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Can We Help You? Video for Loyola DMS

Annually, there are massive updates to the online training courses for the Digital Media Services student workers. While planning media to highlight the vast array of equipment available through the department’s Equipment Loan Program, the team of supervisors differed in their ideas for what the video in training should look like.

Alma created storyboards for the three video variations and shot the footage for all of the videos simultaneously. Then she edited the video to each of the storyboard specifications. The video below is meant to promote the use of the equipment loan program because of its equipment selection and the friendliness of the staff. While students are not supposed to remember the entire list of equipment pieces, they should walk away with the impression that we have just about anything they need.

Alma shot the video using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. She edited the footage using Adobe Premiere CS6 with titles from Adobe After Effects CS6.

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Chad & Jeremy Collaboration

Chad & Jeremy, British Invasion Duo known for their Billboard hits Yesterday’s Gone, Summer Song, Distant Shores, Before and After, and more, reunited in 2004 and have toured since then, also appearing on several television and radio specials and PBS appearances.

Alma joined their team as official photographer and videographer in late 2013, touring with them in 2013 and 2014.

Alma’s main accomplishments since beginning this collaboration are:

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Video Competencies Online Courses

October 2012 – May 2013, as Digital Media Specialist at Loyola University Chicago

Alma planned, developed and created a multi-tiered curriculum on Video Production. Using Articulate Studio 8, the short tutorials were made of powerpoints combined with narrative media and multimedia interactions and short assessments. Alma did have the assistance of several part-time staff, one was dedicated to the project for 10 hours per week for three months. A large part of the curriculum development involved teaching those who assisted with the development of the training media.

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Snell Wedding videos and DVD

Snell Wedding DVD Cover (Mockup)Alma had never shot video at a wedding before, so to be asked by her two close friends Courtney and Andy not only set a precedent, but it set goals at a very high level. Alma was present for much of their relationship, and she wanted to use this opportunity to show them how much they meant to her.

Alma used the video camera they received as a shower gift, so they could watch the footage and continue adding footage while on their honeymoon. This added an additional need for some speedy transferring of video during the reception, but Alma was able to give them the wonderful surprise of two short (snapshot) videos and a full DVD. Alma designed the DVD case to look like a feature film, complete with a plot, guided by the story of how they met and fell in love.

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Oakton Community College Learning Center Website Maintenance

Alma met crucial deadlines on a regular basis to establish and maintain an up to date and well organized website for the OCC Learning Center. She posted staff schedules and regularly updated them for holidays, and added copy for special events, new articles and media. Based on recommendations from the area Director, content was reformatted within the existing web templates to drive more use of the content.

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The Power of Legos

A capstone project for my final Educational Technology course, Computer Uses in Education, this video was supposed to illustrate an integration of technology in education. Alma created a production guide and storyboard, below, as well as a two-column video script, in advance of shooting. The video captures ways that legos can be used to illustrate concepts that may be taught, even in higher education.

Feel free to view the final video here:

Special thanks go to Katelynd, Eric, TJ and Kurt for their participation in the video.

Legos Production Guide

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SI/SLA Program Administrative Organization in Blackboard CE 8

In the highly regimented Supplemental Instruction and Structured Learning Assistance programs there is a lot of paperwork.

This communication between students, SI and SLA leaders, faculty and staff helps the program grow through suggestions and comments. In addition it also allows the program coordinator to ensure a somewhat standardized student experience across SI/SLA Leaders. In the past, Cleveland State’s program used hard-copy weekly reports, this lead to large binders and folders and confusing files as well as late submissions.

Alma designed an assessment in the the Tutoring and Academic Success Centers’ Blackboard community, it remained open for a full week so student workers could fill in their paperwork and submit it on time, from any computer. This regimentation helped the staff develop a routine and allowed the program Coordinator to do her review of these reports all at once. Staff were also able to complete the report more quickly as the original report was scaled down to fit into an electronic format and more quantitative metrics were involved.

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Research Proposal: Will Film in the Classroom Increase Comprehension and Enjoyment of Non-Contemporary Novels?

In Alma’s Educational Research class, the final assignment was to write a research proposal and present it to the class. The students were given a strict time limit of five minutes for the presentation, so Alma decided to make my slide deck into a video file that would be completely pre-timed.

Alma also wanted to offer additional information and some counterpoints throughout the presentation. This was when she decided to use her knowledge of CG animation and created two co-presenters. One of them was dubbed “the researcher” who provided additional detail, and the other was “Mr Smiley” and he provided counter points and commentary. Special thanks go out to Alma’s dad who gave Mr Smiley his voice.

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Interactive Media Lab Technician

Maxine Goodman-Levin College of Urban Affairs: Interactive Media Lab Technician (November 2005- October 2007)

As an Interactive Media Lab Technician, Alma shot, edited and published video of class lectures and college forum events. She also provided comprehensive on-ground tech support for conferences and events within the college. Alma expanded the multi-media interactivity of the college website and created CD-ROMs for online classes.

Later in her time in that position, Alma authored and distributed DVD copies of the college television series Urban Issues, some of which she was on the production team for (through her Multi-Source Video Production course).

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