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The Video Creation Kiosk

In some previous posts we have discussed setting up a mini-TV studio as outlined by Penn State’s One-Button Studio or the Learning Glass .

Why bother setting up such a facility? Isn’t it easier just to use your iPad at home in your basement to record whatever you need? That’s way more convenient, right?

There are some pretty compelling reasons to go to the effort to equip a mini studio with the right equipment to create professional looking lectures:

  • Great sound is really important to the quality of an on-line video and the environment of an office (with cell-phones ringing down the hallway), with buzz from HVAC units, with tablet microphones, and with other acoustic clutter does not drive an acoustically superior effort.
  • Lighting in offices, in rooms can be off-color (think fluorescent lights), sunlight can change during the course of a recording session, and lights may be positioned at the wrong angles promoting a ghastly appearance.
  • Finally, lectures created with a thousand different apps will have a thousand different formats and IT has no control over the storage, re-use, indexing or archiving of all the IP that goes into making those lectures. It’s simply not a good basis for starting a collection of on-line course material.

These mini lecture-creation kiosks need to be nearby, convenient and simple to use, reservation-free and self-service so that busy instructors don’t have to spend a lot of time or energy creating what they need to create. Biology teachers want to wrap their heads around the latest in biology, not to spend time learning some new video editing program.

Our camera-recorders solve a lot of the problems mentioned above. They record high-quality hi-def video, have all-digital USB audio, and will automatically upload finished recordings to one or two content management locations (like Google Drive, Kaltura or Opencast). They’re also very affordable. Easy as pie and the content is safe and secure and not lost when the instructor drops his/her thumbdrive into a nearby snowbank.

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Learning Glass

For an online lecture to be engaging and interesting there are a lot of techniques which may be used to keep the viewer awake. Simple voice-overs of Powerpoints are generally thought to be about as boring as it gets.

One of the most recent and interesting approaches we’ve seen is called the “Learning Glass“, a device created by a physics professor at San Diego State University.

This approach allows clear, interactive viewing of the whiteboard/blackboard while the instructor makes direct eye contact with the students.

Our LC-100 and LC-110 Recorders provide for the left-right horizontal flip required to implement the capture of a Learning Glass session. Since these recorders can stream and record at the same time, a live Learning Glass class can be streamed live and then posted later to the LMS for video-on-demand.

Additional resources for the Learning Glass may be found at this website: