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NUS Galleria? NUScast? NUS YouTube? All of them deal with streaming video, so why are there three different services? This guide features each service and highlights the most appropriate uses for each of them.

NUS Galleria | galleria.nus.edu.sg

What is it?
NUS Galleria is a digital media repository which allows individual departments to permanently store and tag digital media assets such as corporate and informational videos and photographs. The aim of NUS Galleria is to keep a permanent record of digital media assets for NUS.

When to use it?
NUS departments should use NUS Galleria when they have good quality digital media assets that they will feel will be of value to NUS in the future.

NUScast | nuscast.nus.edu.sg

What is it?
NUScast is NUS’ webcast channel that streams live and recorded events, public and private seminars and webcast/podcast lectures.

When to use it?
If you have an event or seminar recorded and would like to stream it to NUS staff or students, then consider using NUScast service. All webcast lectures also come under NUScast.

NUS YouTube | www.youtube.com/nuscast

What is it?
NUS now has an official channel at the popular video sharing site YouTube. NUS YouTube is used to promote important events and seminars at NUS to all users and potential students.

When to use it?
If you want to generate more visibility to your organisation world-wide and have a constant stream of good quality events and seminars then you can consider using NUS YouTube.

To create your presence at NUS YouTube, you will need to seek CIT’s help.

Please note the comments function in NUS YouTube is switched on, so there may be comments on the videos.

All three media repositories work together to achieve specific objectives while at the same time providing flexibility to NUS stakeholders.

For a summary of these services, please download the video streaming services table.

A learning management system (LMS), such as IVLE, has served educators and students well. However, being a walled garden, the LMS is not very well suited to take advantage of the latest internet developments, particularly Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, social bookmarking and the like.

CIT's new service - Nexus - serves to plug the gap between private and public accessible learning systems. It can also include personal services which makes it a tool for more than learning, hence: connect.live.learn.

Students and staff who access Nexus will find that predefined services have already been added. Nexus allows you to access IVLE, NUS Libraries services, Network TV and webcast lectures directly. You can also view external services like Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and games from the same tabbed interface.

Nexus consolidates all these information streams in one consistent interface and location. Users are free to add various widgets which are available within Nexus. An RSS widget allows you to pull in any RSS-enabled content such as blogs and news to your Nexus interface.

In the near future, staff or students can also develop widgets for use in Nexus, which will make it a system which is develop by users for users.

For more information about Nexus, contact Mr or read the Nexus blog.

As the construction begins at University Town, project planners have envisioned the living and learning spaces of the future. In particular, CIT is working with the Office of University Town Development, Office of Estate Development, Computer Centre and the School of Design and Environment to develop a learning space for the future at the Education Resource Centre (ERC) at the heart of University Town.

ERC at NUS University Town

The ERC will be a low-lying building with plenty of open space. The challenge for the designers is to come up with a multi-purpose space which is comfortable and adaptable. Perhaps most challenging are the soft aspects of the design: will the space allow for students to explore new paradigms and harness their creativity?

In order to move forward, we must look at the current learning spaces available on campus and identify their shortcomings. A cursory glance at lecture theatres and tutorial rooms here reveals a basic design which has been relatively unchanged for decades, if not centuries. Implicit in the layout is the relationship between lecturer and students and even students with other students. It is decidedly a one-way relationship, much like a performer’s relationship with his or her audience.

While it is arguable that the amphitheatre layout of lecture halls cannot and should not be changed significantly, there is plenty of room for improvement and experimentation with small group and informal group settings. Students are required to discuss, share and collaborate both during class and outside of tutorials and seminars. Students also take lead roles during presentations.

The design and layout of learning spaces should reflect this reality and enhance the learners’ ability to work effectively in a fluid environment.

Our learning spaces need to be flexible.

From the layout to the furniture to the technology – the future learning space should allow for a wide range of use, limited only by our students’ imagination. The spaces need to have easy-to-use enabling technology – wireless access, power supply, presentation means, collaboration affordances – that does not get in the way physically.

It will be a challenge to meet these varied expectations and design specifications within a finite budget. With this challenge in mind, a working committee will be exploring flexible learning spaces in the United Stated and the United Kingdom so that we can study the best practices in this area and formulate flexible learning spaces within the ERC of University Town. Stakeholders – staff and students – should also be consulted in this process.

In the long term, the lessons learnt can be applied across the NUS campuses, so that the university remains at the forefront of education – a Global Knowledge Enterprise.