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01 Aug: How the UBC School of Music Uses WeVu for Teaching and Auditions

UBC Music Amplifies Learning and Simplifies Auditions with Smartphone Video The University of British Columbia’s School of Music used to do a lot of its administration and teaching using paper and email. Painful. The worst part was all the WAITING AROUND for students and teachers, waiting to practice, perform, and give feedback. Traditional ways of teaching and working were wasting people’s time and students weren’t getting the learning benefits that are possible with some affordable technology. Now that students can record great video and good audio anywhere on their phones, learning and auditions have changed at UBC. Music students, perhaps more…

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01 Aug: Evidence that Feedback on Videos of Skills Practice…. Works!

Evidence that Feedback on Videos of Skills Practice…. Works!   Feedback is widely accepted as a critical part of the learning process (Boud & Molloy, 2013). As many scholars indicate, feedback not only provides direction on what particular techniques the leraner needs to improve, but is essential for the student’s growth – boosting their confidence, increasing motivation and self-esteem (Clynes & Raftery, 2008). While the feedback itself may be provided in a variety of different ways, there has been a particular surge in the use of video-based feedback methods alongside video assignments to support learning and education in professional development and…

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16 Jul: Video for Sales Onboarding

Save money, time, and resources, and train people better, by doing… Salesperson Onboarding with Video Practice “Everyone likes ‘The Office.’ Everyone likes parties. Furthermore, everyone likes ‘The Office’ themed office parties. If you’re a sales manager, you can fund your office’s next “the Office” themed office party and have lots left over. You just need to jump into using phone video recording and cloud video sharing to modernize your salesperson on boarding process. We’ll come up with about $20,000 in savings for you – plenty of money to spend on expensive “the Office” themed gags. Of course, you’ll probably spend it…

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10 Jul: The Content Bias in Edtech

By Fred Cutler, Associate Professor of Political Science, UBC-Vancouver; and Director, UBC Faculty of Arts Instructional Support and IT. (https://politics.ubc.ca/persons/fred-cutler/ ) Is EdTech really innovative? We can’t assume that technology applied to education equals educational innovation.  Edtech might even reinforce outdated, ineffective pedagogies that are being debunked by research on learning. At a recent Edtech event in London, startups were asked where they sit on a continuum from innovation to revenue. Most resisted the idea that revenue and innovation were at odds. They seemed to be thinking mostly about technological innovation. And it’s true that in the long-run, tech innovation and revenue in…

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10 Jul: Card Payments without Wi-Fi for Community Organizations and Sports Clubs

How to take card payments with no WiFi and no mobile phone for Little Leagues, Football and Soccer Clubs, Festivals, and more Everyone knows you can take payments on your phone. Mobile businesses, especially tradespeople, now use their phones with the Square Point of Sale card and tap readers. But what about community organizations that are operating in a place with no WiFi and don’t have a phone with a data plan for their organization. Lots of them think they can’t take mobile payments. But they can, for around $10 a month. That’s the situation that Jericho Little League in Vancouver…

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25 Jun: Ongoing Debriefing for Health Simulations

Video for low-cost simulation and skills practice in Nursing and other health professions The power of simulation for learning has been clear for centuries. Even the mighty Roman military did simulations to make sure their armies were ready for battle. They also used simulation for soft skills so they could convince people in their conquered territories to be loyal citizens. (You’d never know this from Asterix, though.) But the Romans didn’t have video to make debriefing happen powerfully anywhere across time and space. Now it’s so easy to record video, but the challenge is how to use it for simulation without…

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15 Nov: STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO CHEAP, EFFECTIVE VIDEO AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC AND VOICE (Part 1)

In this three part series, I provide a guide that helps you do an effective video audition for post-secondary music programs, on a budget. I’ll dive in to the differences in sound quality between premium recording equipment, dirt cheap audio recording, and the mic that’s on your iPhone. You will be guided through the step by step procedures of how to set up this equipment, buy or borrow it cheaply, and edit it quickly with great results. Part 1: Overview + Audio Recording video auditions can be a super stressful affair for senior students. The seemingly endless array of options when it comes to recording equipment or the uncertainty of…

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14 Nov: STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO CHEAP, EFFECTIVE VIDEO AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC AND VOICE (Part 2)

Part 2: Video Best Practices and Audio-Video Synchronization In this three part series, we guide you to do an effective video audition for post secondary music programs, on a budget. We’ll dive in to the differences in sound quality between premium recording equipment, dirt cheap audio recording, and the mic that’s on your iPhone. You will be guided through the step by step procedures of how to set up this equipment, buy it cheaply, and edit it with speed. In this guide, we’ll show you how to record your audio and video simultaneously through separate equipment. We’ll show you how to…