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Lights, Camera, Online: Building an Online Course Development Studio

John Vivolo (New York University, USA)
Sebastien Auguste (NYU, USA)
Session Information
October 15, 2015 - 10:15am
Institutional Strategies & Innovations
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Universities and Four Year Institutions
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Session Type: 
Information Session
Oceanic 5
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 6

PowerPoint with audio for your online course? Really? It's time to update. Learn how to build your own low cost, high-quality course development studio.

Extended Abstract

Those of who develop or assist faculty with development of online courses have a serious problem. They are in a bad relationship, but no one wants to admit it. This relationship is with MS PowerPoint or other slide building software. This software makes it so simple to use and create online content with audio and a talking head. However, course developers have been doing the same thing for over ten years. MS PowerPoint with poor audio and video should not and cannot be accepted anymore. Online learning content must evolve. However, with this evolution, other obstacles begin to appear, such as costs, lengthier development times, complexity of learning tools, etc.

Many faculty and institutions struggle with course development. Many institutions fear the costs of running a professional development studio will make their programs seem too expensive to operate. This fear leads to developers "settling" with simple slideshows with audio. However, online learning has reached a point in off-the-shelve technology and open education tools that allow for any faculty and/or institutions to have a low cost, high-quality online course development studio. This presentation will provide a detailed example of New York University's one-year project that involved researching and building a studio to meet the creative needs of faculty to build the highest quality courses at a relatively low cost.

Audience members will walk away with the following:
-Understand that online courses must be interactive, diverse and ever evolving.
-Understand that developing high-quality interactive modules that use HD video and audio is neither expensive nor time consuming.
-Understand that educational institutions can build their own production studio and still keep online programs cost effective.
-Understand that free and open education software and sites can help anyone become a course developer of the highest quality.

This presentation will provide the following:
-A brief history of New York University's Production Studio from a one-man operation to a professional development team/lab.
-Suggested guidelines (including a handout) for software, websites and staff needed.
-Information on a range of costs from the simple team to the more advanced production team.
-Various models of a development studio that will fit any needs (and budget).
-A virtual tour of the studio either with a pre-created video or (if possible) a live stream directly from the NYU-ePoly Online Course Production Studio.

Engagement with the audience:
-Handouts, interactive live survey tool and Q&A session. If possible, a live tour of the production studio will include a Q&A with one of the Instructional Designers or Media Technicians (this may also be a pre-recorded video of the tour).

Lead Presenter

John Vivolo is the Director of Online and Virtual Learning for New York University. John partners with faculty to devise a set of pedagogical and technical practices often known as ÒBest Practices for Online Learning.Ó Working to create a rich and interactive learning experience, John also researches new methods and technologies to incorporate into online learning.
For over seven years, John taught both fully online and blended learning courses. In addition, John has hosted numerous faculty seminars and workshops in online learning. During this time, he has trained faculty in both the eLearning technology as well as how to effectively implement these technologies into online courses. John has a Master's in English from the City University of New York.