Tuesday, January 30, 2007
YouTube.Com is a free site that you can use to host video content for your course.
The video content is streamed out to the user in an Adobe Flash file (meaning that users cannot easily download and store your materials). There is no limitation on the number of videos that you upload, and you have the ability to delete videos any time you desire.
The limitations on file size are that videos must be less than 100MB and shorter than 10 minutes. These restrictions are not that troubling, because you can always take a longer sequence and cut it into smaller pieces.
As you post new videos, they automatically are loaded in LIFO order (last in, first out) - so that your more recent additions are at the front of the list that viewers can access.
The one frustration is that the audio and video can fall out of synchronization (synch). This is a result of the conversion to Flash; it is a known issue and not one that you can easily control. Some people find this extremely distracting (especially those who might be hard of hearing and rely upon mouth position to help discern words), but most users will not find it too bothersome.
As a demonstration, I've uploaded a couple videos (my profile site is http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=nospam4artsnet ).
You can watch one of my videos (on how to get ready for recording audio using a computer headset microphone) by going to the link at:
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Studio shot - image link from MentalEngineering.com
Over the weekend, I had the honor and privilege of attending the taping of 2 episodes of the show Mental Engineering - which broadcasts on public television in about 100 markets. This show is GREAT! I was already a big fan before I had a chance to see the live recording.
John Forde (pronounced four-dee) is the host, and he brings together professors, comedians, and celebrities to discuss the psychological, social, and political aspects/impacts of nationally released television commercials.
The show runs on Channel 17 Saturdays at 9PM, and also intermittently on Channel 2 on Sundays at 11:30PM.
More information about the show is at: http://www.mentalengineering.com/index.html
John also provide a "lesson plan" for graduate level students in social psychology. Information is at: http://www.mentalengineering.com/class.asp.
If you have interests in advertising or marketing, then you should definitely get involved in watching this show and telling your local public television affiliate to keep the show in its line-up. John is also looking for financial support - so if you come to love the show, consider a tax-deductible donation.
To see some low-resolution video clips from the show, you can visit YouTube.com and search for the user profile of JohnForde (http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnforde)
Another great site, if you are interested in advertising, is AdCritic.Com and their companion magazine Creativity. This is a paid-subscription site, and it is pricey (they have a 12-month special for $99),
but when it was a free service, I found it to be one of the BEST resources regarding advertising from across the world (print ads as well as full-clips from television ads).
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Assistant professor Steve Creason shared his views about Management Information Systems and the changing roles of work. Our conversation was so interesting that it went much longer than expected. Therefore, you get TWO podcasts in one (each about 20 minutes).
- 1:45 How much technology and how much management?
- 2:52 You have to understand Profit and Loss!
- 4:36 You need a lot more business education than you need technology education.
- 5:28 Outsourcing
- 8:10 You want to concentrate on your core business.
- 9:15 What's important data, and what's less important data?
- 10:35 Government makes decisions based on consensus....
- 11:30 On the verge on a shift in the way our economy works.
- 13:00 We need to teach managers to manage by task rather than by hour.
- 15:30 Remote work in a team environment.
- 17:00 Getting managers and professors to teach to the capability of the technology.
- 0:45 No longer tethered to the desk.
- 2:35 Being "on call" through technology.
- 3:40 Managing by time causes the problem.
- 5:30 Working class has easier.
- 6:30 Preserving the knowledge capital with an aging population.
- 7:30 McDonalds' expert systems
- 9:08 Knowledge narratives
- 10:00 Company historians.
- 12:00 Managing a company versus managing customer expectations.
- 17:14 No one knew what Enron did.
- 18:30 How much does it cost to keep your customers?
- 21:10 The biggest failure in online.
- 22:00 What does eBay really sell?
- 23:00 The MIS program.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Moreso, I hope to encourage students to make use of images, sounds, and possibly even video links in their major projects and shared research resources.
Here is a screenshot of the entrance to my discussion area.
In D2L, you can add images into your discussion topics by using the HTML Editing Tool for composing the forum descriptions and then using the image tool to UPLOAD A NEW IMAGE (that will appear in the page).
WARNING!!! If you are using D2L, make sure that the files saved into D2L have no space characters or other punctuation symbols in their file names. Use of the ampersand (&) gets especially rough. "Just say no!"
Similar use of images can also be placed into descriptions for the Dropboxes, Grade Items, and Quiz descriptions and questions.
Please make sure that any image you are using is well captioned and/or contains appropriate ALT text in the IMG tag.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
If you're wondering how podcasts can be incorporated into your course site, check out the University of California-Berkeley webcast link above. The site offers podcasts both for classes and for events that have occured on the campus. You can download individual podcasts or subscribe using an RSS feed (to iTunes or other RSS scrape).
For the events, there are also video casts (vodcasts). This site shows an appropriate use of media. The production values are modest and the media content is compressed to reasonable sizes.
The one shortcoming is the lack of text-transcripts of materials. There are still needs for academia to have access to much better speech to text translation software. IBM has completed research and is developing better speech recognition tools, including ViaScribe. Information about this development is available at: http://researchweb.watson.ibm.com/journal/sj/443/bain.html