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ESF Tech Technology Committee of ESF Campus Governance

Diving Into Digital Media Workhop 8/22/16

Sessions on how to incorporate digital media content into your teaching, research, outreach, administrative and external efforts.

Session Presenters

Scott Turner (Environmental and Forest Biology) works with the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite to produce video and other media for his classes. The Adobe Creative Cloud includes integrated software for video production (Premiere Pro), animation (After Effects), audio (Audition), photography (Photoshop), vector graphics (Illustrator) and media library management (Bridge). Here is a sampler of some of his productions, which showcases some of the range of capabilities one can produce with this software suite. As an example of what grad students can accomplish, one of Scott’s graduate students, Tiffany Deater, created this very impressive twenty minute video, Biophysical Field Methods Gobabeb 2016. What a great way to capture the success of a multinational collaboration conducted in an extremely remote location!

Tim Toland (Landscape Architecture) will discuss his dive into creating digital media content and how he uses Camtasia, Audio Director, and Ensemble to create video lectures from his existing PowerPoint presentation library and Snagit to create short video captures of concepts discussed in class. Tim’s examples include using Snagit to capture an on-screen AutoCAD demonstration at his desk using a set of headphones, a second Snagit AutoCAD screen capture done in a lecture hall using a Snowflake microphone, and an example of converting an existing PowerPoint presentation to a narrated video using Camtasia. (Hint, if you’re thinking about adding a pergola or other structure to you landscape, the converted PowerPoint is a “must see!”)

Brandon Murphy (Outreach) will discuss how the Outreach Office uses Adobe Connect to create and deliver interactive webinars to audiences anywhere in the world. He’ll review the software’s key capabilities and how it can be used for different purposes. One very cool example of Adobe Connect in action is a presentation by a glass artist, Sidney Hutter, in which he explains how he uses Ultra Violet curing (drying) technology to apply pigments to his artwork – a very cool intersection between art and science! The Outreach Office also uses Adobe Connect to deliver ESF in the Classroom professional development opportunities such as this one featuring EFB emeritus faculty member, Charlie Hall.

Neal Abrams (Chemistry) will share a variety of experiences that he’s had with creating quick and dirty videos with a smartphone showing how to perform an analysis for aluminum in a soil sample and examples of expected reaction observations, as well as converting Powerpoint presentations to narrated video and creating videos showing how to perform lab-related calculations. (Note, too, Neal’s eclectic taste in music!) Neal also has experience in deploying I-Pad tablets to an entire lab section as a learning and support tool.

Terry Ettinger (Environmental and Forest Biology) will discuss a variety of uses for video content such as course syllabi (why spend the better part of the first lecture reviewing the syllabus when you can give a quick quiz on it and get right into the subject), post-quiz reviews (immediately feedback following testing is known to reinforce learning), greenhouse equipment operating instruction, and conversion of conference presentations to downloadable video. While Terry used Prezi and Camtasia to create these videos, he will also share his thoughts on several other free or low-cost software packages that can be useful in creating digital media content.

Once you’ve taken the dive into creating your own digital media you’ll need to find a way to make it accessible to your students, co-workers, and maybe even the world. Fortunately, Julia Allis (Communications Office) has the solution – Ensemble Video. This Syracuse-based company grew out of a project at SU's Whitman School of Management and has grown into an easy-to-use video content management system that’s available for our use here at ESF and Julia will introduce you to its capabilities.

And, even if you don’t have time to become proficient with software, Christopher Baycura (Video/New Media Producer, Instructional Technology Service) will explain the extraordinary video production resources he has put together over the years – including a complete, broadcast-quality video study in the basement of Moon Library! He will also share examples of how he and faculty have collaborated to create a wide range of digital video content. If you have an interest, Christopher can help you make it a reality!

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Past Sessions

Real-time Collaboration and Webinars Using Adobe Connect

Presented by Brandon Murphy

An introduction to the Adobe Connect online collaboration platform, available through Syracuse University and works using your SU NetID and password, just like Blackboard (it’s also available directly through your Blackboard courses).

ESF TV Open House

Presented by Christopher Baycura

Tour the ESFTV HD facilities, and find out how easy it is to create professional video productions.

Expanding the Classroom with Tablet Technology

Presented by Neal Abrams

ESF Computing and Network Services: Perspectives, Projects and Services

Presented by Jim Sahm

I'm stuck! What do I do now?

Session Slides: Online Tutorial Resources

We're always faced with having to learn new technology and software tools for our teaching and research. These often come with steep learning curves and little help in mastering them. The temptation is to just give up and keep doing "what works", even if "what works" might not be the best option.

If only there was a way to get help easily, quickly, cheaply, and from people with know-how and experience …

Dr Dayton Reuter (LSA) will guide you through the rapidly developing virtual marketplace for training and tutorials, where you can find expert help on nearly everything! He will show you how to get the help you need, quickly, conveniently, and on your own schedule. We will send you home with the resources and know-how to keep yourself up to speed.

A MOOC at ESF? What, why, how?
The digital future is coming. How should it unfold at ESF?
Rumors have been floating about lately of an “ESF MOOC” (Massive Open Online Course). MOOCs are one of many forms the digital future could take at ESF, but huge questions surround them, including: What should the content be? What would its purpose be: education, outreach or recruitment? Who owns the content? How would it fit into other ways of realizing the digital future?

Lessons Learned from Animal Physiology Online
Prof Scott Turner will kick off this year's Technology Brown Bag workshops with a discussion on converting a traditional lecture course to a fully online course. The workshop ("Lessons Learned from Animal Physiology Online") coincides with the Fall 2014 launch of the new Animal Physiology Online course. We will discuss the logistics, planning, architecture, and production of an online course.

Research Computing at ESF

  • What facilities and assistance are available at ESF to support your research?
  • Are the technological needs associated with your research fully met through grant funds, assistants and personal skills, or is more institutional support called for?
  • What new demands are funders placing on your work with regards to data analysis, online applications, visualization, etc.?
  • From a research technologies perspective, what does ESF need in order to maintain a strong graduate program?
  • What is the latest in regards to e-journal publishing, real-time global research collaboration, digital media in research and more?

ESF's Digital Future? An open discussion forum for ESF students
The world of online education is coming fast, and it is going to bring big changes to higher education, ESF included. The session was an open forum, moderated by Dr Chris Whipps and a panel of fellow students and made available to the campus via Adobe Connect.

ESF's Digital Future: An open forum on the future of online education at ESF
The future is coming fast for online education, and our future depends upon getting in front of that wave. This will happen best from the bottom up: through the realization of the creatively, intellect and energy of faculty and students. Sponsored by the Technology Committee of Academic Governance.

9/11/13 Terry Ettinger—

ESF's Digital Future


The Technology Committee's white paper entitled, ESF's Digital Future offers a guiding document for institutional strategic planning and decision-making.

ESF Tech Blog
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The Technology Committee of Campus Governance

This committee ... shall be concerned with:

  1. Advising and consulting about major issues of policy and procedure for the use of College Computing facilities
  2. Identifying opportunities where information technology could assist the College in achieving its goals; evaluating the readiness of the College to leverage such technologies for more effective teaching and scholarship
  3. Reviewing and recommending the College’s technology direction
  4. Serving as a conduit of information about campus technology matters and their effective implementation to all members of the College community
  5. Exploring how campus technology can more effectively disseminate the College’s activities in teaching, scholarship and research.