All the people, all of the time? Experiences in using a large scale video capturing and serving infrastructure in an educational environment
Cannon, Gerald (2006) All the people, all of the time? Experiences in using a large scale video capturing and serving infrastructure in an educational environment. In: DIVERSE 2006 - Developing Innovative Video Resources for Students Everywhere, 5-7 July 2006, Glasgow, UK. ISBN 1-905866-05-4
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The School of Nursing, Dublin City University moved to a new, purpose built building in January 2004. As part of the design of the building the Nursing Skills Centre, an area that contains a simulated ward area, a community flat and several communication therapy rooms, includes a web based video recording and content management system. This system allows users (students and staff) to record video and audio from the teaching areas to a video server. The video server can also be used as a multimedia archiving and web distribution system.
The video server is a LDAP controlled, dual output system (MPEG 4 for instant on-line access, MPEG 2 for high quality download). Content can be recorded to the server from any one of 53 capture stations located throughout the centre. Most of these cameras are directed at the beds on the ward and these are used primarily for skills teaching. They also have other uses such as being used to aid large scale simulation projects and educational content creation. The cameras in the other areas are used for quite different teaching purposes, usually for communications analysis.
The paper will cover:
• A system overview, what it is and what it can do
• The usage of the system including a breakdown into use of pre-prepared video resources and use of live recording
• The teaching and learning outcomes, focusing on the pedagogic outcomes of using the technology; what types of teaching were enabled and flourished, what areas were slower to take off than expected
• Evaluation, reporting on the evaluation of individual projects using the technology as well as some overall points
• The evolution of the technology
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