Multimedia Project Examples
I've been in contact with a number of faculty recently who expressed that they were interested in utilizing multimedia for their students to create presentations, but didn't know what "multimedia" meant or how to do it. I've started this new page to help provide interested faculty with some general examples of multimedia presentations which utilize powerpoint, the web and digital video and/or audio.
If any faculty would like to share their ideas with other faculty, please let me know. I could add your example and also post examples of finished projects on this website, with the student's permission of course.
Gary Mote, SMS Manager
Links to Examples
- Present a Concept
- Present a Marketing Plan
- Link to Allyn & Bacon: Public Speaking Website
A good resource for information about accessing, analyzing, researching, organizing, delivering and discerning presentations as well as links to other websites (one called "Death by Powerpoint"). Contributed by Ann Jacobson, PhD, RN, Nursing, who describes this site as an "old standard" that she's used for a number of years. While most of the information concerns the creation of "photographic" slides, much of the information can be helpful in creating Powerpoint slides as well.
Note: This page will be continuously "under construction" as we add new examples or refine old ones. Please return often to see what's been added or changed.
Powerpoint is a universally accepted method for creating and making presentations in a wide variety of situations. Business, marketing and educational presentations immediately come to mind but any type of presentation that can be enhanced with the use of text, graphics, images and most importantly, with video or audio fall into this category. Digital Storytelling is also effectively achieved through the use of the expanded capabilities available in Powerpoint.
Students create their presentation using traditional Powerpoint techniques but add audio and/or video as well as animated effects to enhance the presentation. Audio and Video can be used to support the concepts being presented as described in the following examples:
Concept Presentation Project Example
A project might have the student research a concept or theory relative to the course then create a powerpoint presentation that consists of three parts:
- Presentation of the concept/theory using mostly textual information
Play a digital video or audio clip with still pictures related to that concept/theory.
The video would be embedded into a powerpoint slide. A video clip could playback full-screen or within a window on the slide so that additional text or images could be added to the slide as the video plays. An audio clip could be combined with still photos of the person being interviewed or with pictures, graphs, charts and/or text related to the concept being presented.
The videos could be clips taken from "commercial" videos/dvds that relate to the concept or they could be interviews with experts or scenes from real life or staged situations recorded by the student using a camcorder or audio recorder.
For example: Scenes from "A Bugs Life" might relate to business organization or management concepts.
- Finally, the student would use the remainder of the powerpoint presentation to describe how the video or audio relates to or portrays the concept being presented.
What do you need to tell your students?
DVDs and VHS movie clips can be captured and converted to Windows Media or MPEG1 video clips that will play in Powerpoint at the SMS. We have two Capture workstations set up specifically for this purpose that are easy to use.
If you want your students to record video or audio, they can use their own equipment or borrow (for free) camcorders or audio cassette recorders from the Audio Visual Services (AVS) department on the 3rd floor of the library. These need to be reserved in advance by the student. The telephone number for AVS is 672-1851.
As with the DVD and VHS "commercial" movies, the students will need to capture and convert their recorded videotapes into Windows Media or MPEG1 format clips so they can be played in Powerpoint. Audio cassettes can also be captured as MP3 audio files that can be played in Powerpoint. This can also be done at the SMS using the Capture workstations.
If you want your students to shoot well composed interviews, you might refer them to the page:
For on-line help with creating a Powerpoint, you might want to look at:
- How to Prepare Powerpoint Slides for a Business Presentation This PPT was created by Marilyn Seguin for her Advanced Business Writing class.
- Powerpoint Basics This page has links to a number of sites that provide beginner level tutorials for Powerpoint
- To save a Powerpoint Presentation to a CD-R so that all of your links work tells how to use the new feature, Package for CD, in Powerpoint 2003 that creates an autorun CD with embedded fonts, a PPT Viewer and properly links all audio and video files to the Ppt Presentation.
Of course, the SMS can arrange for someone to come to your class for a demo or arrange for your class to come to the library if desired. We can even work with you to create a workshop or on-line tutorials more specific to your project.
The SMS will also be conducting a number of 60 Minute Seminars this Fall for advanced Powerpoint users that will include inserting video, audio and animated effects. Students AND Faculty are welcome to sign up for these workshops throughout the semester.
Marketing Plan Project Example:
A project might have the student develop a marketing concept then collect examples of marketing concepts from print ads, television and movies or shoot their own video with interviews with marketing experts, record focus group comments or create their own video "commercial".
The powerpoint presentation could present the Marketing concept or plan through a combination of text slides and playing digital video/audio clips that support the concept.
Performance/Self-Evaluation Project Example:
Students can record video of their performance then show it within a powerpoint presentation that evaluates their performance utilizing standards specific to their field.
Types of "performances" that could be recorded/evaluated include:
- Performing Arts
- Public Speaking
The web may be one of the most under-utilized and misunderstood of all the "new" technologies available to educators. Even though the web has been around for decades, educators have barely scratched the surface for utilizing it effectively. Most faculty I've run into don't know much about it, other than the fact that they can google for information or do email, and don't understand the educational potential it offers.
First, a suggestion:
WEB VISTA ON-LINE COURSES: You should consider using WebCT, or "WEB-Vista" as it's now called, as a place to setup an on-line course. I personally find it to be useful, even in it's simplest form: providing access to course related materials, syllabii, or assignments, etc. Then add the ability to create on-line chat rooms where classes can be conducted anytime from anyplace, white boards where students and faculty can share graphical information, on-line testing where students can take quizes and be tested on the concepts being introduced in your class, and the ability to post educational multimedia content such as videos and audio clips and you have a very powerful new method of teaching and learning.
While we don't support faculty who want to create on-line courses here at the Student Multimedia Studio, you can find out more about how to set up a WebVista course by contacting the Faculty Professional Development Center or New Media Center in Moulton Hall.
Now, what can you (and your students) do on the web with the suppport of the SMS?
SHARING PRESENTATIONS AND DOCUMENTS:
Did you know that Powerpoint presentations and word documents are capable of being placed onto a student's or course's web space so that they can be shared not only with the instructor but between students? Students only need to use Internet Explorer to login to their own personal web space, then drag and drop their files onto the Kent Personal Server. Other students and faculty can then be sent an email with the URL link to that student's file. Faculty can have a "special" web space set up so that students can also use IE to access a common space that everyone shares and drag and drop their files to the webserver. Quite a number of faculty are using this method for having their students turn in multimedia and text document projects.
CREATING WEB-BASED PRESENTATIONS
The School of Nursing has been doing this for years and has developed a sophisticated method for students to "post" their web-based projects for the instructors and other students to share. The nursing students create powerpoint presentations about an aspect of nursing that interests them, save them as a web page, upload the finished webpages to their own personal server space, then "post" the URL to their powerpoint presentation to a special nursing site that was created especially for these courses. While the SMS didn't create and doesn't maintain the nursing site, we do help students learn to scan images, create the powerpoint presentations, save them as web pages and upload them to their personal website as well as help these students post the URL for their presentation to the shared WebCT nursing site.
The School of Nursing also has students create what they call a "webliography". Using MS Word, students create a list of links with descriptions. Then, they save the word document as a web page and follow the same procedure described above to upload the webpage they created to their own personal server space and post the URL to that web page on the Nursing WebCT pages.
Modern and Classical Language Studies students have been creating websites meant to teach foreign students about different types of American culture, but the underlying purpose of the sites is to teach foreign students about our language.
Liesure, Recreation and Sport students create a web site related to their field of interest using Frontpage, add video and audio clips to the pages, then upload them to their space on the personal server for the instructor to view.. and grade.
More examples to come.......
Digital Audio Projects
Instead of writing a paper, students create an "NPR" style audio story to present a persuasive argument, tell a story or communicate an idea.
- Audio "clips" needed for the story are created by recording and digitizing the student's own narrative, downloading audio clips supporting the story from the internet, recording and digitiizing interviews and/or capturing audio segments from DVD, Videotapes and audio cassettes.
- Audio Recording Equipment to record narration or "field" interviews: AVS can lend students audio cassette recorders to students but some students have digital audio recorders.
- Equipment to convert audio from audio cassettes, DVDs or videotapes to a digital format for editing: The SMS can provide this but can also show your students how to configure their own computers to do it, too.
- Software to edit digital audio. There's free multi-track editing software available for short (3-5 minute) audio stories. Students can download it and install on their own computers or use the software in the SMS.
- Training: The SMS can present hands-on workshops for your class in the Library's Electronic Classroom or provide one-on-one support at the SMS.