21 July 2007

Video on Wikis in Distance Education

Hi Folks,
I thought I might express my views on why and how to use wikis in distance education more clearly through a video of comparative technological methods. The technological difficulties in adding screen grabs as jpg to iMovie for exporting at mpg are in my next book ;-) Powerpoint have extremely limited animation and limited pixel-by-pixel design capabilities. So I stayed here with my old Mac, avoided screen grabs and iMovie and other applications. The resulting movie is by Keynote exported directly to Quicktime (you can download the latest Quicktime version from the left side margin on this blog). Inserted media notably mpg can be shortened by limiting the time for the slide-play duration, since - as I described in an earlier post - Sony mpg cannot be edited by Mac or Realplayer, except optimistically if I study another week or two...
Well, folks, here is the http://www.open-ed-podcasting.net/rlo53-wikis.mov (.mov , 82.9MB -- it is worth the short download time, really ! (It comes through best on a high resolution Mac 24" screen - find a colleague who has gone out for a few seconds and left her/his Mac in the room.)It will open as a full-screen movie, and if you click on the screen it will reduce automatically to one-quarter screen for you, as you like), and for those on the move using a mobile telephone or iPod to watch this, here it is in compressed format at http://www.open-ed-podcasting.net/rlo53-wikisA.mov (.mov , 4.MB), both at seven minutes. It is a satirical look at wikis - with the laborious time-consuming old technology presented first, followed quickly by the efficient wiki method.

I still do not see the need for voice, though I am in the video. I would like to add background Jupiter music to this and voice, but this might detract from the visual humour involved ....
- enjoy !
All Best Wishes

or just click on the picture screen-grab below


Bessie said...

Hello Paul:
I like your approach to reviewing Wikis. I think I read elsewhere that you were intending to use them in your classes some time in the near future. Is it that 'easy' to replicate the source code and maintain them on a private server?

Social networking in general, is new territory for me, therefore, these last projects on the subject have been quite an eye opener and informative too. Unfortunately, I am unable to access the links to your videos. I was looking forward to viewing them, enjoying the humor, and the comparative analyses. Would you please post new links?

Sandra Doran said...

Great job!

Dr Pam Miller said...

Hi Paul
I am not sure if you are joking - a file to view/download of over 80MB? That would take me at home about 2 hours and at school it would never be allowed. A joke?

Paul Kawachi said...

Dear Pam,
No joke intended. Actually I tested out the download several times. It comes through on my home ASDL line cable and at college on LAN cable instantaneously with streaming, ie it downloads faster than it plays back - playback is seven minutes, so download is about five minutes.
Sorry for your narrow bandwidth :-(
All Best Wishes