Case Academy for Students and Coaches

Case Academy is a curated group of tools and resources to help students learn how to analyze case studies and train for business case competitions. I began by consulting a number of my former case competition students to find out what types of training content they found most beneficial. We …

Comparing recording quality: microphone edition!

My project for the 2015 EdMedia programme was inspired by Adam’s little educational recording showcasing the qualities of different microphones. Since I teach sound design theory, media analysis and sound production, the kinds of resources I always find myself in need of are ones that demonstrate to students the relationship between technological specifications and experiential features of media. This is particularly important as they are honing their abilities to analyze and produce media as part of the School of Communication. This resource is one of a series I hope to make that provide such demonstrations. With John and Adam’s help I initially produced an audio-only file, but after hearing the group’s feedback, ended up creating a simple video slideshow with some of the most salient technological features (and prices!) listed for each type of microphone. This makes this resource I think much more than a classroom comparison, and I hope that you’ll all use it and share it as you see fit as an OER, and use it as an intro to selecting your own equipment should you need to record audio, interview participants, produce video promos, etc. Just briefly, the next steps in this ‘series’ of demos would include contrasting different location recordings to showcase how our voices – and all sounds really – are modulated by the spatial characteristics of environments. Finally, a third resource I’d like to make is a comparison between different audio formats in the dissemination of popular music – from highest to lowest quality – but I think I might assign this task to students as an educational activity, rather than take all the fun out of it by making it myself 🙂

ETUG 2015: Creating Conditions for Well-Being in Learning Environments

At the ETUG conference this month, I attended a presentation by Alisa Stanton, Rosie Dahaliwal, and David Zandvliet (SFU) called “Creating Conditions for Well-Being in Learning Environments.” I practiced visual note-taking during the talk, with the results below. In essence, the talk was about how instructors can get students to feel connected and …

Icon a go-go

In last weeks hands on workshop we asked our participants to do an “icon jam”, essentially a visual brainstorming activity, in which we collaboratively (and quickly) generate a series of icons based, and then share the results afterwords and discuss. This can be a challenge for those that have not …

Drawing and design on the ‘Youshow’

I’ve been following the Youshow faithfully these past weeks, and signed up my personal blog and started doing some of these crazy daily assignments. This week was of particular interest because they were covering visual design, and drawing and had invited guest speak Nancy White to drop some science on …