Why Use Multimedia?
Use any combination of text, images, video, animation, music, and/or voice narration to add creativity and interactivity to an assignment. You can add audio or video to a PowerPoint presentation, or create a screencast (recording and narration of your actions on a computer screen). You can present an argument through podcasting, or record an interview with someone else as an information source.
Before starting a project, consider the following:
Audience: Who is your audience? Are you aiming to teach or entertain them?
Time: When is the project due, and how much time do you have to figure out the software or technology needed? Is there a time limit on how long or short the recording should be?
Goals: What do you hope to accomplish, and how will multimedia help you reach your goals? Where can you find inspiration to be successful?
When you have decided on a project, how do you proceed?
Equipment: Will you need a microphone or a webcam? What software do you have access to?
Best Practices: Is there a right or wrong way to complete the project? Can you find recording and editing tips?
Recording: Reserve the recording room at Hardin Valley, check out a digital audio recorder, or check out a laptop equipped with internal microphone and webcam.
After recording your audio or video:
Edit: Polish your project by removing silent gaps or stumbles in the recording, and re-record as needed. Find a software tutorials for help with editing.
Copyright: Feel free to add content to your project that has been created by others, but only if it does not violate copyright. Do you see a Creative Commons License?
Publish: Store and share your multimedia online. Consider the best platform for audio or video. You may want to add a transcript or captions for accessibility.
And always save your work to the H Drive, a USB flash drive, or your preferred cloud storage!