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LT Newsletter 2012-2013

Five Techniques for Better Digital Storytelling

Five Techniques for Better Digital Storytelling:

1) Drop your audio files into Audacity

Do you ever find yourself recording audio over and over again to get that perfect take? Is your audio not quite loud enough? Drop your audio files into Audacity to do quick edits, level audio and multi track/take recording. It is free and easy! http://www.uwb.edu/learningtech/dml121/tutorials/audacity

2) Use color correction on photographs for better consistency

Photographs, especially non-digital, are often plagued by lighting and contrast discrepancies. You can fix photos relatively quickly in Photoshop by doing a batch process, on all your photos, for color, tone and contrast. http://marckean.wordpress.com/2011/12/18/use-photoshop-batch-to-process-all-photos-in-a-folder/

3) Record your audio using an external microphone

Camcorders manufactures often cut corners when it comes to microphones built into the camera. They do this so you will buy external microphones as an add-on item. While I don’t condone the practice, I would take them up on their offer. External microphones can really benefit your digital story’s audio quality. You may not think your audio is a big deal, but inaudible sounds can disengage your audience and even ruin your story. For UWB students and faculty, the IT helpdesk offers microphones for checkout. Absolutely free! You have nothing to loose only better audio quality to gain.

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Uploading Media Files into Tegrity

Update: As of March 14th, 2013 media can now be uploaded using Mac OS.


Welcome, Sara Frizelle and Salem Levesque!

In case you missed it, the Learning Technologies team has grown!

Sara Frizelle

Over the summer, Sara Frizelle came aboard as the new E-Learning Specialist at UW Bothell. She comes to us from Everett Community College where she was the Director of eLearning & Instructional Design.  As Director, she worked collaboratively with faculty across all academic departments to provide assistance in the development of online, hybrid courses and web-enhanced courses. Sara was also responsible for researching, implementing and supporting various eLearning tools such as the Learning Management System, Tegrity, Blackboard Connect, Quality Matters, SoftChalk, Respondus and Jing.

Her position at EVCC also included mentoring faculty on teaching and learning pedagogy and she also had a hand in the creation of innovative classroom and community spaces on campus. Outside her role as Director, Sara was an associate faculty in the Education department, where she hybridized and taught the Introduction to Education course.

Sara is currently a doctoral student at The University of Washington Seattle in Learning Sciences, where she is focusing her attention on how institutional policy and institutional structures affect teaching and learning and faculty professional development.

Sara will help expand Learning Technologies’ mission of enhancing teaching and learning, both online and on campus. She will work with faculty and students, focusing on developing effective instructional and learning strategies for eLearning including hybrid learning, online courses, web tools and more.


Creative Uses of Google Apps for Teaching and Learning

Since the University of Washington worked with Google to make available a UW-branded version of the popular Google Applications (Gmail, Google Documents, Google Sites, Google+, Blogger), the apps have been used for various teaching and learning initiatives at UW Bothell. The Center for University Studies and Programs (CUSP) program and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (SIAS), for example, both use Google Sites for student electronic portfolios.

But, you might ask, beyond the commonly used apps and the common ways to use them, is anyone making creative use of these tools for teaching and learning? Yes! Here are two examples.

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Sharing Media Files in Canvas