Lecture Video with Supplemental Imagery

Sample Lecture Video with Supplemental Imagery

Every instructor has his/her own strengths in teaching techniques. When I can recognize these strengths early in online course development, I attempt to help the instructor make the most of them. As I became acquainted with one instructor, I recognized his stellar ability to lecture with feeling and wit. Combining videos the instructor recorded in our on-campus studio with video effects similar to those I had seen in the Coursera MOOC “The Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior,” I created short lecture videos that are interesting, entertaining, and motivational. We uploaded the videos to YouTube and embedded them into the course’s Blackboard site; you might enjoy viewing one such lecture. (The two key software applications I used to create these videos were Camtasia Studio 8 and Snagit.)

Explainer Video

Sample Explainer Video

Due to the “curse of knowledge,” instructors sometimes assign activities to students without realizing that students may not immediately understand what the activity is about. Seeing numerous instructors assign “annotated bibliographies” when the students might not grasp why such documents are important, I developed a brief explainer video “Annotated Bibliographies … in a Nutshell” using Camtasia Studio and Common Craft images.

Lecture Presentation Using PowerPoint to HTML5

Sample Lecture Presentation Using PowerPoint to HTML5

For a simple, attractive interface to present lectures online, I often recommend the iSpring PowerPoint-to-HTML5 plugin. In these situations, the instructor creates his/her PowerPoint presentation slides and records the audio using such software as Audacity or Camtasia Studio (or even within PowerPoint), and then I combine the visuals and audio into one beautiful package. We then upload the full package to a web server so that students may view the lectures easily and on a number of devices. A sample three-slide segment of an actual lecture presentation demonstrates how attractive, easy to use, and complete the iSpring-produced package can be.

Module Introduction Using SoundCloud

Sample Module Introduction Using SoundCloudInstructor presence is an enormous contributor to a successful online course. One way to provide such presence is through brief audio or video recordings at the beginning of each module or unit. A sample introductory audio message from a course I helped an instructor create provides a combination of a succinct script, engaging music, and meaningful message.

Motivational “Teaser” Video

Sample Motivational Teaser Video

When I design instructional materials, I strive to make them as motivational as possible: to move the learner to want to learn. An art appreciation instructor at Northern Kentucky University included several documentaries as required videos for her students to watch. Because students may view the concept of “documentary” as inherently dull viewing, I suggested that we develop a “teaser” video for Week 1 of the course to drive students toward watching the videos. The video was stored on NKU’s Kaltura webspace, so requiring the students to view the video in Week 1 would also enable us to check that all students could access the webspace as needed for the documentaries in later weeks.

Instructional Video

Sample Instructional Video

As part of my duties for the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), I created the first-ever e-learning course for the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). I wrote and edited scripts, developed storyboards, created images and animations, and developed the course as a series of Flash modules within the Moodle learning management system. I used Adobe Flash to create .swf files for the modules (though today I would plan to use simpler yet highly versatile tools like Articulate or iSpring). View a sample of one of the videos. (The video sample is an .swf file; if your device does not support .swf files, you will be unable to view the video.)

Screencast Tutorial Videos

Sample Screencast Tutorial Video Series

As my graduate school practicum project, I collaborated with the Berea College Hutchins Library staff to design and develop a series of screencast tutorial videos about the library’s electronic catalog, or BANC. Katie Foran, one of the librarians, wrote the scripts (which I then edited) and recorded the audio. I used Camtasia Studio to do the screencasts and produce the “theater” of videos in one package. The videos are still available on the library website.

Website Using HTML/CSS

Sample Website Using HTML/CSS

I grew up attending a small rural Baptist church in south-central Kentucky, and my mother still attends. A few years ago, I designed and developed a website to make the church more accessible to everyone. I designed the Plum Point Baptist Church site using HTML/CSS and placed it on a shared server.

Website Using Weebly

Sample Website Using Weebly

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) provides workshops for Appalachian women determined to rebuild their lives and shape positive futures after circumstances have created difficult times. The NOSW Foundation, the umbrella organization for support and further development of the NOSW campuses, had a basic website, but it left much to be desired. I volunteered in early 2014 to revamp and freshen the site using Weebly. The site has since been revamped (again).