Day 4: MyPlayer

So here it is merry… 4th day.

Today we’ll be looking at Anglia Ruskin University’s media streaming server which we call MyPlayer. Part of the purpose of today is to bring attention to the facility,  and to share some ideas and successes staff have had.

Who can use it?

All staff can upload to it and there are three levels of security that can be attached to the media:

  • open to the world
  • open to staff and students who have logged in
  • open  only to staff

There is also a new ‘Personal’ category which gives all staff their own area that no one can see (see below). Along with most video and audio file types, staff can also upload Microsoft Office files like Excel, Word and PowerPoint to accompany their video/audio.

How can we use it?

We’re pleased to say that we have some excellent examples of effective use of MyPlayer.  Have a quick look at this video, you don’t have to watch all of it, and I’ll explain after:

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  • Naowarat used screen capture software called Camtasia to make a number of mock exam tutorials that and, in short, considerably increased the pass rate of her ailing statistics module. Watch this short video to hear Naowarat describe why and how she did it, in her own words (wait for the bit when she tells us how much of a change the videos have made to the student’s marks!):

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Naowarat’s videos are in the public area of MyPlayer, and have been watched thousand of times.  She’s been thanked in person by her students, and also told that they have been shared and used outside her Faculty, and outside our University.

Other uses:

  • Flipping the class – some staff have uploaded short lectures, using screen capture, talking over PowerPoint slides – with the express intention to invite students to watch them, and then use the face to face session to discuss the content.
  • ‘How to’ tutorials – MyPlayer has short video tutorials made by staff, covering everything from how to use software like Turnitin, to how to check someone’s vital life signs.
  • Introducing topics/pivotal ideas in a module – introduce ideas or covering important or difficult information in a short concise way – is a familiar and successful use, if numbers of views are anything to go by.
  • Students with different learning styles/English as a second language, and so on – some people like videos, and like to watch more than once
  • let us know any ideas you have, by posting a message in the comments section below.

NEW! Personal Category and Mobile Upload

As of October 2015, MyPlayer allows you to upload from your mobile phone/tablet, plus all staff have their own personal categories.  Uploading to a Personal category means that you can make videos that only you can see, unless you share the web address of the media with specified people.  This makes it perfect for getting messages to groups of people, or giving feedback to individuals.

With the superb quality in sound and vision offered by today’s mobile devices, it is now easy to make good quality videos and audio files with your phone/tablet, and upload to MyPlayer.  Click the image to find out how to upload from your phone in 200 seconds!

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N.B: MyPlayer is the name we have given to a product made by  Medial.

Today’s Christmas quiz

This ‘Christmas Special’ was cunningly first aired on the 23rd of December, 1988, and is an irreverent take on the Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Click here

Apologies, again, for those of you who do not have access to BoB.  The answers from the previous day will be posted each day – feel free to search for the clips on youtube.

Yesterday’s answer:

Yesterday’s film was ‘The Grinch’, or to give it’s full title ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’.














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