Describes any technology that allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally – Educause.
As increasing number of classes are offered online, it is commensurately important to offer videos that engage the student viewers. The author offers five suggestions on devising videos that hold the students’ attention. Green screen technology called Chromatte comes with a rings of LEDS that go around a camera lens and allows the presentation materials to be dropped in digitally. Virtual green screen software like Personify filters out the background so the instructor appears in front of the materials in the video. Lightboard is an illuminated sheet of glass that the instructor writes on from behind and does not need to turn his back to the class. Multi-Perspective Video Capture such as Mediasite captures the instructor and presentation materials in separate streams and enables the student to view them simultaneously. Interactive Video tools such as eduCanon embed questions in online videos to create interactive lessons. For those with larger budgets, TechSmith Relay is a cohesive solution to holding your content.
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Lecture capture is no longer a one-way conversation. Discover how faculty are using lecture capture technologies to customize course content, interact with students, create inter-disciplinary connections, and improve ESL learning environments.
The author offers seven guidelines on how to employ Twitter in the classroom for better results. How to use Twitter guides are not useful because every class has different needs. Not every student is fluent in social networking technologies. Incentives to get students to use these technologies must be provided. Engagement is much more than participation. Commitment to regular postings must be encouraged. Offer specific tasks on which to post for better student interaction. Consider the benefits that social media offer in an online environment.
Instructor-generated videos can enhance student engagement in online classes but there are some uncertainties that must be addressed. Stansbury gives the following eight tips for creating effective videos: Be familiar with video vocabulary; seek out video production technologies available; insist on video quality; prepare for production using a USB microphone and recording in a distraction free work zone; keep the video short and to the point; use a video to model, demonstrate, and emphasize a concept or task; employ precise editing; and make sure that students have likely access to the videos.