UAF eCampus Media Production Studio
UAF eCampus jointly manages a production studio located at 375a Rasmuson Library. This facility is available to faculty teaching eCampus-supported courses who are interested in increasing their course production values and their own presence as instructors. The effectiveness of including rich media products into online courses has been demonstrated in the recent research and is something that online students are coming to expect.
Productions in the media studio fall broadly into three categories: Learning Glass, Talking Head, or Greenscreen. There is some overlap between the categories, depending on what the needs are for the production.
Learning Glass, or lightboard, is a novel amalgam of existing technologies that allows one to present written content while still facing the audience. For more on this tool, visit the Learning Glass resource page on iTeachU.
This is the simplest type of studio production: Face the camera and talk. Many instructors create videos like this for their straighforward ease of production and fast turnaround to publication. For example, UAF Professor of Justice Frank Boldt produced videos in this format for an online course in Spring 2017.
Types of Educational Video
The twelve videos in the taxonomy at right represent the broad range of video types that eCampus is able to help produce for an online course. It’s important to note that the boundaries can be fuzzy. A Talking Head video may also be been done on greenscreen, as in the example here. The Text Overlay video is also greenscreen video and contains basic animation, for example. The Live video is really the same as a talking head video, but with three participants, and broadcast in realtime without editing. These videos represent a range of possibilities in terms of production, not set categories or limitations.
This taxonomy was inspired by and builds off of the Hansch et al. 2015 review of video in online learning. All videos included are listed in the “Video List” drop down menu:
- Talking Head: Introduction to ABUS 263: Public Relations
- Picture-in-Picture: BIOL F193: Narrated Elevated Plus Maze
- Text Overlay: Linguistics 101 Online
- Live Field Broadcast: In the Alaska Garden with Heidi Rader.
- Screencast: iTeach: Collaboration in the Google World
- Animation: Alaska’s Spending & Revenue Model
- Interview/Discussion: BA F491: An Interview with Geoff Welch
- Overhead: BIOL F195: Reproductive Morphology: Live Fruits, Simple Fleshy
- DIY Webcam Capture: BIOL F193: Behavioral Results after Fluvoxamine Treatment
- Learning Glass: Photosynthesis — The Big Picture
- On Location: Gary Copus: Introduction to Justice 110
- Greenscreen: Arctic & Earth SIGNs — Earth System Poster Assignment 2
Using the Studio
The eCampus Media Studio is a managed space. Instructional designers work one on one with faculty members to produce video content after identifying their needs and developing a production plan.
To reserve time in the studio or receive assistance in producing media content for an eCampus-supported course, contact Studio Media Production Designer Eric Lonn at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out and submit the media request form to the right.
Media Studio Request Form
Complete the media request form to request assistance in planning, shooting or editing media content for your course.
Learn more about the variety of potential productions in this short video.
UAF Instructional Designers
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