5 Ways in Which to Use MMU Video Resource

Podcast technology is a great addition in your teaching and student learning. Use of podcast benefits teachers and students in areas of distance learning, add interest to teaching courses, accommodate different learning styles and also to illustrate difficult concepts and processes on a taught subject. Students can pause, play, rewind, fast forward and replay as many times as they like.

Over the years Learning and Research Technologies (LRT) has been working hard providing a platform for production, publication and delivery of podcasts for teaching and learning. I have worked with many departmental initiatives across MMU who wanted to embed this technology in their teaching, providing guidance, support and training.

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BlueBerry FlashBack Pro V4.0 is here!

Whether you’re new to podcasting technology or already are comfortable in producing podcast to use within your teaching, this latest version of BB FlashBack Pro V4.0 screen recording software offers many easy to welcome screen resizeduse editing and annotating tools for post-production and is remarkably easy to use.

We have now secured an MMU wide license for the latest much improved BlueBerry FlashBack v4.0 screen capture recording software.

If you want to upgrade your BB FlashBack vr3.0 that is currently installed on your office computer and Laptops then give the Helpline a ring on Ext. 4646 requesting that you want to upgrade to BB FlashBack Pro Vr4.0.

Please note the upgrade to vr4.0 will remove Vr.3.0 off your computer.

IT Zone – PCs for Student use

In Moodle you now have option to create a video assignment for your students.
This is one area that is fast becoming popular with many tutors.

Computers available for students to use in the IT zones areas across MMU will be upgraded to BB FlashBack Pro Vr4.0 by start of new academic year.

What new features are in BB FlashBack v4?

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The major new features are:

• Add Transition effects to join different scenes and movies together

• Blur out details

• Export to GIF format

• Add notes at record-time. These are added as textboxes into the movie as textboxes so you can view and edit them later.

• Reuse objects easily by dragging them in and out of the Gallery.

• Add hand-drawn arrows and highlights from the Gallery.

• Adding start and end titles to your movies.

A short promotional video covering MMU Video Resource.

There are more resources available in Moodle Staff Resource Area under the heading Podcasting@MMU.

Create An Instant Webcam Recording Of Yourself From A Desktop For Your Students

With a webcam attach to your computer you can now create an instant recording of yourself and make this recording available to your students from within your Moodle environment. Make sure your webcam is connected and recognised by your computer.

Please note: Creating an instant recording using webcam method has no post–editing facilities. Any errors whilst recording will not be able to edit out afterwards.

1. Login to Moodle
2. Select the unit you want your webcam to be available in for your students
3. Turn editing on
4. In the week you want your webcam to be available in click on Add a Resource
5. Select the video option
6. Type in a name for your resource
7. Add a summary (optional)
8. Click on Add Video
9. Click on webcam (If you get a pop-up message of any kind click on Allow and make sure your webcam model is selected)
10. Click on Record (and begin your narrative)
11. Click on stop when finished.
12. Click on Next
13. Type in a Title and Description for your recording
14. Click Next
15. Change any settings for Player dimensions and player size.
16. Click OK
17. Click on Save and return to course (you may need to scroll down the page in Moodle)

Your resource will be available for your students to view once it has been processed. The process time will depend on the size of your podcast.

Add A Video Resource In Moodle

Here is a quick guide to contributing a Video Resource (Podcast) in your Moodle area.

1. Login to Moodle
2. Select the unit you want your podcast to be available in for your students
3. Turn editing on
4. In the week you want your podcast to be available in click on Add a Resource
5. Select the Video option
6. Type in a name for your resource
7. Add a summary (optional)
8. Click on Add Video
9. Click on Browse
10. Navigate to the folder where your podcast is located and select it.
11. Click on upload
12. Click Next
13. Change the Title of your resource and add a description if you so wish
14. Click Next
15. Change any setting for Player dimensions and player size.
16. Click OK
17. Click on Save and Return to course

Your resource will be available to your students to view once it has been processed. The process time will depend on the size of your podcast.

Podcasting at Hollings Campus

Date: 14th Dec. 2011

As part of Hollings Campus Action Plan, I was invited by Anita M. to carry out podcasting awareness demonstrations to the Staff. The turnout was pleasing and lot of interest had been shown in this technology. My aim was to demonstrate that podcasting technology is not too difficult to get into and the benefit to staff and students are enormous. Armed with a laptop, microphone and a screen capture software (BB Flashback), you can podcast anywhere, lecturer rooms, at work in office, at home etc. Different microphones, headsets, and a Bluetooth device were shown.

I took the opportunity to mention other developments taking place in the LRT office in areas of Moodle, Equella, Classroom Technologies, MyMMU portal, MyMMU apps for smart phone, Live@Edu, Learning materials available in Moodle Staff Resource Area, all of which was well received.

Moodle MMU Podcast block was demonstrated for the delivery of podcasts which were tagged with appropriate unit code.

After the presentation, many questions were asked and two that stands out for me were

  • Student lead podcasting and
  • Use of audio feedbacks

Here is the feedback from the session I got from Anita M.

” Here is my feedback on today’s session:

Staff reported that this was a very efficient delivery by Nillan, easy to understand and extremely interesting and engaging

  • This de-mistified and removed the fear of Podcasting for those new to Podcasting
  • Staff very appreciative of this opportunity
  • Staff are eager to go away and build on this experience and implement it into their Practice
  • It has enabled staff to think of other ways to employ this into their Learning & teaching
  • Positive outcome which will be filtered down through the faculty, others who could not attend have already fed back that they were sorry they could not attend due to other commitments
  • Would love Nillan to be able to come back and deliver this again for those who could not make it today

Nillan, thanks for all your efforts today, the staff really…really enjoyed it, and they are eager for you to return very soon to do more in this area.

Please send my regards to Dee for also attending, and if you have a moment can you ask Dee if he will send me the details of the ear piece you showed today (make/model/cost and best place to buy)

Once again thanks for today

Best Regards ”

I include the slides used on the day

 

Create Podcast of your PowerPoint Presentation

This podcast demonstrate the use of BB FlashBack to create a podcast of a PowerPoint Presentation. This podcast is created for EP for her students. The students will be creating a 10min podcast which will be assessed. Although the podcast is directed towards the student learning, as a staff new to podcasting would help towards understanding the process of podcasting. This podcast is approx. 11min in length.
For a larger viewing on your desktop computer use this link. Podcasting with BB Flashback Software.

or just click on the image to play within this blog or choose other options available.

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