Making screencasts

June 10, 2010 1 comment

There are several good programs for making screencasts. I have tried to list the bigger, more complete programs that I am aware of. I’m not sure about their costs, and so forth. Instead just use it as an overview. There are also some smaller, free programs which you can download. I will not list those here however, as I don’t really know much about them.

Adobe Captivate

The most widely used program, I believe. It is a part of the Adobe Creative Suite. We use it at Stockholm University to work on our web-based courses. You can find an example here:

Camtasia Studio

Also a common program. I have not worked with it but think it is a bit easier than Captivate (but also more limited).I don’t have any good examples of Camtasia use, but I quick search turned up the following blog (where you can find an example video I believe is made with Camtasia):


Perhaps not as well known, but very interesting. Probably the easiest program to learn as it works as a plug-in to Powerpoint. To make screen captures you need it’s sister program Screenr, which is free.

Karolinska Institutet has used it to make this screencast:

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Teaching for the future

June 10, 2010 Leave a comment

I chose to watch the filmed presentation by Tim O’Reilly, as I was curious what insights this “guru” had to offer. His speech was very much geared towards programmers and companies working with 2.0 applications. It was very interesting, supporting the basic assumption that the next step for web 2.0 applications will be more connected with the world, using sensors and other available data. He gave an example of sensors monitoring our plants, and sending a message via twitter or SMS when the plants are “thirsty”, i.e. when the sensor detects that the soil is getting to dry.

This was a very general presentation and it was not in any way geared towards teaching, so in order to provide some better understanding of where this fits in the great scheme of things, I also quickly skimmed the Horizon report from 2010 (unfortunately I did not have time to read through it extensively). There the big topics seem to be mobile computing, open content etc.

I have not yet been able to connect the two worlds. For teaching in general, sure – there are lot’s of possible ways to utilize new technologies (mobile computing, sensors connected to web 2.0 applications etc.). I have a harder time seeing how this would connect to library teaching (informations literacy etc.). But that’s the challenge, I guess!

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Counting the Traffic

June 9, 2010 1 comment

I must say that I was very skeptical about being able to use this method in larger libraries, like Stockholm University. There is just so many student, much movement and several floors. However, the successful application of the method at Oslo University have made me intrigued.

I still have my doubts about the value of the information, as it is merely counting “instances of observations” – samplings rather than actual persons/behavior. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept, it just seems as it would prove to be to unreliable an information. But, I will need to take a closer look at the reports from Oslo before I can make any serious evaluation. I look forward to having on my table yet another big report to read. =)

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Here’s the photostory that Antti, Ulla and me created:

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Wikipedia in education

Wikipedia in my view does have a place in the scientific world. It is an excellent starting-point when getting acquainted with a subject for example. However it is a very unreliable source. But despite that, or more likely because of that, it is useful to use in teaching information literacy. Librarians can use it when teaching – pointing out it’s strong as well as weak points.

It could even be used directly in University teaching. I’m aware of courses in Sweden where the students are not only encouraged to work with Wikipedia but are mandated to do so – it is part of the examination to go in and create/edit content on Wikipedia on the subject studied. This is of course not something that might work universally – but it is a tool that teacher/librarians could very well make use of.

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June 8, 2010 1 comment

Here’s a link to a presentation:

The presentation

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Picture url

Added a picture:

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