From lectures to cloud concepts

Cloud concepts transform lectures, EchoSystem and Camtasia recordings, and narrated PowerPoints to good quality, short and interactive learning resources.

The term cloud computing is often used interchangeably with cloud learning as both utilise cloud technology to offer a synchronous online experience. The cloud put simply, is a shared computer 'in the sky'. Cloud computing allows users to be location-independent, and generally relies on Internet connections to transfer data. Google Drive and Dropbox are good examples of cloud computing technology. Cloud learning however, is a space that utilises the cloud to provide a platform to engage with learning materials. It is in this space that we utilise cloud concepts for teaching and learning.When we talk about cloud concepts at Deakin, we are referring to enhancing or transforming teaching and learning through the use of technology. Cloud concepts may be used to add 'life' to a key concept or area of study; help to explain a complex idea; or enhance student engagement.

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See how a narrated PowerPoint recording is transformed into a cloud concept using an iPad with this before and after example. For enquiries and assistance contact TeachAssist

For example, a cloud concept could replace a tired narrated PowerPoint into an active video of the Unit Chair talking to camera and showing students real-life examples of the topic area. It could also take a concept that students have difficulty understanding, and create an animation that shows the  concept in a whole new way. Deakin cloud concepts are similar to recordings in that they can be replayed as many times as needed.

As part of the course enhancement process, Deakin is providing support to courses to create their own cloud concepts. This could be as simple as instruction on how to make a video using a web cam and some graphics; or filming an expert speaker using your iPad. Alternatively, if time and budget allow, you may wish to develop a more complex key concept that shows a particular process taking place in the field, such as a demonstration of wound stitching technique in a hospital setting; or the use of a theodolite in surveying.

Next steps

Before starting on your cloud concept take a look at the pages listed below for practical assistance in developing your cloud concept.

ConceptPlans

See how ConceptPlans (or storyboards) will help you create your own cloud concept. ConceptPlans are used to plan your cloud concept in detail before you start shooting – similar to how you might prepare a lesson plan before a lecture.

Using iPads for video

Making your own cloud concept using an iPad and some apps can be very easy with just a little preparation and forethought. The Using iPads for video page is a great place to start.

Cloud concept (video) recording locations

Deakin Learning Futures, with assistance from Deakin Prime, have established facilities at the Melbourne Burwood Campus, Geelong Waterfront Campus and Melbourne City Centre so that you can book a day and time when it suits you to have a recording made of you talking to camera. Such recordings can then be enhanced with graphics, text, and other video clips where available, to create a cloud concept.

To book in for a cloud concept video recording, please follow these instructions.

Melbourne Burwood Campus - Room BC7.101

  • Green screen recording and video and audio editing.
  • Equipment includes multiple formats, professional and low level video.
  • Web streaming possible with advance involvement of eSolutions.

Please check the availability of the space before attempting to book by viewing the Outlook Calendar for: *B DLF Other Video Studio BC7.101

If available, place your booking in the Outlook Calendar and be sure to 'invite' both:

  • the room *B DLF Other Video Studio BC7.101
  • Mark Richards (mark.richards@deakin.edu.au), Image and Audio Support or in Mark's absence, Simone Teychenné (simone.teychenne@deakin.edu.au)

Geelong Waterfront Campus - Hay Building D2.218 (off courtyard)

  • Green screen and voiceover recording and video and audio editing.
  • Equipment includes multiple formats, professional and low level video and audio.
  • Web streaming possible with advance involvement of eSolutions.

Please check the availability of the space before attempting to book by viewing the Outlook Calendar for: *F DLF Office Video Recording D2.218

If available, place your booking in the Outlook Calendar and be sure to 'invite' both:

  • the room *F DLF Office Video Recording D2.218
  • Tim Crawford (tim.crawford@deakin.edu.au), Image and Audio Technical Officer or in Tim's absence,  Michael Wescott (michael.wescott@deakin.edu.au)

Melbourne City Centre (Level 4 - Deakin Prime)

  • Green screen recording - no editing facilities.
  • Simple camera and audio equipment with excellent lighting - usable by semi-skilled staff with initial guidance.
  • Web streaming possible with advance involvement of eSolutions.

Further details on how to arrange a booking at the Melbourne City Centre will be provided shortly.

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Work continues on establishment of a green screen recording facility.

Examples of cloud concepts

Please see below for a variety of demonstration cloud concepts. You can turn the captioning on and off by hovering in the top-right hand corner of the video and selecting the appropriate options.  If the full captioning is not visible, please click on the 4-arrow icon in the bottom-right of the video screen to go to full screen viewing.






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