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Engage Awards: Excellent Opportunity to Innovate with your Students

April 14, 2010 by Doug Worsham

The Engage Awards are back with another excellent opportunity for you and your students to innovate together.

Engage offers funding and support for instructors to explore new ground with their teaching. Then, based on instructor and student surveys, Engage evaluates the results and disseminates findings to campus.

The theme for 2010-2011 is timely - Digital Media Assignments:

In a digital media assignment students demonstrate their learning of course content through the creation of multimedia learning objects using video, audio, still images and text. Examples of digital media assignments might involve students creating
short video documentaries, digital stories, audio and enhanced podcasts,
"digital essays", and other types of multimedia presentations. (adapted from the Engage website)

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 »

Document camera: Set up in a Van Hise Mediated Classroom

February 22, 2010 by Doug Worsham

Essential Information

Set up

Plug in the power supply for the Document Camera. Read more »

H2 Handy Recorder: Start to finish

February 4, 2010 by Doug Worsham

H2 Handy Recorder


The H2 is a versatile and popular recording device that allows
instructors to quickly and easily record digital audio. It has four
internal microphones that make it a great choice for recording
interviews. Read more »

Kodak Zx1: Start to finish

December 28, 2009 by Doug Worsham

Kodak Zx1

Essential Information

  • Capture in VGA mode: We highly recommend capturing video in VGA mode (also called "Standard Definition" mode). Recording in VGA creates files that are smaller in size and easier to use with editing software.

LSS Welcomes Jonathan Klein

December 2, 2009 by David Macasaet

Photo of Jonathan Klein

L&S Learning Support Services is happy to welcome Jonathan Klein to LSS!  Jonathan will be part of the LSS Media Services team and focus on video production, video editing and instructional technology consulting.

Prior to joining LSS, Jonathan worked for the Wisconsin State Senate as a digital media and communications coordinator, providing video production services, web development support and general technology consulting. He is currently working on a M.S. of Information and Communication Technology with an emphasis in e-Learning. 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 »

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 »

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