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Lynn Hawley
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The Faculty Professional Growth and Distance Education Committees are working together to create online faculty workshops for variable flex days. We want to hear from you - what topics would you like to see addressed in online workshops? What would you like to learn about online teaching? Please post possible topics for workshops below!

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Posted : April 15, 2020 10:20 am
Isabel Anievas
 Isabel Anievas
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I would be interested in Humanizing Online Teaching and Online Course Design training. Thanks for asking!

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Posted : April 15, 2020 12:01 pm
Amy Witsaman
 Amy Witsaman
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I would like an online session on how to create quality, interesting, and appealing videos for my online classes.  Ideas such as:

Casual vs Professional appearance, which is more appealing?

Background for videos, staged studio type or casual home environment?

Lighting suggestions.

How to talk in an animated way vs "talking head" and stay professional.

When to use PowerPoint video and how often?  I have a 6 week course and don't want to overload this course with too many videos.

Syllabus video suggestions.  Professor talking or snapshot overview, or PowerPoint?

Online Tips for Success Videos developed to guide students new to online courses.

Hope these ideas might be considered for a flex session.

Thanks,

Amy Witsaman

Adjunct Associate Professor

Online Guidance Courses

 

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Posted : April 17, 2020 5:24 pm
Aaron Garner
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What a great suggestion.  I do lots of videos using various applications like Camtasia, Screenflow, Powerpoint and others.  Sometimes I whip out unpolished videos, but when I have the time  I make more polished ones with intros, outros, animation etc.

I'd love to do a flex workshop on some of your suggestions.  In the meantime feel free to email me privately if you need some suggestions or even a Zoom meeting would work.  I'm in no way a pro, but I have a decent amount of experience - enough to be dangerous!!

Coincidentally I'm working on a Powerpoint movie with animation right now. :d  

Aaron

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Posted : April 17, 2020 5:53 pm
Deanna de Azevedo
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Posted by: @Amy Witsaman

Background for videos, staged studio type or casual home environment?

Lighting suggestions. 

Hi Amy and Aaron —

Masters Degree in Film Production with an emphasis in Production Design here!

If a workshop like this gets off the ground, I'd be happy to make a contribution focused on lighting and physical environment. Always excited for the opportunity to share how simple, inexpensive options can dramatically improve production value.

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Posted : April 17, 2020 6:09 pm
Aaron Garner
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Not that this is anything special, but here is a pretty quick video I did it this evening for one of my music theory classes.  It's nothing too fancy, but it didn't take me that long - quick and easy once you have a few skills and a template.  I used Powerpoint and Camtasia.  Oh, and I composed the intro/ending music too which I use for all of my theory videos.

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Posted : April 17, 2020 8:25 pm
Isabel Anievas
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@aaron-garner

This is a great video, Aaron! Thanks for sharing! Your are putting my very low tech clumsy videos to shame Wink What a great idea for a flex workshop! Yes, please! I definitely want to freshen up and update my videos (and include more videos in general). It sounds like both you and Deanna have a lot of great ideas to share with the less tech savvy among us.   Grin  

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Posted : April 18, 2020 10:43 am
Jennifer Azzaro
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Great idea for a Flex workshop, Amy! 

I'll chime in here with a few immediate suggestions to answer some of your questions, since we're all making videos in the here and now.  These are just my opinions and what I do in my own videos.  Aaron and Deanna appear to be the pros in this arena. (Maybe all the arenas... 😉)

Regarding appearance, I prefer professional but when going casual, avoid clothes that have words or distracting pictures on them.  I also prefer to see more of the instructor's face as opposed to their whole upper body and everything around them.  It's better for picking up on facial expressions.

For your background, be careful not to have anything showing that you don't want people to see.  Think pictures of kids. I also tend to go for less busy backgrounds to cut down on distractions.  Most of my videos as of late have been in front of a (largely) blank wall. At work, I sit in front of a curtain. I would also advise against Zoom's virtual backgrounds.  They're fun, but also super distracting - or perhaps I'm just easily distracted...  Last week I totally zoned on a palm tree swaying in the breeze of a virtual beach background.  "Uh, sorry, I was in Maui. What policy were we talking about again?"

That said, the above is mainly advice for longer lecture-type videos.  For quick announcement and check-in videos, I DO advise moving to different places for fun.  Your back yard, kitchen, dining room.  It's fun to add that personal touch and is great for humanizing, but my preference for this is only in shorter, informal videos.

Final thoughts - to emulate eye contact, remember to look at the camera, not your talking face on the screen. And I love narrated PowerPoints - PowerPoint was meant to support "live" speakers and should never just stand alone!

Looking forward to picking up more tips from the pros!

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Posted : April 20, 2020 4:47 pm

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