EdTech Spotlight- Kelvin Trefz

Meet Educational Technologist-Kelvin Trefz!

Kelvin hails from Cardington, Ohio and earned his Undergraduate and Masters Degrees from The Ohio State University. Kelvin’s undergraduate is in Science Education while his Master’s Degree is in Instructional Design. Some highlights of Kelvin’s career include teaching high school Physics and becoming a lecturer and demonstrator of the OSU Department of Physics. Before moving to EHE EdTech, Kelvin worked as an instructional designer for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).Kelvin Trefz Educational Technologist

There, he helped manage the Carmen online system that Ohio State students and faculty use for their courses. Kelvin has been with EHE EdTech for four years and has made great contributions to the EdTech team. During his time here, Kelvin has worked on quite a few courses. He has been involved in developing a new survey system that will allow professors to receive student feedback during the semester.  Recently Kelvin has been working closely on the Quality Matters project, which along with the Edtech Curriculum Committee guidelines, helps set standards for online course Syllabi.  Kelvin is looking forward to emerging technologies that the EdTech office will utilize in the future. We love Kelvin’s talent and what he continues to add to the team!

Top Five Tips for Recording Footage

1. Pay attention to the lighting of room you are in.

Lighting can affect your footage significantly. Be aware of lighting especially if you are filming inside a building. Sometimes it is a good idea to bring some extra set lights with you so that your footage is lit correctly and you get the look you want. 

2. Make sure your audio equipment is recording what you want.

Make sure the microphones connected to the camera are not picking up unintended sounds. It’s a good idea to check the volume of the recording to make sure that your audio is being recorded at a sound level.  To do this listen to the audio through a pair of headphones that you connect to the camera.  Have someone speak into the microphone while you listen.  It is common to have this person say “test, test, test,” or “check 1, 2, 3” until you are confident that the audio is loud enough to hear, without being so loud that it cuts out on certain words.  If the audio is cutting out, you will see the sound level bar go into the red and the voice will sound distorted.  Turn down your volume if this happens.  Also, consider turning off things that make ambient room noise – window air-conditions for example.  A good thing to remember is: if you can hear it in your headphones, you will be able to hear it in your recording.

3. Plan out what shots you want for your video beforehand.camera

It’s important to plan out shots before you begin to film.  Consider drawing images of the shots that you would like to capture.  Videographers refer to this process as storyboarding.  The more you map out what you plan to record, the more likely you are to capture the shots you need.

4. Learn to control your tripod.

Make sure you know how to move your tripod before filming. If the screws on the tripod are too tight, it can hard to move the camera while filming which can lead to the recording being negatively affected.

5. If something doesn’t the record the way you want, there is still hope!

 If your recording doesn’t go 100% perfectly, don’t fret. During the editing stage, it is possible to fix many issues that may arise during recording. Editing programs such as iMovie and Adobe Premiere can allow people to adjust lighting, color and sound issues.  With this being said, don’t fall into the trap of “we can fix it in post.”  Just like your favorite dish, the quality of the ingredients included, along with the chef’s skill will determine how great it ultimately tastes.  You might be able to save the dish with salt and pepper if it isn’t properly prepared (fixing it in a post), but it will never be as good as it could have been if you would have taken the time to plan and execute correctly during the cooking process (production.)

Edtech Spotlight-Jennifer Cooke

Jennifer Cooke Education Technology Specialist

Get to know Jennifer Cooke, EdTech’s Multimedia Design Specialist!

Jennifer Cooke comes from Circleville, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Art and Technology. During her undergrad, Jennifer was exposed to web design, graphics, 2D/3D animation as well as other forms of multimedia. She also worked at the Digital Union for two years while at Ohio State involving herself in various consultations and workshops.

After graduating, Jennifer did freelance web design work and taught Interactive Communication Design classes at ITT Tech. She then returned to Ohio State working as a Video Producer for the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and provided video support for the university. Her department was then moved to the Office of Distance Education eLearning (ODEE) which had a heavy focus on the production of online courses.

Due to her passion for education, Jennifer chose to make the move EHE’s EdTech team in order to work with faculty on a more one on one basis. At EdTech Jennifer was able to collaborate with instructional designers and combine her passion for multimedia with her passion for education. In the future, Jennifer will be moving into a brand new position where she will be a liaison between instructional designers and media services at Edtech. Jennifer is very excited about upcoming projects within the office, and she can’t wait to improve her technical and professional networking skills further here at EdTech.

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