I witnessed the proliferation of online video right as I was working for the Daily Illini, the independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We had moved to a new campus downtown and relaunched our web presence, focusing on multimedia delivery. As we were figuring out how to publish on the web and generate traffic, I was learning iMovie, Adobe Premiere and Final Cut. During my Masters program, I learned Camtasia’s line of products, and have been very happy with their workflow ever since.
As a YouTube Creator, I learn a lot from the stats that are produced from hosting my videos on YouTube. As I follow research on the idea of microteaching, I have seen for myself the video fatigue that sets in with viewers. These theories have led me to develop playlists of shorter, two or three-minute videos rather than eight or more minutes in a single video. This transition was most evident in our recent deployment of Promethean ActivPanels across our district. Below is one video of the entire playlist. There’s a lot of power in video, especially when it can be paired with a particular demonstrated purpose. I developed a playlist just for the tacit tricks that would not have been covered by the face-to-face training provided by Promethean’s Education Consultants.
I also develop software tours for our services. One of the more recent playlists I produced was for Shmoop, a test-prep service South Carolina provides for all of its public school students.
I like working in Camtasia because I can add chapter markers, caption and bring effects to screen recordings in a professional environment. I have dabbled but not published some SCORM content in Camtasia as well. Unfortunately, our school network has not been friendly to the ports SCORM runs from. There’s always something