Peer Support

Informal Lunches (No Longer Being Scheduled)

Note that ViTaL is no longer a program of the Duke Digital Initiative. All information on this site should be considered archival.

Occasional informal lunch gatherings are part of the collection of peer-support opportunities available to you. At these lunches, you can come and talk about whatever you want: ask questions, share tips, debate video styles, etc.  There will be no agenda and no speaker. No registration or RSVP is necessary. (You’re responsible for your own meal.) Look for a sign on a table that says “ViTaL” to know where to sit. Order when you get there, and remember that you can bring your own cup to save using plastic or paper!

Wednesday April 15, 2015, Penn Pavilion, 11:45AM-1:00PM

Monday May 18, 2015, Penn Pavilion, 11:45AM-1:00PM

Mailing List

Anyone can join the ViTaL mailing list. It is used to announce events, additions to the Web site, new training opportunities, and more, but it can also be used by you to connect with like-minded people who are creating educational videos.

Interest Group Meetings

The ViTaL interest group regularly meets from noon-1:00 on the third Thursday of each month (September through May) for brown bag lunches. In Fall 2014, meetings will be held in the RENCI conference room in the Telcom Building. Additional sessions are scheduled when topics of interest are identified. All meetings are open to faculty, staff, and students, although topics will focus on faculty interests. For lunchtime meetings, bring your own food and drink.

An archive to select materials from past meetings is available.

Thursday March 19, 2015: “Recording and Editing in Panopto” (Monthly Meeting)
Noon-1:00 PM, RENCI Conference Room, Telcom Building
Paul Zizzo, Multimedia and User Services Analyst, Nicholas School

By now you should know that there are many ways to create and edit video. Panopto, freely available to the Duke community and already used by many faculty to record lectures in classrooms, is another option available to you. Paul Zizzo, multimedia and user services analyst in the Nicholas School, will help you learn what you need to get started with Panopto when you want to create video lectures outside a classroom. Just as with Screenflow and Camtasia, you can record from a webcam, capture your computer screen, and then edit your results. At the end of this session, you will better understand whether Panopto can meet your needs for creating and editing educational video!

Thursday April 16, 2015: “Adaptation: Taking Your Lecture from the Classroom to the Camera” (Monthly Meeting)
Noon-1:00 PM, RENCI Conference Room, Telcom Building
Mich Donovan, Media Technology Services, Office of Information Technology and Andrea Novicki, Senior Academic Technology Consultant, Center for Instructional Technology

While a camera in the back of a classroom is one way to produce educational video it is far from the most effective. In this ViTaL session we will take a lecture that was previously only taught in the classroom and walk through the steps to transform it into a format more suitable for online learning.  From modulating content, to script-writing, to graphic design, this pre-production process will walk through everything you should consider before pressing “record.”

Thursday May 21, 2015: “Discussion: ViTaL” (Monthly Meeting)
Noon-1:00 PM, RENCI Conference Room, Telcom Building

ViTaL was born in September 2013 as an experimental program of the Duke Digital Initiative to support self-service, peer-supported video production for teaching and learning. At the end of its second academic year, we’d like to take a look back at what we’ve tried and get your feedback on what would be useful going forward.

Photo of attendees at April ViTaL meeting

The April ViTaL meeting had a full house of attendees! (photo credit: Chris Lorch, CIT)


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