Capturing e-Factor – the next best thing to having been there! (with thanks to Ron Mitchell)

Were you inspired by a particular e-Factor showcase that you attended and would like to view it again or share it with colleagues?

Did you miss a particular showcase that you really wanted to attend or heard from colleagues that it was really good?

As well as sharing all the presentations, related resources and commentary for each of the showcases on our event pages we have also uploaded the video recordings of the selected showcases we captured on video. It wasn’t possible to capture all the showcases but those we did capture are now available and together with the commentary and copies of presentations are the next best thing to having been there!e-Factor hands logo

Thanks to Ron Mitchell, our associate adviser, for his work in capturing and editing these clips.  Ron has also contributed some observations on the business of capturing useful resources from events such as e-Factor, where you may have to choose between parallel sessions or want to share with colleagues who weren’t able to attend. As he comments there are connections between improving the quality of the archive of these showcases and the requirements providers might  face in responding to FELTAG targets for online delivery.

Read Ron’s comments…
It was a great event again this year and good to try to improve the end result of these video clips and the overall event archive this time by using screen capture technology as well as the usual video camera capture and wireless audio. Of course joining that up via post-production where possible was a bit more work but I think the benefits are clear. We’re all familiar with the increase in use of conferencing and lecture capture technologies and I think along with that goes a sort of quality benchmark, or at least ratio between what’s required for resources to be useful if we were at a particular session, compared with what’s required for resources to be truly useful if we weren’t at a session, or indeed if we wish to share with colleagues unable to attend without the ability to contextualise, explain or discuss. In a way I think this links in to some of what is and will be required to meet FELTAG targets e.g. for truly self-access resources, especially where the particular topics haven’t also been covered face to face, then clearly more than a copy of a PowerPoint or Prezi is needed. In terms of event/showcase resources you could perhaps argue the following hierarchy in terms of effort vs. benefits vs. usefulness for cascading:

  1. That adding proper speakers notes focussed on colleagues/learners is a big improvement;
  2. Then, better still, a narrated copy of the presentation;
  3. Followed by a video camera recording or screencast on its own;
  4. Followed by a mix of all of this as we have in some of these showcase pages now.

To a certain extent I’m left wondering what I missed in the sessions I was unable to attend/record – yes we have the text commentary and copies of presentations etc and none of this is really a substitute for actually being there at each session, but of course we still can’t be in two physical locations at once, so how do we best catch up with what we missed and cascade all that great practice with colleagues unable to attend the sessions or event at all?
Hopefully these recording help towards that.
~Ron Mitchell



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