Creating Instructional Videos in Repurposed ITV Rooms
To assist instructors in creating instructional videos, the four ITV rooms at each of the North Island College campuses have been repurposed for video production with IT supports. These rooms include high quality cameras, excellent microphones, digital whiteboards and document cameras along with ability for an IT staff member at CV campus to remotely assist in starting and stopping video capture process and provisioning files for uploading to NIC MediaSpace.
If an instructor wishes to book time with an IT staff member to create one or more videos, please follow the process outlined below.
Recommended Uses of this Process for Instructional Videos
Instructional videos can be created with Kaltura Capture product on your laptops/desktop computers using two or three inputs. You can do audio input with a second input capturing your slides, or you can also add in a third input by showing your face/upper body with your web cam. This format works well for many instructors. Here are some examples of when it might be better to use the repurposed ITV rooms for video capture.
- instructors who want to present a slide deck and narrate over content while standing with students able to see the instructor using their arms/body to emphasize content
- instructors who feel more comfortable writing on a whiteboard to present lesson components, find it easier to write on whiteboard than use digital tablet/interactive pen
- instructors who have items they want to show under the document camera and explan on video
- instructors who want to bring in items/objects that are not able to be shown on a web cam and want to demonstrate/explain use
- more than one instructor who wants to co-present, co-teach a concept to students and need to demonstrate something together
Set Up Details
Because we are not offering any ITV classes this academic year, the following rooms have been removed from the scheduling system and set aside for creation of instructional videos. Comox Valley Campus: DIS 205, Campbell River Campus: CWG 231, Port Alberni Campus: CEN 210 and Port Hardy Campus: MWC 101. Each room contains good quality video conferencing equipement (camera, microphones, digital whiteboard, document camera, instructor station). Each room can be managed centrally by the CV campus. Harry Tewinkel (Distributed Learning Media Technician) will be the key IT staff member managing this service. He will book the ITV rooms in the Distributed Learning Calendar and he will be the main point of contact to figure out a time that works best for his schedule and yours.
There is a lighting kit that will be available for signing out separately if you wish to enhance the lighting in the ITV rooms. If you wish to be on camera and have students ensure they can see you, you should sign out the lighting kit (see below in process) and be sure it is available at same time you are booking the room.
Tip: Consider creating short (no more than 5-7 minute) videos from the get-go. Kaltura Capture doesn’t have sophisticated editing abilities to splice and dice video. Plan ahead and think about what short segments you can take. Harry will provide you with each video but don’t do one big long video. Keep it short and on point!
- Email: Send an email directly to Harry dot Tewinkel at nic dot bc dot ca with your request along with preferred dates and times, including your preferred campus location. Consider booking one hour sessions to focus on getting smaller video segments done and giving time for more faculty to use the production studio.
- Schedule: Harry will check the ITV room schedule for that campus and will be in touch with what works for him and the room. He also has to check that the IT members at the other campuses can be around to help with any preliminary set up and notify Facilities to ensure the room is open. Just be patient with this process. If you are needing a lighting kit (becuase you want to be visible on camera and enhance the lighting in the room), put in a request and see if you can get the lighting kit for that time period from your campus More details on Mount Dog 3 softbox lighting kit. Tip: You might want to check lighting kit availablity before scheduling with Harry.
- Prepare: After confirmation of the date and time, gather up all the resources you need to bring with you to campus. Practice your video components in your own home to make sure you have the timing downpat and have any script or prompts on paper for you to follow.
- Cleaning: Before you start working in the room, use the cloth and cleaning fluid to clean the area where you will be standing/working. Don’t spray the cleaning fluid on the keyboard or monitor, instead just put on the cloth and wipe down the area you are about to touch. This ensure the space is clean before you use it. At the end of your session, you will clean the same area you used and wash your hands upon leaving. If you are the last person that day to use the room, you will turn the door sign to indicate that it needs cleaning.
- Production: Harry will direct you through his remote connectivity to the room. He will tell you where you can stand and how to get ready for your session. He will tell you when he is starting recording and will stop upon your direction.
- Video Files: After the session Harry will provision you with your video recording(s) in a share drive folder to pick up on your own. It takes a bit of time to process video and depending on his schedule, he’ll let you know when the file(s) will be ready. You are best to do this on-campus as the access to share drives is easier and uploading to NIC MediaSpace will be faster.
- Uploading to NIC MediaSpace: Go to Guest > Log In > + Add New > Media Upload – search for media and upload each file. See Teach Anywhere site with more details on Kaltura.
- Edit: Edit your videos taking out any pieces you don’t want, possibly adding a proper thumbnail first slide/title slide and providing any other details, adding in all published items and publishing with “unlisted” to share with your students or adding to the Media Gallery in your Blackboard Learn course.