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In Focus LIVE: Academic Reorganization Discussion

In Focus, DMP, EdTechRobyn Reese

During the first week of May, Dr. Bioteau released a President’s Message that described in broad strokes some of the changes that will be made in Academic Affairs for the 2017-2018 year. Dr. Wall asked to utilize the In Focus platform to present a more detailed account of this new organizational structure and to provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to ask questions directly. There was a specific focus on those in Academic Affairs areas. Above, you can view a recording of this live-streamed conversation between Dr. Wall and Assistant Director of Academic Technology Brandi Bleak. 

Viewers of the livestream can follow along with Dr. Wall's PowerPoint below. Towards the end of the segment, Dr. Wall promised to answer all questions that were not covered prior to the end of the stream in this space. Please continue to revisit this space over the next few weeks, as those answers are still forthcoming. Those who have questions moving forward can direct them to provost@fscj.edu.

Watch a Special (End-of-Semester) In Focus: Student Edition

In Focus, DMP, Student Content, EdTechRobyn Reese

At this time of year, we all struggle to make it the last fifteen percent of the semester because we just want to think about the summertime! The drawback of this magical feeling of euphoria is that it is also finals time: the most important part of the term! For April's In Focus: Student Edition, Brandi and Robyn took a look at some apps to help you stay on track during these final days so that you can master your final exams. Then, we switched gears to look at ways that you can make the most of your summer!

After watching the video, you can download the apps that were discussed by clicking on the tiles below. Good luck on your final exams and happy summer! 

In Focus LIVE: New MediaSpace Tools!

In Focus, DMP, EdTechRobyn Reese

On March 31, the Academic Technology Department hosted an episode of In Focus LIVE that showcased some of the new, easy to use features of MediaSpace, FSCJ's video platform! While you may have used MediaSpace to watch videos, store media, or integrate into your Blackboard courses, a recent update has also given faculty and staff the opportunity to create video quizzes and to do simple screen and lecture capture. MediaSpace expert Michael Smith joined Brandi and Robyn to share best practices for using these new tools within and outside of Blackboard. Watch the In Focus episode below, then, for more information about specific features mentioned in the segment, view the curated playlist of videos below, provided by Kaltura/MediaSpace.

If you are interested in becoming a MediaSpace expert, sign up for Kaltura University, Kaltura's free and comprehensive training program! Kaltura University provides a great overview of how to make, store, and manage videos, with details about chaptering and organizing content.  


How to Use MediaSpace and Upload Videos

Become a MediaSpace power user! This video will show you how it works, and how you can use it to find and view video content at FSCJ. It will also give you a look at how to upload a video from your computer to MediaSpace and how your videos can be organized into playlists and channels. 


Using the CaptureSpace Recorder

CaptureSpace is an exciting new tool that is available for FREE for all FSCJ faculty and staff. It can be used to do screen, voice, and camera recordings with up to three inputs. This video will give a brief overview of how to record videos using CaptureSpace, and will explain how to complete post-production tasks like chaptering and indexing. finally, it provides a look at the flexible media player that is one of the unique features of screencasts that are completed using CaptureSpace. 


 

Post-production Video Tips

This short video will give the novice creator of educational content some tips for how to make videos look more professional. Many of the suggestions provided, including trimming, adding a title, and adding credits, can be done with the touch of a button within MediaSpace.

Others, like captioning for accessibility, are equally important for educational content, but must be done outside of the MediaSpace platform. More information about captioning can be found at the bottom of this blog post. 


 

Adding Video Quizzes

Video quizzes are the newest and most exciting educational feature to be added to the MediaSpace platform. Video quizzes can be created with any video that has been uploaded to the system, and provide a wide range of flexibility in terms of the types of questions that can be asked and their placement within the video. Using the easy techniques that are integrated into MediaSpace, you can create professional looking video assessments that can measure student engagement with media content, as well as concept retention. 


 

Gathering Data from Video Quizzes

Once you have created a video quiz, learn how to use a variety of different tools to gather data about your students' performance. Reports can be viewed within Kaltura, can be exported into Excel, and can be directly sent to the Blackboard gradebook.

Video quizzes can be integrated into Blackboard, to be used for course assessment, as well as being used to track which students are watching required course media.


