Just a quick note to say that the LSE video lectures service provided by the Centre for Learning Technology and IT Services, managed to make the top three in the UCISA Award for Excellence competition with a highly commended award. As previously mentioned on this blog, the back end to the service is provided by Apreso. We’ve so far found the system extremely useful and have had plenty of very positive feedback from both students and staff, including some very welcome recognition from the LSE Students Union.
I’ve just had an e-mail from Halo Vine (we had permission to digitise some of their videos in the past). They’ve just launched a new service called Online Classroom. Further details available at: http://www.onlineclassroom.tv/
You seem to be able to get lots of extra resources for £25. Including:
- Classroom Activities: video clips with downloadable questions and answers
- Up-to-Date: interviews with experts on some of the latest developments in your subject
- Other Classrooms: clips showing experienced teachers in action sharing their lesson ideas
- Eye on the News: a look at current news items by leading experts giving them a psychological / sociological twist
- Exam Bytes: senior examiners give advice on revision and how to get good grades
- What’s New?: the latest information from exam boards, professional organisations and universities
- The Forum: a chance to exchange views, worries and ideas with other teachers
Do you think anyone would find this useful?
Today I went to the launch of the British Library Sound Archival Recording Service which is an initiative funded by JISC to make selected extracts of the BL Sound Archive available for teaching and research to the HE and FE community. Further information about the service is available at: http://www.bl.uk/collections/sound-archive/archsoundrec.htmlThe collection is free, however we do need to take out a licence. Although at the moment the collection is not core to LSE, it is well worth would promoting to staff as soon as we have the licence. We should include details of the service in all the digital media sessions we do for academic staff. Once we get our subscription sorted I will send a follow up message about how you access it.
LSE Centre for Learning Technology have been investigating various options for recording lecture audio and video over the past couple of years (with support from the Audio Visual and Technical Services units). This has ranged from simple audio recording with a voice recorder to full automated recording of all lecture audio and visuals displayed through a data projector.
One option we have looked at is the use of a digital video recorder (DVR) to capture audio from the lecture theatre PA system along with video output from the visualiser. During the 2005-2006 session we have been using a Kiss DP558 DVR, which is has a web schedule function and FTP server for download of the resulting video files. This has proved to be a bit ‘flakey’ and the post-production required to present and stream the lecture has been fairly tedious. But it has however been very useful as a proof of concept experiment.
So we were happy to find a solution in January 2006 called Anystream Apreso, which is essentially a software solution that captures 3 different inputs simultaneously (VGA projector, composite video and audio) and packages them into a web based presentation. The new system should eventually allow us to schedule the recording of lectures in LSE’s main lecture theatres without any intervention or production effort required between us setting a schedule for the term and the lectures appearing online – either on the wider web or through the current LSE VLE (WebCT). The system also allows lecture audio to automatically be published as ‘podcasts’ for playing on portable audio players such as the Apple iPod. We also already have a platform that can publish any lecture series recorded with a standard voice recorder as a podcast.
We are now working with the LSE Audio Visual unit to acquire the Apreso licences, the hardware (capture PCs and content management servers) and work on finding a solution to some fairly substantial technical barriers in one of the main LSE lecture theatres.
Further progress will be reported here of course!
Why aren’t you doing something like this? Why aren’t you out talking to and capturing the views and experiences of the innovators in your own organisations and then sharing them with the rest of us? Where’s the funding that will make this possible going to come from? Is this best left as a distributed activity involving just anyone who’s interested, or is there also scope for a major pump-priming initiative involving the major educational funding bodies/agencies?
Following on from Jane’s recent post, I’ve been following a few links…
Some interesting findings: Case Study: Podcasts as a Learning Tool in Economics (Economics Network)
Similar comments about the need for short audio clips were made by Andy Ramsden in today’s sosig podcast on teaching
This week is Social Sciences Week!
Have you seen the Social Sciences Voices web site yet?
Social Science Voices http://www.sosig.ac.uk/voices/ . a special project of SOSIG Each day it is publishing a page on the web site on a topic to do with making use of audio. These include
* Getting started with podcasts
* Marketing and news uses of audio
* Teaching and learning uses of audio
* Research uses of audio
* Putting it all together
Accompanying each day’s written post is a short audio download on that topic, showing how the podcast concept could work.
From Derek Morrisions Auricle
The iTunes player automatically will associate album covers to tracks (which are PDF files) but some people have been extending the software further to organise all sorts of files such as their lecture notes and attaching them to audio files of the their lectures. They can then copy them to their iPods and carry them all around – audio lecture and notes together.
What a great idea!