When I was doing my PGCert, I surveyed a cohort of postgraduate distance-learners to see what they thought of some brief instructional self-help clips that I had designed. I asked for feedback, and I got it – short videos were very welcome, it seemed, but several students particularly asked for animations – or my talking head in a corner of the screen. (WHY would anyone want to watch my talking head? Something that mystifies me, to be honest!) But I liked the idea of animations – apart from wondering how I would achieve this!
When I found Biteable.com, I was quite excited – there are a number of templates and audio backgrounds to choose from, and you can just edit in your own text, changing colours and adding pictures as you choose. I’ve done a couple for the Claimed From Stationers Hall network project that I spearhead, and a couple of months ago I made one as a library guide, too.
This week, I made two more. One is about setting up email alerts for our library discovery layer, and the video I’ve just curated today is about fake news – and basically, not leaping to conclusions about things when you haven’t enough evidence to back your suppositions up. That video stemmed from a Stationers’ Hall field trip that I made recently. It would have been great to have been able to say that I’d discovered a whole story about how certain music scores got into an old library collection. But – as you’ll see – in truth, I haven’t enough evidence to back up my guesses, and my initial ideas are probably pure fantasy!
Anyway, do have a look. I had fun making them, and I hope both videoclips will be useful.
- Learn to Set Up Online Alerts – videoclip
- Spotting Fake News (Be a Good Scholar) – videoclip
- Spotting Fake News – Whittaker Live blogpost with the same videoclip incorporated
- The earlier library guide – Library FAQs and Guides on our Library Portal