CD-ROM and DVD Creation
Given CD-ROM and DVD recorders are readily available, and as part of most computers, the process of disc creation has been greatly simplified. However, simply placing a digital video file on disc is not enough to insure a complete project. Using available software in the Technology Training and Production lab, CDs and DVDs can be created with menu-driven presentation that can be used in many situations. See the 2001 video by the author.
For example, both discs can be used to supplement classroom teaching and in some cases for publication.
Consider constructing a disc that contains video, slideshows, web links, text and other materials that enhance student learning.
Creating a CD-ROM disc
Creating a CD-ROM disc with menu starts with a software authoring program such as: AutoPlay Media Studio. This process is much like the DVD authoring process in that you must plan, gather and organize assets, and use an authoring tool to link the menu items to various "pages" containing your assets.
This process allows the author to guide the end-user through the material in an organized or developmental fashion to reach completion. For example, in a supplemental CD-ROM for a course, the instructor may wish to introduce the topic area, terms, etc. and then have the learner view a video, answer questions, create links to internet websites, or send email responses. At the end of any task, the end-user will be prompted or automatically led to the next step. Each step is designed by the author in a logical sequence.
In one example, authors used a menu-driven CD-ROM for a research project where participants were asked to view and rate a video segment according to an embedded survey. All data entered was collected via a website linked to the CD-ROM in the possession of the participants.
Streaming Video - Free Training
Streaming video refers to the process of viewing video from an internet webpage. The video is reduced in file size and quality in order to play acceptably on the viewer's computer. Any video can be converted to a streaming format. The length and size of a video must be considered as well as the internet connection speed. Bandwidth, referred to as a "pipeline" for information, must be suitable for video viewing. As bandwidth grows, that is, cable modems, DSL connections, etc. (replacing the dialup modem), the end computer user will be able to enjoy video streamed on the internet in increased quality and speed.
Examples of streaming video are contained on the site and many others at the University. Access to website creation and the ability to embed video into WebPages has become easier. Free programs can be used to convert files. Once files are digitized, the files are uploaded to the computer server, where the file is stored and can be accessed.
Depending on the purpose, video streaming can provide valuable information to students and others where immediate and "on-demand" learning is needed.