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3 Simple Questions for Better Video

March 16, 2010 by David Macasaet

Teacher and student using a videocamera

Digital video has become increasingly easy to use and share. At the same time, a widely held criticism from both professionals and novices alike is that navigating the shear number of new video technologies can be a real obstacle. Perhaps there's a problem with a camera that's not compatible with computer software, or a file that does not work across different computers, or problems sharing video because of file size or video format. The growth of high definition (HD) video and tapeless cameras has only expanded the technical landscape of digital video. Read more »

Two Workshops: WiscChat and Delivering Video for a Teaching Portfolio

November 24, 2009 by Chad Shorter

L&S Learning Support Services announces two separate workshops:  one on WiscChat and another on delivering video in a Teaching Portfolio.

Thursday 3 December
11 AM - 12 PM
College Library 2257

Delivering Video in a Teaching Portfolio
(Quicktime Pro and iDVD)
Friday 4 December
1-2 PM
Digital Media Center -- 425 Henry Mall
(Room 1240 of the Biotechnology center)

Seating capacity is limited and registration is required. Read more »

Workshop: Delivering Video for a Teaching Portfolio

November 13, 2009 by Chad Shorter

L&S Learning Support Services will conduct a workshop on using QuickTime (Pro) and iDVD to deliver the video portion of a Teaching Portfolio.  These concepts build off of the workshop on obtaining useful video footage for a portfolio, but attendance at the previous workshop is not a prerequisite.  The workshop is open to all college instructors (faculty, staff, and  TAs). Read more »

New Web Survey Hosting Service

November 11, 2009 by Lisa Jansen

UW-Madison faculty, staff and students can now create web surveys, collect and store data, and produce reports using Qualtrics Survey Hosting Service. The best part is that there is no cost to UW-Madison faculty, staff and students! The service is being subsidized by UW-System.

The new service includes: Read more »

How-to guides from L&S LSS

October 30, 2009 by Doug Worsham

Since the launch of our new website in early 2009, L&S Learning Support Services has greatly expanded our collection of online how-to guides. Read more »

Workshop: Taking Video for a Teaching Portfolio

October 28, 2009 by Chad Shorter

L&S LSS will offer a workshop for L&S instructors on strategies for taking video of classroom instruction for inclusion in a teaching portfolio. 

Friday 6 November
1:00-2:00 PM
Van Hise 294

The workshop is designed to cover suggestions for the types of classroom moments that are particularly advantageous for a portfolio and how to make the best of a one-camera shoot.  In addition, there will be a brief hands-on guide to the shoot and share camcorders available in the AV Pool with a discussion of their advantages and potential shortcomings. Read more »

Instructor Training for WiscChat

October 23, 2009 by Chad Shorter

Note:  This workshop will be offered at a later date.  Please watch for further announcements.

L&S LSS presents a workshop open to instructors in the College of Letters & Science on WiscChat, an instant messaging service that can be utilized simply with a web browser or with a chat client. 

Both workshop sessions are identical and will cover hands-on technical
skills as well as a discussion of possible uses, advantages and
limitations of the tool (e.g. instruction, online office hours, student
collaboration, pandemic planning, etc.). Read more »

LSS Consulting Supports CREECA Digital Stories

October 15, 2009 by David Macasaet


LSS recently provided production support to CREECA (Center for
Russia, East Europe & Central Asia)
  for a series of audio lectures
and "digital stories". The audio content is part of Inside Islam: Dialogues and Debates, a
new-media initiative that seeks to challenge misconceptions and
stereotypical perceptions about Islam and Muslims worldwide. Read more »

Instructor Training for Audacity Audio Software

September 28, 2009 by Chad Shorter

LSS will provide a training workshop for instructors on Audacity, an audio recording and editing software, Friday 2 October at 10 a.m. in Van Hise 259A.

10:00-10:30 -- Basic technical training on how to record and edit.
10:30-11:00 -- Discussion about effective usage for instruction. Read more »

Wiscchat: Creating private chatrooms for course activities

September 17, 2009 by Sue Weier

Wiscchat can be an effective way to easily incorporate groupchat into your course activities.  It is important to plan carefully for groupchat activities.  You may find smaller groups more effective.  Ground rules can also make the chat more effective.

To keep non-rostered participants from entering the chatroom, we suggest that you use a private chatroom for any groupchat class activities. Read more »

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