Preparing for the Virtual Assignment
The submissions for the nments/virtual-symposium/”>virtual symposium assignment of the Hyperlinked Library MOOC need to be published between 18-24 November 2013. The requirements of this assignment are to:
- Utilize your blog, video, audio, slides, or any media-based online tool to create a 3-5 minute presentation about your learning and assignments. Highlight your work and your own critical thinking.
- Highlight your top blog reflections in a “best of” post and synthesize your critical thinking over the course
- Create any digital artifact that explores your learning and the Hyperlinked Library: your own graphic of the model, an “info-graphic” style presentation, a song, etc.
Since the initial deadline is less than a week away I have begun work on creating a multimedia presentation. In this post I will summarise the tools I’ve used.
Creating a Slidecast
My aim is to provide a PowerPoint presentation with an audio soundtrack. The presentation will include examples of various tools which I have found useful and I will include links to the tools so that others who find them useful can easily access them.
In order to create the presentation with an audio soundtrack I first used the open source Audacity tool to record my presentation and exported it as an MP3 audio file. I then uploaded the slides to Slideshare and used the edit option to include an audio track with the presentation: a Slidecast, as this is referred to. Once the audio had been uploaded I then had to sync the audio, so that my talk was associated with the specific slides. Note that as I have created Slidecasts previously I knew that it was advisable to leave a pause when speaking, which can make it easier to identify the audio portion for a new slide.
The interface for doing this is shown below.
Note than in order to minimise the number of “umms” and “errs” in the talk, I had previously created a script which I used while giving the presentation. This script will also be useful in providing a transcript, as requested by the MOOC organisers.
I had observed that my talk was too long, lasting for about 10 minutes. Rather than remaking a shorter Slidecast I decided to use another tool, and to make the Slidecast available when I submit my assignment for those who may feel that the slightly longer version provides additional information which is useful.
Creating a Screencast
A fellow participant on the MOOC recently suggested the Screencast-o-matic tool which can be used for capturing screen sessions, with the free version able to make a recording of up to
5 15 minutes.
Since the presentation had to be shorter I deleted a couple of slides and adjusted the script accordingly. I then launched Screencast-o-matic, positioned the recording window over the PowerPoint slides and began recording.
This second presentation is still slightly too long. I may submit this version in any case. However if anyone has any suggestions for other tools which I could use, I’d be grateful.
I hope these notes on the tools I’ve used will be useful for other MOOC participants who have not yet got found to selecting the tools they’ll use for the assignment.