Tips for using Video for Teaching and Learning

Are you new to creating videos for educational purposes? Learn from the wisdom of MediaSpace users and video professionals from around the country who are interviewed in this video and provide simple tips that you can incorporate into your work. Remember: in making educational videos content, not technology, is king! Make sure that you are using the tool of video to deliver the information that you want your students to learn. 


For more information about how captioning for accessibility is handled at FSCJ, visit the Information Technology Knowledge Base here

Questions, comments or feedback? Email et@fscj.edu.

Lending a Hand to the LLC

DMPRobin Herriff

Last week, the Digital Media Productions team took a literary trip to the Deerwood and Downtown Campus LLCs.  In honor of African-American History Month, we helped the LLCs shoot a series of interviews and readings with FSCJ administrators, faculty, and staff about their favorite African American authors.  You can find the finished videos on the FSCJ Library and Learning Commons Facebook page.  Check them out!

Join Us for January's In Focus LIVE!

DMP, In FocusRobyn Reese
 

Not sure where to turn or who to call when you're looking around for technology assistance?  What's the best way to find out the answers for yourself? What enterprise resources are available here at the College? We answered these questions (and more) in January's broadcast.

 

On Friday, January 27th at 10:00 AM, the Academic Technology Team live streamed the latest episode of our In Focus series, which took a deeper look at Information Technology Services' new website, help.fscj.edu

Our broadcast started with a general overview of how to use the site and provided a closer look at some of its improved features. The Educational Technology team explained how to fill out a help ticket, how to request new technology, and how to easily reset your password without having to contact the help desk. WE clarified when to use the "Request a Service" feature and when to use "Get Help", and shared some available resources for new faculty and staff. 

You can view a recording of January's In Focus below. Please feel free to send any questions that you may have after viewing it to et@fscj.edu, and stay tuned to this blog, the FSCJIT Twitter, and help.fscj.edu for information about future In Focus LIVE broadcasts!

Future Digital Media students

DMP, PhotosRobin Herriff

Today the Digital Media Productions studio was full of excitement as magnet TV Production students from the Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology came to visit and talk about their futures, FSCJ's program offerings, and possible careers.  The students asked great questions and even got a chance to get in front of the cameras for a change.  We're looking forward to seeing many of them back in our studios as FSCJ students in the near future!

In Focus LIVE: SharePoint Training

In Focus, DMPRobyn Reese

Did you miss our In Focus LIVE segment on Friday, October 21, at 10:00 AM?  It provided an in-depth look at SharePoint, Microsoft's file sharing app that can be accessed through Office365. Carey Robinson, SharePoint Administrator, and Samantha Beilhart, SharePoint Power User, shared tips and tricks that can help you maximize your work efficiency and improve your collaborative ability.

If so, don't worry! We have uploaded the broadcast below, for first-time or repeat viewing! Thanks for watching and stay tuned for next month's edition of In Focus.

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DMP Behind the Scenes: Diversity videos

DMP, PhotosMark Hubbard

When the client asks to have four of the same person on screen at once and your cloning machine is in the shop, what do you do? Use a green screen of course! 

We started off by filming each person 4 times. After each "actor" would read their line, we would read out the other lines to give the talent a sense of timing and direct them to look left and right to sell the effect of them all being there with each other.

After filming was complete I uploaded the clips into Adobe After Effects and composited them into the scene together. From there is was just a matter of matching the timing between the clips and animating a virtual camera to move between each character.

The final touch was making them look like paper cut-outs. This actually took me a while to figure out. I tried so many different things but they all looked bad. Then I realized it was actually a super easy solution! I won't bore you with the nitty gritty on that, but it's always good to remember when you're banging your head against the wall and coming up empty, take a step back. Go for a quick walk and clear your head. Then Google the correct answer and realize how easy it actually was. ;)

Click here to see the finished videos.

FSCJ Safe App

Videos, DMP, Student Content, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Here's a list of the features on FSCJ's new easy-to-use safety app that everyone should have loaded on their mobile device.

1. FSCJ Twitter feed
An easy way to get to the FSCJ Official Twitter feed, which offers up-to-date information such as closures, emergencies, and event information.

2. Emergency Contacts
Instantly call security, 911, or JSO for off campus emergencies while on any campus.

3. Mobile Bluelight
This feature calls campus security for you as well as sends them your location through the GPS on your phone.

4. Friend Walk
This feature allows you to connect with one of your contacts and to them your location in real time. They can watch as you travel to your destination and call for help if needed.  There is an emergency button that allows you to notify your friend if you are in danger and connects you with the emergency number.

