Event Title

Technical Choices for Converting a Large Class in Wildlife Ecology into a Distance Education Program

Location

Natural Resources Room 109

Event Website

http://uenr.warnercnr.colostate.edu

Start Date

3-24-2012 12:30 PM

End Date

3-24-2012 1:00 PM

Description

If you are a Mac user that is on your own in creating a distance-web course, it is possible to do so inexpensively , with good quality results and a relatively small learning curve. My objectives in developing a distance education site for a Wildlife Ecology and Conservation course that had previously been delivered in classrooms with up to 230 students included: 1. Delivery in h.264 format to accommodate the then fledgling iOS ecosystem (i.e., no Flash); 2. Host the site inexpensively and still deliver streaming video to a reasonably large audience; 3. Develop a professional looking website with minimum site development expertise and in a rapid development environment; 4. Capture classroom and video podcast lectures of the screen and lecturer using built-in or external video camera(s); 5. Easily edit videos to produce clear results and to adjust content in the future without necessitating a complete redo; and provide a way to integrate . I also wanted to be able to add closed captioning as resources became available. In my presentation, I will discuss the Mac software suite used (PC equivalents will be mentioned wherever possible), hosting service, hardware that proved reliable and provided redundancy in sound and screen recording, and compare advantages & limitations to institutional services like Panopto and Echo360, or how this approach might be integrated with new tools like digital textbooks.

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Citation: Seibert, T. 2012. Technical Choices for Converting a Large Class in Wildlife Ecology into a Distance Education Program. UENR 9th Biennial Conference. http://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/9thBiennial/Sessions/43/

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Mar 24th, 12:30 PM Mar 24th, 1:00 PM

Technical Choices for Converting a Large Class in Wildlife Ecology into a Distance Education Program

Natural Resources Room 109

If you are a Mac user that is on your own in creating a distance-web course, it is possible to do so inexpensively , with good quality results and a relatively small learning curve. My objectives in developing a distance education site for a Wildlife Ecology and Conservation course that had previously been delivered in classrooms with up to 230 students included: 1. Delivery in h.264 format to accommodate the then fledgling iOS ecosystem (i.e., no Flash); 2. Host the site inexpensively and still deliver streaming video to a reasonably large audience; 3. Develop a professional looking website with minimum site development expertise and in a rapid development environment; 4. Capture classroom and video podcast lectures of the screen and lecturer using built-in or external video camera(s); 5. Easily edit videos to produce clear results and to adjust content in the future without necessitating a complete redo; and provide a way to integrate . I also wanted to be able to add closed captioning as resources became available. In my presentation, I will discuss the Mac software suite used (PC equivalents will be mentioned wherever possible), hosting service, hardware that proved reliable and provided redundancy in sound and screen recording, and compare advantages & limitations to institutional services like Panopto and Echo360, or how this approach might be integrated with new tools like digital textbooks.

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cuenr/9thBiennial/Sessions/43