[teknoids] How are you using video?

Fran Rhynhart FRHYNHART at vermontlaw.edu
Fri Nov 11 15:22:11 EST 2011


This is great information!  There must be others out there using video for similar reasons.  I hope to hear from more of you.

Or if anyone knows of a survey that has already been done on this, I would be interested in that too.


Fran Rhynhart
Vermont Law School
Help Desk & AV Support Specialist
frhynhart at vermontlaw.edu

>>> Stephen App <app.stephen at temple.edu> 11/11/2011 9:31 AM >>>
At Temple Law, we're using video for a variety of reasons, most of which I've listed below, We house most of our stuff on a video site we programmed on our main page and then promote them through Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, and occasionally YouTube. 

1. Marketing - We use video to promote our students and faculty mostly, although we've produced a few videos to highlight campus events as well, such as our Service Day, Orientation or Commencement. This past Spring, we filmed a series of videos aimed at accepted students, which featured faculty members from a variety of departments promoting their area of law, and the year before that, we streamed question and answer sessions for accepted students with faculty members and our Dean. Everything we produce to this point has been in-house. 

2. Class Recordings - We don't have a standardized video capturing system for class recordings, so for now, we run small consumer level HD camcorders (Canon HG20s) to classrooms when requested, record classes, and then post the videos to blackboard course pages via Ensemble. It's a pain, mainly because this process entails the moving around of cameras, the importing and encoding of the videos, and the uploading, embedding, and posting. The video quality is definitely acceptable, and the audio is clear for professors that speak at a normal volume, but it's a poor option if the professor is using PowerPoint, which everyone and their mother seems to be using these days. Typically, it takes about 24 hours for video to be posted, and sometimes longer if we have a lot of recordings requested in one day. 

3. Career Planning - We record career planning lectures and post them online to our website for public consumption. 

4. Special Events - We record and stream our commencement exercises, all through an in-house crew, and film other special events to post online, such as moot court competitions and guest lectures. 

We're also working on adding some instruction videos on YouTube for current students. Things like how to connect to the wireless network or how to download software for exam taking. Frankly, I'm embarrassed that we haven't already uploaded these. YouTube is the second most used search engine on the Internet, and students typically fit the age of those power users. Its important to make sure they are finding what they are looking for on your own sites', not a competitors. 

Hope this helps. I'd be very interested to see how we differ from other law schools. 


(Sorry for all the links above, but I thought it might be helpful to have examples.)

Stephen App
Digital Content Coordinator
Blackboard Coordinator
Examsoft Coordinator
Temple University 
Beasley School of Law
Find me on: Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Contact me: apps at temple.edu stephenapp

On Thu, Nov 10, 2011 at 5:21 PM, Fran Rhynhart <FRHYNHART at vermontlaw.edu> wrote:

I know this is a general question, but we are interested in how other schools are utilizing video.
Are you using video in all academic departments: marketing, the classroom, alumni relations, etc. 
What is your "state of the art" for capturing and content distribution?
Fran Rhynhart
Vermont Law School
Help Desk & AV Support Specialist
frhynhart at vermontlaw.edu

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