5. Virtual Walkhome
This is similar to friend walk however, instead of one of your contacts being notified, you can be monitored directly by security while you are on campus.  To use, simply select your location and wait for confirmation that you are being monitored. This option also includes an easily accessible emergency button.

6. Report a Tip
If you encounter a situation that you think should be brought to the attention of campus security this feature provides several ways to do that.  You can email a report, email a photo or video, or phone in a tip.

7.  Personal Safety Toolbox
This feature provides useful tools when in an emergency situation.  They include a flashlight, a loud alarm, and another way to send your location to security to indicate you need help.  This is also where you can find the emergency hotline for college employees.

8. Campus Maps
This is a useful feature even when you aren’t in an emergency situation. The detailed maps are available for each campus and are interactive.

9.  Emergency Plans
It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these plans before an emergency situation happens.  It contains detailed instructions on the correct procedure and safest behavior in several different situations, including evacuations and severe weather conditions.  It also connects you with the College emergency hotline.

10.  Helpful Resources
This feature provides basic College information such as academic schedules and catalog in an easy to navigate format.

 

A Day in the Studio with DMP

DMPRobin Herriff

Our Digital Media Productions team is a busy place these days, creating educational content for faculty and staff.  Here's a behind-the-scenes look at just one very busy day in the studio!  Projects included a video shoot about the new FSCJ Safe app with Security Director Gordon Bass, the first of ten social media interviews with TEDxFSCJ speakers, a LIVE In Focus conversation with Provost Dr. John Wall, and hand-drawing animation for a series of videos we're creating for Diversity and Inclusion Month.  Phew!

Discovering the Knowledge Base

Videos, DMP, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Have you searched for an answer in the Knowledge Base?

One of the missions of Academic Technology is to ensure everyone at the College has access to assistance when they have a question related to technology. We've developed help.fscj.edu, which is the go-to place to submit a ticket for help, call or chat with a service desk representative.   What if you want to fix a problem yourself, or are just looking for tips on how to use college systems or equipment? For self-service information, you can search a topic within the Knowledge Base

The Knowledge Base is an always-evolving compendium of information about Information Technology systems and services, including Office 365, Blackboard, Peoplesoft, and Media Space.  New articles are constantly being added, along with links to video tutorials, screen captures, and written step-by-step instructions. Everything is searchable by topic or category, as shown on the screen shot above. If you don't see an answer to a question you have, simply email us at et@fscj.edu, and we'll be happy to create a solution that can be added for others who may have the same concern. 

In Focus LIVE - Smarter Proctoring

In Focus, DMP, EdTechBrandi Bleak

 

On this episode we will be talking about Smarter Proctoring, a new proctoring process management system that helps facilitate and streamline exam instructions and materials from beginning to end.  Andrew Pierce from the Deerwood Campus Assessment Center will share the features and processes of this new software, which works from within Blackboard.  Please tune in to see how you can access and use the software, plus what students need to know to take a proctored exam. 

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New Show Coming Soon!

DMP, EdTechBrandi Bleak

The first episode of our newest production will air early this Fall semester. The mission of the is to share information about innovative technology being used by our amazing faculty at each of our campuses. Stay tuned for more updates and to see who will be featured!

Town Hall & Training Days

DMP, EdTechBrandi Bleak

Here's a quick peek inside the world of Information Technology Services this week! Yesterday, we had our second Town Hall style meeting with CIO, Christy Campbell. After an overview and a few updates, each director was given the opportunity to speak to the department and nominate an employee who has been doing an outstanding job.

Today, the Client Services team is participating in Customer Service training with a very knowledgable, experienced trainer. Their role of serving the faculty, staff, and students who call or chat about any issues is extremely important and we want them to have the best tools available at their disposal.

In Focus LIVE - Blackboard Collaborate Edition

In Focus, DMP, EdTechBrandi Bleak

This episode of In Focus was a special edition, which aired May 25th at noon. The LIVE event covered the details of the newly available Blackboard Collaborate tool. Brandi Bleak and Marc Boese hosted the episode from Deerwood's TV Studio, but online streaming means viewers were able to participate from any campus - or really, anywhere in the world! 

Here is the recorded segment for viewers who were unable to watch live. If you have any questions about the tool or would like to share how you are using it in your class, we would love to hear about it. Email us at et@fscj.edu.