Interactive Pen Display
Instructors can "draw" directly on the computer monitor using a stylus (while it is possible to draw with a mouse, drawing with the pen-like stylus is easier for most people). You can combine the interactive pen with SnagIt or Camtasia to create whiteboard lectures.
Standard PowerPoint presentations can lead instructors to move too quickly, and to put too much material on each slide. Recorded whiteboard lectures move at a slower pace and give more presence to an online lecture. You can add more space to the bottom of your digital whiteboard as you go, and with Microsoft OneNote, you can change pen colors, widths, and even add images while you draw.
When using the microphone:
- Position the microphone so that it is close to you, but does not show up on-screen (if you’re using the camera).
- Make sure the microphone is set at position 1 (on the back of the mic).
- Make a test recording using your presentation voice and volume.
- Play back the recording with the desktop speaker volume set at half-way.
- If the volume is too low or too high, use the adjustment sliders in your recording software.
When shooting with the video camera:
- Use the studio lights, which provide soft and sufficient light. Turn off the fluorescent lights while recording.
- The gray background screen is a good neutral color for most recordings. If you are interested in using the green screen, request an orientation.
- Frame the image to show the person’s shoulders (newsreader’s frame). The subject should cover about three-fourths of the frame, leaving enough space to accommodate his or her movements.
- Avoid stripes and unusual patterned clothing. Wear solid and neutral colors (blacks, blues, greys are good).
- If the computer doesn’t detect the camera, try restarting the computer.
- Do not move the camera up and down to get the correct image on the frame; instead, change the chair height.