CLC Media Equipment Checkout Service and Video Shoot Best Practices

Matthew Regan, Instructional Technologist with the Instructional Technology Group, opened by relaying the genesis tale for the new CLC Media Equipment Checkout Service. He alluded to a conversation he had last year with Instructional Technology Group Manager, Ken Panko, about creating an opportunity for students to have access to a variety of media equipment. ITG has partnered with the CLC, the Student Technology Collaborative, and, more recently, the Visual Resources Collection to offer a high quality array of media equipment for checkout. Matt then directed our attention to the CLC pages devoted to the Media Equipment inventory available for checkout: and described the various DSLR, video, and mini HD cameras in stock as well as digital voice recorders, digital ink options, and other light and sound equipment currently available for use.

Adam Bray of the Student Technology Collaborative informed the audience about the online reservation/checkout system for the CLC Media Equipment Checkout Service. Four student interns at the STC were enlisted to write the code for the online checkout system using a program called "Ruby on Rails." Adam showed the Bass Library pages dedicated to the media checkout inventory and reservation system, which includes equipment descriptions, specifications, and recommendations for matching and pairing equipment as well as a detailed reservation calendar for selected items that indicates when the equipment is/is not available. The reservation system may be found at the following address:

Adam took us through a few reservation scenarios and demonstrated the built-in flexibility of the system. Users can even set up their reservation in the system to receive reminders about due dates.

Carolyn Caizzi, the Technology Specialist from the Visual Resources Collection at Yale, spoke of her early interest in the Media Equipment Checkout Service, since it would facilitate student created video projects. She led into her talk about video shoot best practices by posing the question - why should we as faculty and course supporters care about student video in the classroom? She showed Michael Wesch's video about contemporary student demographics as a possible answer to why we should care about including video. (Please see presentation below.) Carolyn maintained that there is a pedagogical basis for incorporating video into the assignment structure of a course: video production is highly interactive and collaborative. It hones social skills at the same time it develops technical and content area skills. Video production assignments are project-based, active learning at its most immersive.

The CLC offers a Video Workshop, taught by Carolyn Caizzi, for faculty and graduate students that includes 3 parts: Planning/Shooting; Editing; Sharing. Please emailĀ and inquire about setting one up.

Please see Carolyn's Presentation and handouts, included below, for more detailed information about Video Shoot Best Practices.


Video Shoot Best Practices







Penn State info about creating and assessing video assignments

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