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Using Visual Communicator to Create Instructional Videos for a Writing Class. Nancy Hoagland University of Maryland University College. Why use video in an online class?. Reinforce learning Address various learning styles Meet expectations of students

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Using Visual Communicator to Create Instructional Videos for a Writing Class

Nancy Hoagland

University of Maryland

University College


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Why use video in an online class?

  • Reinforce learning

  • Address various learning styles

  • Meet expectations of students

  • Model all forms of communication for students


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What is Visual Communicator?

  • Low-tech software for creating videos

  • Was sold as Serious Magic Visual Communicator 2

  • Now sold as Adobe Visual Communicator 3

  • VC3 will be available in September 07

  • Educational cost estimated to be $169

  • Can download free trial (expires Aug. 31) http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/visualcommunicator3/


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What are the features of VC?

  • Has an automated wizard to create a video based on a particular style with graphics and music

  • Has a built-in teleprompter for writing and recording lectures

  • Can record yourself with a video cam or camcorder

  • Can easily integrate charts, graphs, and slides

  • Has flexible recording options to allow easy editing


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What are the requirements for VC3?

  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional or Home Edition with Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista™

  • 933MHz Intel® Pentium® 4, Intel Celeron® 2, AMD® Athlon®, or Athlon XP processor or equivalent

  • 256MB of RAM

  • DVD-ROM drive for installation

  • 2.3GB of available hard-disk space for installation


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What are the requirements for VC3?(continued)

  • Standard PC audio card with microphone

  • 16MB AGP graphics card with 3D acceleration

  • Webcam users: Standard DirectShow-compatible Windows driver

  • OHCI-compatible IEEE 1394 video interface card for DV

  • Large external hard drive for storing work (optional)


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How have I used Visual Communicator?

  • UMUC – Weekly Lectures for COMM 600 Academic Writing for Graduate Students

  • Northern Virginia Community College – Unit Introductions for ENG 111 College Composition I


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Conference Title > Week 5: Weighing Research Methods; Preview of the Literature Review Read and Write

Mini-Lecture on Weighing Research MethodsAuthor: Nancy L. Hoagland Created: Sunday, 10/01/2006 20:18 (Modified: Sunday, 2/18/2007 18:01 EST)

The first mini-lecture for this week is on Weighing Research Methods. Here is a text file of the script for this video. This lecture is in response to participants who asked about the kinds of research methods to use for their research paper in this course.

This video is about 13 minutes so it will take a little longer to open and begin playing. Please post any questions or comments that you have about the video on research methods.

This assignment is due on Monday, February 26.


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What process did I use?

  • Wrote the lecture in VC on the teleprompter

  • Added graphics

  • Made a practice and final recording

  • Published the file as a Real Media file (.rm)

  • Uploaded it by FTP to the Polaris server

  • Added a link to a conference posting


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What did students think?

  • About 1/3 really liked the videos

  • About 1/3 used both videos and lectures but preferred the written lectures

  • About 1/3 reported problems with bandwidth and could use only the written lectures


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Interesting Tidbits

  • “ For the first time, I feel comfortable in an online class.”

  • “Too formal.”

  • “Use of text distracted from listening.”

  • “Can you make a podcast that I can play on my iPod?”


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How did I podcast the videos?

  • Used a free iPod Video Converter named Jodix (www.jodix.com) to convert the video files to MP4

  • Used a free program RSS Builder (http://home.hetnet.nl/~bsoft/rssbuilder/index.htm) to create an XML file for the podcast

  • Used an NVCC instructional video for using RSS Builder (http://tac.nvcc.edu/podcasts/creatingSimplePodcast_Part3.mov)

  • Uploaded the files to the Polaris server and published the link to the XML file

  • Students could add the link to iTunes and download the files to their iPods for mobile learning


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Mini-Lecture: Using Feedback to Revise WritingAuthor: Nancy L. Hoagland Created: Sunday, 11/26/2006 14:19 (Modified: Sunday, 4/22/2007 13:00 EDT)

The mini-lecture for this week is on Using Feedback to Revise Your Writing . Here is a text file of the script for this video. This information will help you revise the first draft of your academic research paper.

NOTE: I am also making the lecture available as a video podcast. If you paste this address in a podcatcher such as iTunes, you can add the video to your iTunes library and transfer it to your iPod for mobile learning.  http://polaris.umuc.edu/~nhoaglan/media/index.xml

Please respond to the topic by identifying one specific instance when feedback helped your revise your writing. Also, I am especially interested if anyone could view the video as a podcast.

This work should be completed by Monday, May 7.


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What are problems with using VC?

  • Have to experiment to get good sound quality

  • Need to request additional server space if you put files on the UMUC server

  • Can put files on public sites such as Google Video or YouTube

  • Have to decide about the quality of the videos

    • Can put larger files of various types on public sites to get better quality


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Demonstration of Visual Communicator Studio 2


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For more information, please contact me by email or telephone at [email protected] 703-671-0670


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