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Session to introduce tools for recording lectures and other learning materials

Powerful tools that provide flexible, simple and reliable options for recording multimedia learning materials are available to UWindsor faculty, reports the Office of Open Learning.

“We get a lot of calls from faculty wanting to know how they can record their lectures, or if they can record a tutorial at home or while they are travelling, and make it available for students through CLEW,” says acting director Nick Baker. “Over the last few years, the University has invested in several tools with a wide range of options from very basic to more sophisticated, depending on their needs and the needs of their students.”

He says that instructors are already employing technology for uses ranging from recording live lectures in class and making them available securely through CLEW to all their sections, to being proactive and creating mini-tutorials for students in areas they know regularly cause students difficulty.

“Others are recording their lectures and making them available to students to watch before class, and then using class time to work on problems,” Baker says.

The Office of Open Learning is running a two-hour introductory workshop on Wednesday, October 1, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 2103, Lambton Tower. It will introduce instructors to a number of options for recording lectures and other multimedia, including Blackboard Collaborate, Echo360, Camtasia, and other screen capturing tools.

This very basic introduction will provide attendees with tools to begin recording lectures and other educational resources on their own. The workshop will show how instructors can go beyond voice over PowerPoint, and discuss the potential benefits for both students and faculty of recording their teaching.

Register online for the workshop; for more information, contact Alicia Higgison by phone at 519-253-3000, ext. 2008, or e-mail higgison@uwindsor.ca.