Online content as video capture of activities that take place in laboratories, studios, and kinetic-related cognitive space is an emerging area for online or hybrid course development. There are cognitive, technical, managerial, and editorial aspects of these types of online media production.
Cognitively, multimedia learning principles provide solid guidance based on established scientific research. The video clips of lab demonstrations and exposition are processed by students in dual channels. That is, “humans possess separate channels for processing visual and auditory information” (Mayer, 2009, p. 63). Therefore, there are limits on processing excessive information at one time unless active processing strategies are applied. These strategies include: minimizing extraneous cognitive load, adding cues to highlight important information to direct students' attention, and managing intrinsic load by learner's control of pace and chunking instructional materials segments. The Center for Teaching and Learning at Wiley Education Service provides a complete, succinct, and linked resource here.
Therefore, when capturing real-time video in a lab, studio, or clinic settings, please keep in mind:
Technically, equipment availability and proper use considerations that can impact optimal and efficient content development. Time is a very important consideration here - it can take more than you may initially think.
Some equipment available from the JMU Libraries Equipment checkout include (Note: the links to the equipment will prompt you to log in the equipment loan with JMU eID):
Managerially, footage captured with the above equipment needs to be well organized so you can easily find and organize files. Visit our Data Management website for advice on naming and organizing your files. Good file management can save you time in developing your instructional content (Liu & Johnson, 2020). Borrowing a portable hard drive can be a temporary solution. Faculty and staff may borrow 128Gb external hard drives and other equipment for free through JMU Libraries Equipment Loans.
Another more flexible option is Open Science Framework. Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open source web application built to help researchers manage their workflows. The OSF is part collaboration tool, part version control software, and part data archive. The OSF connects to popular tools researchers already use, like Dropbox, Box, Github and Mendeley, to streamline workflows and increase efficiency (Shorish, 2020; Liu & Johnson, 2020).
Editorially, TechSmith Knowmia (formerly TechSmith Relay) is a JMU Libraries supported software (and free for JMU faculty and staff). Video clips can be uploaded to your personal Knowmia profile (see a tutorial here from TechSmith), and edited (see a tutorial from TechSmith), and then shared directly to your Canvas class site (refer to Step 17 of the Lecture Recording section in this guide.)
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