Posts Tagged "YouTube"

Back in the ‘speaking saddle’…

… that’s right folks, despite being a dreaded vendor, I have recently spoken at the UCISA Using Social Media For Training event at the kind invitation of the lovely Gillian Fielding. Gillian and I met several months ago and discussed potential subjects and settling upon me looking at the use of YouTube, whilst other facilitators delved into other areas. As always, I’d like to share my ‘take aways’ from the sessions that I attended, as well as the content from within my session. Sue Beckingham – Looking in from the outside: Developing your own windows of opportunity using Social Media. Sue delivered a great session that I’m sure would have had a HUGE impact on those individuals who were still debating/in the tentative stages of using Social Media. The takeaway for me from this session, wasn’t the content as such, it was the way that Sue delivered that content using Infographics – which Helen Keegan has done a good job of capturing here. Thanks for the inspiration Sue! Matthew Stephenson – Legal and Policy implications of Social Media I have to be honest here and say that I didn’t enjoy this session. Whilst I understand that there are implications of using Social Media incorrectly and for that very reason it is important to provide a balanced view during an event such as this, I felt that this particular session involved a lot of scaremongering, which I actually tweeted and which attracted quite a few ReTweets Some scaremongering taking place here. Suggestions that no1 should push boundaries & should wait for 'top down' direction #UCISASoMe18/04/2012 12:28 via Osfoora HDReplyRetweetFavorite@CraigTaylor74Craig Taylor the notion of not pushing boundaries and waiting for ‘top direction’ seems very ‘old school thinking’ to me and I hope didn’t put any of the attendees off! Gillian Fielding – Facebook for Facilitating Gillian took us on a whistlestop journey of a recent ‘QR codes’ course that she had facilitated in Facebook and the successes and challenges that this had brought. We were then asked to discuss whether the constant changes and updates to Facebook (which, unlike an LMS are obviously out of your control) meant that this platform was unsuitable as a VLE/LMS. Having had some time since the event to reflect upon this question, I feel that as long as the changes/updates haven’t lost any content and still allows the learner to interact with that content then it’s not really a big deal. Let’s be honest, there will be a few reasons why you are choosing to use Facebook and as long as one of those reasons is because that’s where your learners eyes are then the chances are they have already cottoned onto the changes (as happened with the recent Facebook Timeline changes) Yours Truly – Using YouTube for Training Given that it would be somewhat ironic to attempt to do deliver my sessions content without using YouTube coupled with the fact that I only had 30 mins to facilitate my session I decided to record and publish a number of YouTube videos focussing on some ‘less obvious’ uses of YouTube and encourage attendees to view them in advance, interact with them and then use them as a catalyst for conversations during the the f2f session itself – a ‘flipped‘ approach if you will! My greatest concern over doing this, was that the attendees may not have taken the time to view the content ahead of the session, however of the approx 50 people that attended my session (split over 2 x sessions), only 2 or 3 people had failed to viewed the videos in advance. I’ve no...

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On the bus….

… off the bus, is probably how I would describe the last few months, in relation to a few speaking gigs I’d had lined up. Between August and December of last year I was fortunate enough have been asked to speak at a number of events in 2012 on the subjects of: Getting started with mobile learning Getting the most from the Learning Technologies you already have Needless to say, I was very excited at the prospect of this and started to do some tentative prep work. However the early part of 2012 brought some disappointing news. One of the events ‘people’ contacted me to let me know that given my “change in circumstances“, I would no longer be able to facilitate my session????? When I dug (and believe me, I had to dig) for what exactly my “change in circumstances” was I discovered it was because I was now a ‘vendor’! Despite my assurances that the content of the session in absolutely no way was designed to sell  a product/service etc (in fact it was all about using the tech you already had) it was to no avail, I was out on my ear! Not to worry, I still had my second session to look forward to…… ….. that was until about a week later I got an email to say that ‘due to unforeseen circumstances‘ I would be unable to speak at that event too – I don’t think I need to tell you what the unforeseen circumstances were. Again, had I been trying to flog a product or a service, then I could’ve understood, but it was a completely tool/platform/vendor agnostic session, that would’ve helped people maximise their learners ‘own’ mobile devices. But the purpose of this blog post isn’t to whinge about those instances, but to let you know that I have been asked to speak at a forthcoming UCISA event on the subject of ‘Using YouTube For Training‘ with the full knowledge of the organiser that I am “dum, dum, dummmmmm” a vendor!!!! I’m really excited about the prospect of this for a couple of reasons It’s for an audience that I haven’t specifically worked with before Given the nature of the subject I’ve been given, it will really allow me to play around with the ‘growing in popularity’ idea of the ‘flipped classroom’  by delivering the raw content via YouTube itself. More on this in a future blog post… Image...

