Video Saved the Library Star
In 2011 Cisco predicted that video would make up over 50% of all consumer Internet traffic by 2012, whilst YouTube recently reported that one hour of content is uploaded per second. Like mobile technology, video is becoming increasingly important in our lives. At ScHARR, University of Sheffield, we have identified a range of ways to employ video in our research, teaching and marketing:
- Using screencasts to instruct students, researchers and NHS staff on topics including literature searching and reference management
- Delivering information study skills via our 3elearning series of 3-minute, multi-format videos
- Replacing photographs on staff profile pages with short videos giving a more personal introduction and conveying staff academic activities in a more friendly and engaging way
- Marketing our research and Masters courses via video and screencasts including feedback from successful graduates
- Using video within our virtual learning environment, including module introductions, updates and ice breaker videos for distance learners based around the world
We are empowering our colleagues to produce their own content by running video and screencasting workshops and we host our content via the University’s own streaming video servers in addition to YouTube and Vimeo. These platforms have been employed to embed the content in other locations including our virtual learning environment, blogs, social platforms and University web pages.
We believe that video is a vital part of the future of higher education, and in our session we’ll share our passion for video, along with practical low and no-cost solutions to producing video content!
Back to the conference
Roly Keating, Michael Stephens, Brian Kelly, Dave Pattern and Karen Blakeman all made strong presences to name but a few, whilst there were countless trade stands to visit and even plunder for goodies if the inner-magpie in you took control. It was really good to see the joint SWETS Mendeley stand and of course the food was top notch.
ScHARR Library YouTube Channel
Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2011–2016