Teaching Research Fund 2009/10 met for a research seminar at Farnham. We made links between each of our projects and were also able to share knowledge of other projects within the University.

I was reminded of Wimba, which I was aware of, but have not looked into properly, and therefore didn’t appreciate that it can link up with Blackboard, and that it can have multi-sensory features.

Elluminate was mentioned, and this is something I have experience of using as a member of the audience for the last two JISC e-Learning conferences (2008 and 2009).

Adobe Presenter also came up in conversation. This is something I tested last year and could see real benefits. Salesforce also use it to deliver some of their online training so I have experience of it from the learner perspective. I would like to look into its functionality in more depth.

Next steps: create links to all the software I am aware of, then to email Museums Computer Group jiscmail list, and ACADI email list to ask for suggestions.