Assigning a multimedia project in a class can be a enjoyable way to encapsulate a learning experience or research project. These project do, however, take some extra planning.
There are some things to keep in mind if you (or your students) may not be familiar with the tools needed to create such a project.
- What is a reasonable amount of time to complete the project as designed? A well-edited short video created from scratch, 3-5 minutes can take a week’s work to produce–even if you are familiar with the software
- Is the assignment reasonable for the amount of credit given towards the final grade? If not, some students might elect not to complete the project
- Are there sufficient resources for students to complete the project without unfair financial burdens? There are, for example, a limited number of video cameras that can be borrowed, and even fewer lights, and tripods
- Are there adequate substitutes for scarce resources? Could the students use a smartphone, or other device they are likely to already own to complete the assignment without being penalized for lower video quality?
- Do the students actually understand the software needed to complete the project? Do you need to build some time for training in your timeline for completion?
- It is possible to offer a range of acceptable formats (blog, webpage, podcast or video) that can be suited to the skills the student might already have?
If you’d like to discuss these points with an expert, consultation information can be found at the bottom of this post. The same link can be used to schedule training for your students in the tools they need to complete the project.
Equipment to Create Multimedia Projects
Equipment can be rented at Media Services, located in the basement of the New South building. All rentals require an account number. Request for rentals should be placed 24 hours in advance and can be placed via phone or e-mail.
Please visit their equipment rental charges page at: http://www/mediaservices/equipment-rental-charges/
Available software at the McGraw Digital Learning Lab and J-Street Library
The McGraw Digital Learning Lab & Julian Street Library (at Wilson College) offers the following software:
|Adobe Creative Cloud Suite||Adobe Acrobat 10|
|Adobe Photoshop||Adobe Illustrator|
|Adobe InDesign||Adobe Fireworks|
|Adobe After Effects||Adobe Audition|
|Adobe Bridge||Adobe Contribute|
|Adobe Dreamweaver||Adobe Flash|
|Flash Catalyst||Flash Builder|
|Adobe Media Encoder||OnLocation|
|Adobe Premiere Pro||Story|
|Microsoft Office 2011||Toast Titanium|
|Final Cut X||Motion 4.0|
|Compressor 4.0||FinalCut Pro (Studio 2)|
|Final Cut 7||Compressor 3.0|
|Audacity||Carbon Copy Cloner|
|Google SketchUp||Google Earth|
|Remote Desktop Connection||R|
|Skype||Quicktime Pro (7 & 10)|
Multimedia Project Examples
Recent examples of multimedia projects created at the McGraw Digital Learning Lab include:
- Documentaries for senior theses
- 3D architecture models for architecture students
- 3D illustration models for art exhibit
- Short films for urban studies
For consultations on multimedia projects, training or workshops:
Please contact the McGraw Digital Learning Lab: 258-6073.