There’s a growing need for faculty to create video content quickly and easily. There are a lot of potential use cases.
- Flipping your class by having students watch a video before coming class
- Answering student questions in a visual medium to enhance understanding
- Creating content for distance education
- Making training videos
Unfortunately right now this is a pretty complex process. It requires studio space, a videographer, complex editing tools, specialized lighting, etc. Additionally the turn around times can be lengthy. Right now there’s no good solution and no good system in place to help us provide this service to faculty. So we built our beta lightboard back in March with the hopes that people would see it and get excited about it. We Love Bright Ideas! It had the desired effect. The College of Science was all over it. We’re in the process of helping them build a full scale version and we hope to have it operational by July 1. Unfortunately that may not meet the needs of everyone. It’s also not currently the most user friendly setup and will require some handholding for users.
Enter the Penn State One Button Studio!
- You plug in a flash drive and the system turns on.
- You hit a button and the system starts recording.
- You give your presentation.
- You hit the button when you’re done.
- The file is automatically saved to the flash drive as an mp4 which you can upload to Sakai, YouTube, Kaltura, etc.
We’re starting to take a look at this now because we feel it meets most of the requirements for video creation. It’s one of those 98% solutions. It may not be perfect for everyone but if it’s good for you, it’s really easy and really good. Look for more later this summer! http://onebutton.psu.edu/