Hi! Welcome to our online course. Each day we’ll be posting course content for your to peruse at your leisure. There will be a brief introduction, some useful links and some short activities so you can try out the ideas for yourself. There are also some practical workshops on campus if you want to pop along and explore the topic further, or just get some help. Ready? Lets go!
Video is increasingly becoming the currency of the web. This is due to a number of factors, including fast internet delivery, increasingly sophisticated devices, a proliferation of video apps and services and a changing culture. It’s likely that your students are using video messaging apps such as Snapchat and Skype and with video content becoming such an integrated part of daily routines – 37% of smartphone users regularly watch short videos on their device  – there is huge scope to tap this platform for course and module delivery.
Video has a multitude of learning and teaching applications. It is now possible to source video tutorials on most subjects from websites including YouTube and Lynda.com. You might want to record your own screencasts or instructional videos and make these available only to your students. This is an example of how video can enable blended learning and a flipped classroom approach.
While current technology has made video production as easy as pressing a button on a mobile device, there are still a number of practical considerations to be made if you are planning to film your own content. The latest tablets and smartphones usually offer HD picture quality, but this can be storage and upload intensive if recording more than a few minutes. You will want to ensure good sound recording quality by sourcing an appropriate microphone and testing it beforehand. Lighting is also important to create a more professional looking end result – sometimes using just the natural light in a room to illuminate a subject’s face can give a good result.
If you are a member of staff at the University of Brighton thinking about creating video content your learning technologies adviser will be happy to run through options available.
Tool 1: Fuse
Mobile app for capturing video and images for sharing or editing.
As part of the university’s Techsmith Relay video solution the Fuse app enables you to record sessions or presentations to your mobile or tablet device and upload to a secure server in a few easy steps. It offers a variety of output options so you can either embed your video for public or restricted viewing, or incorporate other elements to create a rich learning resource.
Need to know:
- Fuse is a free app available for both iOS and Android devices.
- You can output your video directly to Mediastream, the university’s new video streaming service
- Fuse can record in both HD and SD.
- You can upload content into the app directly from your camera roll.
One practical, pedagogic use of video is recording students’ practical exams or assessments. If used as part of formative assessment, this provides the student with the opportunity to reflect on their performance, as well as options for peer review. As an instructor you can refer back to the video for marking and feedback and, with the student’s permission, use the video for future course/module teaching materials.
Brighton and Sussex Medical School use Fuse equipped iPad filming kits (which include tripod and microphone) to record Observed Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). These are simulated clinical examinations in which students are observed in a series of different scenarios based on activities that would take place in a clinical setting such as taking a patient’s medical history, examining patients or interpreting scans / test results. Some OSCE stations will use real patients or actors playing patients. As well as the student and patient interactions being filmed, the instructors are usually filmed giving their feedback.
Tool 2: Periscope
A live video streaming app.
A simple way to simultaneously broadcast online to a public or private audience or to a roomful of students.
Need to know
- Periscope is owned by Twitter and you can sign up with the same account.
- You can live stream on the app’s public channel or restrict your broadcast to a private group of followers.
- Your broadcast is available on playback for 24 hours.
- The app now supports live streaming via a GoPro camera using an iPhone
- Periscope Has Been Used for 200 Million Broadcasts, 100 Million Since January 2016
An engineering module within the School of Environment and Technology recently made use of the Periscope app to facilitate a joint online and classroom tutorial. Due to the size of the cohort and the type of practical assessment – in this case testing the load on model bridge designs – a solution was reached, with assistance from the eLearning team, whereby students in a separate location could take part via Periscope. A mobile device installed with the app was used as a handheld camera and recorded the bridge testing, which was live streamed to a large screen in another location.
Choose one (or both!) of the tools discussed today and complete the activity. Share your thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #bright5d
Please watch the following video and complete the Fuse related activity:
Task 2: Download the Periscope app to your device and follow the instructions in this video:
- Information Services’ guide to using Techsmith Fuse app
- Periscope: live broadcasting for teaching and learning
- Flipped classroom case studies
 Mobile Consumer 2015: The UK cut Game of phones. (2015). 1st ed. [ebook] Deloitte. Available at: http://www.deloitte.co.uk/mobileuk/assets/pdf/Deloitte-Mobile-Consumer-2015.pdf