Straight text on a computer screen can be boring. Graphics, video, sound, and animation can make a course more interesting and help students learn. But multimedia should not be used just for the sake of using it. If it does not truly serve a purpose, students will simply skip the elements or become even more confused by their inclusion.
- Sidekick is an innovative program that combines seven free resources from the California Community College Chancellor's Office under one easy-to-access umbrella. With Sidekick, you have the tools you need to create inspiring and engaging content that meets the needs of diverse audiences, tough budgets and ever-changing regulations.
- Included are:
- 3C Media Solutions
- ATPC Tools
- DECT Tools
- CCC Confer
- Use royalty-free clipart (see sidebar), a digital camera, or drawing programs to make your own graphics
- Use file formats:
- drawings/line art: use .gif
- photos: use .jpg
- Make file size small (width and height: 100-200 pixels)
- Insert into Powerpoint, Word documents, Bb directly (for reducing file size in PowerPoint, see the side bar in Content)
- Thousands of captioned streaming videos are provided by the Cuyamaca College Library. These videos can be linked to or embedded into Blackboard for access online.
- Record your own computer monitor actions with screen recording/motion capture programs and save these as a video file (see Programs/Applications)
- Use a digital camera, camcorder or cell phone to capture live action
- Use Cuyamaca Video Room Instructions (Rooms B162, B253, B258, B262 - call 660-4415)
- Use Flash or Real video format for compatibility with Windows and Mac (see Sorenson Squeeze in Programs & Applications)
- Students can download lectures (audio or video) to their iPod or Smartphone (see sidebar for explanation of podcasting).
- Most agree that a "talking head" videos over about 4 minutes are not effective - include visuals, demonstrations, footage along with your narration
- Examples created by CC Faculty
- Record with an inexpensive microphone (USB connection) or use an iPod/MP3 recorder, digital camera, SmartPhone (see the sidebar for hints on recording narration)
- Use a sound editing program (see Programs & Applications)
- If you do not want to record, you can use text-to-speech programs to synthesize speech from text and save these as MP3 files (see sidebar)
- Insert into PowerPoint as synchronized narration or directly into Bb
- Use narration to explain a still picture, diagram, chart, a personal experience, quotations, instructions
- Music (either royalty-free or self-recorded) can work well in PP presentations and Flash animations
- Use either gif for short, simple, looped animations or Flash for complex designs (see Programs & Applications)
- Flash can have longer complex timelines with interactivity
- For a discussion of avatars, see Other
Last Updated: 08/01/2016