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Episode 11: The improved video kit to end all previous video kits

(recorded December 20, 2016)
Tom, Amy, and Karen give the rundown on the new and improved video kits to end all previous video kits. Karen gives a pro tip on setting up an alternate host in WebEx, Tom shares about how he manages to never miss a birthday on Facebook, and the whole crew goes nuts for the Windows Calculator.

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When creating a brand new learning experience there is a lot to consider. Who is your audience? What is their comfort level with online learning? What types of teaching content will be most useful to them? Who are the content experts? What are your resources? Who will help create, review, and finalize teaching content like videos, text, images, and more? There was a lot to consider during the development of the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Detector Core Course, and the team worked very thoughtfully through it all.

Diversifying content delivery

The program team planned to utilize web-based, classroom, and field teaching methods for a flipped classroom approach. For sustainability and scalability, the team decided the online portion of the instruction needed to be designed to be self-paced and not require intervention from an instructor. Still, they wanted to provide a framework that would support a variety of learners. So we took a multimodal approach, delivering the same content through a variety of methods.


Narrated presentations are embedded in Moodle pages to teach the content through videos hosted on YouTube, which allows for the use of captions, and various playback speeds. This is a pretty traditional approach. But the team didn’t want to stop there. Due to the complexity of the subject matter, we also tried Moodle’s book and glossary resources. 

Interactive online books

The books, which can be printed, utilized the scripts and images from the videos. Important terms were defined in the glossary, and automatically hyperlinked when found elsewhere in the course, such as in the books. 


We also had the opportunity to assist with videos being created for in-person training sessions. Our video kit, which is loanable for any Extension project, was utilized for the filming AND editing. The mini iPad’s iMovie app made it possible to create a great picture-in-picture mock phone call example to illustrate how AIS Detectors should and shouldn’t respond to press inquiries!

This project was selected through the Extension e-Learning Proposal Process. We work with Extension Educators, Program Staff, and Faculty who offer training or education, like the Turf and Ground Field Day, Equine Demonstrations, the Local Foods College, the Serve it Up Safely Course, and the Master Gardener Core Course. They are ready to expand their reach, make education more accessible, and/or collaborate with colleagues and community members at a distance. If this is you and you’re ready for help, contact us for a consultation or propose a project!

Episode 10

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Episode 10: A new space for recording in St. Paul.

(recorded December 6, 2016)
Tom, Amy, Karen, and Alison give some pro tips for the new 1:Button recording studio in St. Paul. Like don't forget a spare mustache. We also discuss the Pomodoro Technique, Google Explore, and Canva.
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There's a new 1:Button Studio on St. Paul Campus! It is in Magrath Library.

Our team got the VIP tour from Extension Librarian, Kristen Mastel. It only took about 10 minutes to orient us to the studio, it's THAT easy! (after that we just stood around eating Kristen's cookies).
If you need to do simple but professional video, voiceover Powerpoint, screen recording, live interviews, presentation rehearsals, etc.--this space is for YOU. 
I made a little video about it so you too can come along on the tour!

You literally push ONE BUTTON and badaboom badabing, the videos show up in your email inbox. My email with videos showed up before I'd even finished my cookie.

Here is the Library's page about their studio spaces: and you can reserve it up to two weeks in advance here,

Pro Tips for using the 1:Button Studio

  • The videos come to you in 4 different views; you can choose which one you like (see video above for real footage of the 4 views)
  • The videos are ready to upload and use as-is, or you can edit using any video editing software.
  • Download the videos that are emailed to you--they only stay on the 1:Button server for about 2 weeks.
  • I'd dress in a solid color that is not grey next time. Maybe bring a couple shirts to try.
  • Don't change shirts in front of the camera. OIT live monitors the rooms! 
  • Bring a laptop to plug in for the PowerPoint (or screenshare) part of the recording, if you want that.
  • There are "apple boxes" you can stand on if you are short like me, so that you are framed nicely in the video (the camera is NOT adjustable up or down). 

NOTE: I made this video using, a tool we were evaluating in Extension Technology for purchase for use within Extension. The watermark on the video has nothing to do with using the 1:Button Studio! :)