IDEAS

This semester, Chinese New Year will result in two days of lost lectures. This need not be the case. Using tools made familiar to you during previous eLearning Weeks, you can record lectures which your students can view at their leisure.

Pre-record a webcast
The simplest option is to pre-record your webcast. You can use the webcast request form to arrange to have your lecture recorded before the holiday and have it made available for viewing during and after the holiday.

Use Breeze
If you want to do-it-yourself, you can use Breeze (creation on Windows and PowerPoint only, viewing on Win/Mac/ Linux with the Flash Player plugin installed) to create standalone online presentations with audio narration, simple quizzes and interactivity. This will be available online to your students as a Flash-based presentation.

Use screen recording
Not using Windows or PowerPoint? Need to display a website or to demonstrate software? You can use screen recording software instead. Think of it as a virtual camera pointed at your computer screen. CIT provides Camtasia Relay and Ink2Go! for screen recording purposes. Both allow you to record your screen while you narrate. Camtasia Relay creates an online video while Ink2Go! creates a video file which should be uploaded to the Multimedia Bank in IVLE.

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ideas September 2010

An interview with Dr Lee Hon Sing, NUS Business School

We have glimpsed the future. In the Star Wars movies, we see people communicating over interstellar distances using holographic representations and projections without any lag.

While that is a long way off, our present technology can bridge more earthly distances. These are various forms of conferencing - audio, video and web - which provide for different needs.

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ideas May 2010

Note: Turnitin detects similarity. While the author described Turnitin as a plagiarism detection service, Turnitin only detects similarity to other sources. Humans determine if a paper is plagiarised.

By N. Sivasothi, Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences

For the third year running, non-biology students who take the cross-faculty module LSM1303 Animal Behaviour are blogging. As part of their continual assessment, every student in the class of about 200 creates a single blog post each. Their blog site, Blogging about Animal Behaviour is hosted on Blog.nus.

Blogging benefits

Writing an original post encourages students to read and communicate beyond the limits of their project work and lectures. It also exposes them to their fellow-students' efforts which cover a wide range of examples of animal behaviour.

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ideas March 2010

If a picture paints a thousand words, how many does a moving picture paint?

While we cannot give an absolute figure, a well-crafted video probably paints much more. It is with this in mind that CIT launched the ConceptCast project.

As the name alludes, ConceptCasts are videos - screencasts, multimedia presentations or similar items - which are aimed at addressing specific concepts. These are short, easy to understand videos lasting not more than five minutes.
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