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AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON
The Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT)
launched the One Button Studio, a digital media facility
for creating educational videos, in June 2018.
Speaking at the launch event, CILT
director Associate Professor Laura
Czerniewicz said the expertise gained
during the production of 12 massive
open online courses (MOOCs) would
be channelled into the formal online
education programme.
This would be made ever easier
with the addition of the automated
video-recording facilities housed
in the new One Button Studio,
a collaborative project between
CILT’s Digital Media Unit and its
learning technologies team.
“The One Button Studio is UCT’s
investment in the blended and online
learning capacity,” said the head of
the Digital Media Unit, Nawaal Deane.
True to its name, the studio can be
controlled using a single button, and
comes complete with camera rig,
teleprompter, greenscreen backdrop
and accompanying lecture slides.
After scheduling a slot in the
studio, an educator simply needs
to prepare their lecture materials
and arrive to record. Once in studio
they attach a lapel microphone, face
the camera and press the button
to start recording. The videos are
automatically stored in the user’s Vula
profile and can be edited as required
with the OpenCast editing software.
CILT will train academics to use the
system, Deane said.
“We ... don’t expect you to walk in
here and do everything by yourself.
But it is as easy as clicking a button.”
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