Research has shown that creating a faculty presence can greatly enhance the learning experience in any course. The use of video and multimedia is an excellent way for instructors to build a faculty presence and increase student engagement. To that end, Instructional Technology and Design Services (ITDS) offers support for the integration of video and multimedia into Montclair State University courses. The ITDS Team can assist faculty in the creation of high-quality video in our professional studio and editing facilities.
The University has also adopted Panopto as a tool for creating engaging and accessible video. Panopto is an all-in-one video platform. It not only provides desktop lecture recording and automatic captioning services, but also offers pedagogical features to add learning interactions within a video. It is seamlessly integrated with the Canvas learning management system, and Montclair State’s solution of choice for recording lectures.
More information on the tools available for your next video project may be found below!
Examples of Multimedia Options
Below are some examples of the video and multimedia options created in our studio. Contact ITDS@montclair.edu for more information regarding Panopto or to set up a consultation with our Media Specialist.
A simple introduction video is a great starting point. It gives the instructor a chance to briefly introduce who they are, what the course is about and what students can expect throughout the term. With a short video of 1-2 minutes, instructors can provide a visual prologue to the course, infusing their personality, much like the first day of class in a traditional face to face setting.
A Lightboard, also known as learning glass, is a writable glass board, most commonly used for recording video lectures. Lightboards function exactly as chalkboards or whiteboards, except lightboards allow the instructor to face the camera while writing. They are also equipped with LED lights to illuminate your work, which is drawn with neon markers. Lightboards provide an innovative and intuitive way to engage your students with video.
Additional Lightboard Examples
Do you have someone you would like to interview to enhance the content of your course? We can record your interview as a two person set up or we can just feature the person of interest. We can also edit the interview to only include the key points you need or in a casual, conversational format. Interviews can be recorded in our studio or at another location on campus.
Animation is a great way to explain a concept visually. Using simple animations can make course material that is normally hard to understand easier to learn. Research shows that animation can enhance learning, but is not ideal in all cases. Some concepts are enhanced by static images. We can help in deciding what works best, animation or high res images.