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Gearing Up For Learning Live

A few months ago Don Taylor  asked me to facilitate a session at the IITT’s Learning Live conference, a request that (as always) I jumped at  for a number of reasons; there are the obvious ones: An opportunity to meet up with colleuages who I have only ever interacted with online To meet new people and further enhance my network To attend (for free!) some fantastic looking sessions facilitated both by people I know, trust and respect as well as some people who I do not (yet) know To showcase my skills amongst the wider industry But there is an additional reason that may not be obvious and may not be everybody’s ‘raison detre’ for speaking at conferences and workshops and it is this It challenges me to ‘do‘ and ‘be‘ something different. As regular readers will know the opportunities for me to show my passion and interest in this area are restricted within my organisation so any opportunity to do so to a like-minded group of people is not only seized upon, but I guess it also acts as a testing ground for all the things that I am unable to do within my normal working day. Not only do I want the content of the session to resonate with the attendees who have (very often) paid good money to attend these conferences, but I also want the audience to leave with some additional ideas as to how to facilitate sessions and workshops in a different manner, a ‘meta’ session within a session if you like. I always find that a reliable way of doing this is to add a great deal of interactivity within the session and in particular within the navigation of the session. Now this can be a little tricky to do as you are essentially stepping away from the linear type of presentation that we all know, that is easier to put together and to a large degree is ‘safe’. I have in the past even managed to tell a story using a non linear approach and allowing the audience to choose wether they wanted the beginning, middle or end bit and in what order – and it worked!!! For Learning Live I have once again chosen to take a non linear to the session but this time I have decided (or as I have never done this before it may be accurate to say ‘gambled’) to take the navigation  off the screen as I have previously done and bring it physically into the classroom, but to then take any decision that the audience makes and put it back onto the screen……   …… sound complicated? Well actually it isn’t and if you’re attending my session at Leaning Live then you’ll see (fingers crossed) how it all works – who knows it may give you some ideas in the future??? As a little clue as to how I’m going to work the navigation aspect here is a short video that I have made to ‘set up’ my forthcoming session See you in...

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So there I was, wandering around YouTube, minding my own business….

…. when I stumbled upon the ‘edit video detail’ toolbar at the top of the page. Now I had seen this previously and had chosen to ignore it as my video editing is done in either Flipshare or more recently in Windows Movie Maker. What an oversight on my behalf!!! Within the video editing options there is an option to add annotations. Now this in itself is nothing startling as many video editing tools allow you to annotate on top of the video footage, but what this allows you to do is to add a ‘spotlight’ on top of anything that is being shown in the YouTube footage. This spotlight (imagine a hot spot) will then allow a URL (including another YouTube video) to be added to it. This then allows your YouTube video to become interactive in so far as the viewer can be steered towards making a choice which then jumps them from one YouTube video to another to another etc etc depending upon their choices. For a far more in-depth account as to how to do this then check out this blog post. Of course I almost fell over myself in an attempt to try this out so I hope you’ll all be able to see past the poor lighting and dodgy camera angles to the real potential that this approach to using YouTube can bring. My only niggle at this moment in time is that upon completion of the clip it  jumps (as any YouTube clip does) to a ‘related videos’ window, this in turn stops the viewer from making any on-screen selection at the end of the clip, so it prevents the viewer from being able reflect upon the available choices. Confused? Then try watching the following short clip without making any selection and you’ll see what happens at the end of the video. Then you can replay the video and start taking part for real… So what do you think? Is this something you could use? If so, what...

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Guess who’s back, back again…

Craigy’s back, tell a friend (if you’re not an Eminem fan, then this blog title was wasted on you!) As you will have spotted by now, I have been absent from my Blog for a couple of weeks, admittedly some of that absence has been down to the fact that I have been moving to this self-hosted WP site, which I am hoping will ‘futureproof’ some of the ideas that I want to take forward and also to be honest, it’s been Christmas and I’ve been a bit lazy!!! But we’re half way through January so it’s about time I pulled my finger out and started putting fingers (both index ones only) to keyboard. Here are a few of the blog entries I have got lined up over the next few weeks: Overview of a storyboarding session that I have arranged to be delivered by Julie Wedgwood. Reflections on my first use (as a facilitator) of Elluminate My ‘alternative’ view to the Learning Technology Trends To Watch In 2011 post. Reflections on my participation of a Virtual Classroom facilitators workshop facilitated by Onlignment. A little look at something quite……. special, that I have discovered in YouTube. Commentary on my progress through an online Rapid eLearning Development programme If you haven’t already added this new web address to your subscriptions/aggregator, then make sure you do as I don’t want you to miss...

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