One new service the Technology Integration Center is able to support is recording and production of rich media modules. These modules can be housed on a web page with a link embedded in a Blackboard content page, an e-mail message, or a wiki. The TIC recording studio has lighting and video capabilities, a dedicated computer with Captivate and other production software, and a state-of-the-art microphone for recording voice-over narrations.
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Faculty members interested in scheduling studio time should contact Sharon Stone or Brandon Corbett to discuss their project needs. Here are some things to keep in mind as you design your project:

What purpose will your recording or learning module serve?
Do you want to archive a live lecture for future reference, or perhaps for students or colleagues unable to attend the live event? Or do you want to create an introduction to readings and important concepts, effectively "flipping" the classroom to allow time for more (and deeper) discussion during class? We recommend using Adobe Connect to record video archival materials and Adobe Captivate to create learning modules with slides and narration.

What is your timeline?
You will need considerably more planning time to produce a high-quality learning module than you do for an archival recording. However, if you are unfamiliar with Adobe Connect, you will want to contact the TIC staff to schedule a training session. Since learning modules are usually intended to be viewed multiple times, depending on the needs and preferences of the students, these should be organized according to a detailed outline or storyboard and the narration should follow a script. This will help you gauge the amount of time needed to run the module, as well as produce it. If you are not familiar with Captivate, you will need to allow for some time to play with the software and learn its basic functions. Again, the TIC staff can schedule a training date for you.

How important is sound and video quality? How widely will this project be disseminated?
Again, for archival recordings, the video and sound quality may not be as important as the slides and documents shown to the class. Yet if you plan to allow wider access to the recording, perhaps to include teachers in a school division or conference workshop attendees, you may want to ensure the quality is at a higher level.

When using Captivate:

  • Recordings are generally of a higher quality
  • This application is excellent for narrating PowerPoint slides
  • Students can take interactive self-quizzes as they work through the module
  • Captivate supports video film clips in addition to text and graphics
  • Projects must be completed in the TIC recording studio
  • Text of the narration can easily be added to comply with ADA requirements
  • Things users should supply:
    • an SD card or flash drive with at least 2GB of free space;
    • a printed script for voice-over narration (each slide's narration will be recorded as a separate sound file);
    • if filming video, a PowerPoint file with script or bulleted prompts in a 36pt or larger font;
    • optional: personal laptop to run the PowerPoint script as a "teleprompter" (or e-mail the PPT file to be accessed on a TIC laptop);
    • optional: a remote to advance script slides (or use TIC remote as available).

When using Adobe Connect:

  • Setup is easier;
  • Connect has greater portability, i.e., can be used anywhere the meeting host has a web cam and Internet connection;
  • Training for Adobe Connect is not as involved as for Captivate, so more people can learn to use it more quickly;
  • Some sound and feedback issues occur if participants are given microphone privileges;
  • Chat window can also be recorded to preserve comments of attendees;
  • Host can share documents, whiteboard, and Internet sites through the meeting room main window.