Jia Lin Yang
Camtasia was used to create a series of easy statistic videos for the third year Cancer Sciences course. Three videos have been developed so far and four are working titles. The videos were shown in class to ensure all students watched them, but could also be accessed outside of class to allow students to revisit them at later points in the program. It was chosen over other tools, such as iMovie and Adobe Presenter, due to ease of use and it allows more control over editing (can do screen recordings, webcam recordings, etc.) and timing, enabling flexibility over the design. It also has the ability to incorporate multiple types of elements such as images and videos, allows you to animate things on the screen and can be published as mp4.
Statistics can be complex to learn, but the advantage of having these videos is that they help break down key concepts, putting them into bite-size chunks of information and visualise these concepts with examples and video. Each video is approximately 7 minutes, allowing students to continuously go back and review sections if needed. Students are also provided with transcripts and referred to further examples to help develop their understanding.
This innovation took roughly 20 hours per video, including the building of the story boards, scripts and custom images, audio recording, editing and timing. Many of the graphics were redesigned and rebuilt. Some amount of knowledge and skill is needed to be able to use it. In the future, Camtasia would be considered again, however, if a licence was available, VideoScribe would also be to add to some of the elements. This was not an option for the current project as there was no budget to purchase it to use in collaboration.
Here are three of the videos that were created:
1. Easy Statistics - Research Errors
2. Easy Statistics - Cause of Errors
3. Easy Statistics - Avoiding Biases in Project Design