Tuesday, February 28, 2006

For eClips Newbies

In case you are just trying out eClips in class for the first time, here is are a few tips:

1. Getting ready: Before playing the clip, you'll want to introduce the speaker with a few remarks. You can download an intro slide on the speaker from the preview page on eClips. It is a slide with a picture (not video) of the speaker and a few key points about his/her background. The full bio is in the "notes" section. You can insert it into your own lecture by using Insert/Slides_from_file.

2. Inserting the video: The video clip you have selected can be inserted into a Powerpoint slide or just played on its own with a media player. For Powerpoint, create a blank slide and use the Insert/Movie/from the File command. If you are on a PC, choose the .mov format; Mac choose the .mpg format.

3. Playing in the classroom: If you use Powerpoint, the clip has to "travel" with the ppt. So if you are taking your lecture on a small drive, don’t just drag and drop the ppt – be sure to retain the same file structure. Make sure before you get to class that the clips play properly from the drive. If not, try deleting the clips and re-inserting.

4. Room tips: You need to have sound. If the classroom doesn’t come with a place to plug in, just bring a little computer speaker – that usually works fine. If there is a sound system, you'll need a sound cable to hook up the sound if you are using your own laptop.

5. Teaching tips: I find it works best to say a few words to queue up the clips for the students, then play as much of the clip that relates to my topic, then stop it and immediately jump in with a comment or to repeat salient points from the clip.

For example, you might say any of the following things:
  • “did you hear that last line? – your business plan is your ambassador” (after clip from Kevin McGovern)

  • “What do you think – do you agree with his views on Wal Mart? – 'If you want to change the way Procter & Gamble, SC Johnson, these companies do business, the only way to change it is to out compete them.' (after clip from Tom Szaky)

  • “That’s what I mean about the value proposition – it’s got to be quantified.” (clip from Rob Ryan)

Finally, when in doubt, call us for help! Jamie Kalousdian is on hand for technical help at 607-254-4523 or by email at djk37@cornell.edu.

Note: If you are reluctant to use the clip IN class, try having students listening to themes outside of classes (see my earlier post). Good luck!

- Professor Deborah Streeter

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