After a short delay, here is the review of the afternoon session at the SWAP event earlier this week!
Phil Wane reviewed some of the technologies available to create video resources – and we’re not talking the Spielberg-type artistic or polished films, but rather short rough-and-ready clips that are designed to trigger students into either thinking about the topic or doing some further research.
Typically, Phil speaks for about 2-3 minutes on his mini ‘talking heads’ and covers anything from breaking news to updates on the module - even a short sell on ‘why you should attend the next lecture’ or a module options presentation!
We looked at YouTube as a medium for quick and easy uploads, easy access, the possibility to make clips private to particular groups, how to remove the comment/rate features etc. We also considered how good (or actually how mediocre) the recording equipment need be – frankly, most mobile phones have some built-in cam that could be used to record a quick session… so this is something that even the students could be asked to take up and submit short clips covering the news or a policy review.
Beyond the ‘talking heads’ we also considered other formats that could be created by using Audacity, Camtasia, Second Life videos and the CommonCraft Show, of which I’m a big fan and still planning to come up with my own version! The subject centre’s Project Help Sheet Making Educational Movies – Without a Camcorder! was included in the pack as a useful introduction to the freebie Microsoft Movie Maker (usually comes ready installed on any PC) and also provides a guide to organizing and planning a movie clip from materials to narration and production.
I think the intention was to produce something ourselves in the session, but for various reasons we never got that far – but I will include my first attempt at a module movie that I hurriedly put together this past September for your amusement below!
Apologies for being late on this one (I blame Christmas and end-of-semester essays), but it does rather help to make the point..!
The other week, Andrew Marr's Start the Week programme on Radio 4 featured Richard Susskind. The podcast could be downloaded for one week following the broadcast as per the BBC's policy on archiving. I'd already copied the file to my hard drive to listen to later, but this doesn't help blog readers who've already missed the boat, so to speak.
It is available on the list of previous STW programmes (for about 6 months it would seem) so it can still be downloaded as I write this post, but it depends on when you read this. I also requested one of our library services (The Spoken Word is a JISC funded project) to archive a copy in their respository should anyone wish to use or relect on it in the future. In sum, the programme considers:
"in this period of financial difficulty, can we afford lawyers? RICHARD SUSSKIND thinks that the legal services have not previously had enough pressure on them to keep up with technology and have become worryingly inefficient. He argues that by harnessing Web 2.0 technologies lawyers will become cheaper, thereby enabling justice to be available to more people. The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services is published by Oxford University Press and Richard Susskind will be giving a lecture on 2 December at 4.00pm, Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford."
The remainder of the programme features Chris Bishop and John Dupre who comment on DNA in particular. Returning to Susskind, Nick Holmes gives a useful overview of his latest book - in particular how lawyers conduct their business and how improved access to justice can be achieved. If it's on your christmas reading list, please comment here!
I've also been subscribed to Radio 4's Law in Action series (although the programme is currently taking a winter break until January 2009) and the podcasts pose a similar life-span issue if you don't download them immediately, or automatically... and then they are only for personal use. I've found several to be useful for teaching with topics such as paternity, witness memory and forensics covered in the recent past, but there is no archive that I can see with the actual audio content. Another job for the Spoken Word services then!
The third (and final) session of papers on Privacy from BILETA 2008 are now available as video podcasts, along with the powerpoint presentations from Ronald Kakungulu, Radim Polcak and Dan Ritchie.
Privacy, Data Protection and National Security: Analysing the Right to Privacy in Correspondence and Communication in Uganda
Ronald Kakungulu, University of British Columbia, Canada
Data Protection and the ‘Rural Reason’: A Note on Rex, Hercules and the Poor Personal Data
Radim Polcak, Masaryk University, Czech RepublicIs it possible to define ‘privacies’ with the law?
Dan Ritchie, University of Central Lancashire