Webinar today: recording lectures with Lightboards

Lightboard example photo. A professor is shown demonstrating Lightboard usage in a studio.

A professor demonstrating the use of a Lightboard in an electronics design lecture. Photo credit: https://lightboard.info/.

Lightboards: Home-Grown to Smart Studio

  • Today, February 26, 2019, 2-3 p.m.
  • Presenters: Klaas Kwant and Garry Brand, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Link to register: Webinar Registration

A ‘lightboard’ (a.k.a. learning glass) is a glass chalkboard pumped full of light.  It is used to record video lecture topics.  You face toward your viewers, and your writing glows in front of you.

Lightboards tend to be home-grown devices at different higher education institutions. GRCC’s is no different. The baton of basic information was passed to us by GVSU, and various staff have helped to make ours functional and unique. In addition to its basic construction by Bill Faber, Chemistry Professor, we have built a smart, dedicated space that is accessible to all faculty, adding features like sound-deadening in the room, the ability to work along with pre-prepared slides, and even chroma-key options. We have maintained a philosophy of empowering faculty to independently record themselves once they are shown how the room works, knowing that technology staff are close by if they have any questions.

If you would like to be a presenter for an upcoming webinar, please contact flokken@tmcc.edu.

Lightboard example photo. The professor is shown as he would appear in the final recording, writing on what appears to be a glass wall.

An example of how professor and Lightboard will appear in the final recording. Photo credit: https://lightboard.info/.

 

 

Final episode of ‘Cooking with Angus’ this Sunday

After over 100 episodes, the Cooking With Angus TV series created by the GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will soon release its final episode. Featuring chefs from all over the world and graduates of the program in Grand Rapids, the final episode goes back and forth between Scotland and the USA showcasing an emotional, cultural, and deliciously compelling picture of Chef Angus’ career.

Sunday, February 24, 2019, at 5 p.m. on ABC 13.

‘Cooking with Angus’ approaches final episode

After over 100 episodes, the Cooking With Angus TV series created by the GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will soon release its final episode. Featuring chefs from all over the world and graduates of the program in Grand Rapids, the final episode goes back and forth between Scotland and the USA showcasing an emotional, cultural, and deliciously compelling picture of Chef Angus’ career.

Raider Salute from the M-TEC for a phenomenal team effort during the storm

A Raider Salute from the Tassell M-TEC team:

A special thank you to Elly Bainbridge, Laurie Schaut, Dave Murray, and Klaas Kwant who worked tirelessly to get our video and materials created, printed, produced, and mailed for a national competition – all during a big polar vortex. While many were resting and staying warm, they were working furiously. We are so grateful for your willingness to go above and beyond to make GRCC look great. Thank you!

Cool story: GRCC travels to Iceland to prepare for upcoming Geology class

GRCC Geology Professor Tari Mattox and IT Media Staff Klaas Kwant gather materials for an introductory geology class at GRCC.

GRCC Geology Professor Tari Mattox and IT Media Staff Klaas Kwant are gathering materials for an introductory geology class at GRCC, and they traveled to Iceland to do it!

In this shot, they are in the eastern fjords recording different types of rock formations that demonstrate the impact of volcanoes and glaciers.  Each scene has been recorded in both 360-degree video and high resolution still images to allow students the ability to virtually explore the fjords.

GRCC staff travel to the MSU HUB

Klaas Kwant and staff inside a 360-degree projection space on the MSU HUB trip.

6 GRCC staff, representing the Learning Environments Team (faculty, I.T. and DL) recently visited the MSU Digital Scholarship Lab, Makerspace & HUB.

Their HUB uses a design-based approach to project management and implementation.  An interdisciplinary team approaches projects for faculty and other campus departments with a lean mindset, allowing failure and rapid adaptation to design – great for fostering innovation.

Dedicated space for faculty and community exists in their Makerspace, which contains many of the items we have in the ATC’s Maker Lab (3D Scanner, 3D Printers, Vinyl Cutters, BR viewing systems.)  Additionally, they house book making systems.  Their space is intentionally in the same building as the library to allow for greatest access, along with multiple staff to assist in the planning and use of tools.

They also have a 360-degree projection space in which 15-20 people can experience a group immersive presentation (six 4K projectors create an image that surrounds the audience.)

More pictures are available at https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPqHThBfNArOtOtWYTNIw19E7I2df-fmvgPdpPf_uaItMTC946KYkuoPX2eFvPtNA?key=UGNTZGlESXdUNERfeWpwVnJLZ2h4RV8xTVYtV2d3

Overall, it was a great demonstration of the value of having dedicated space for collaboration and experimentation.

“Fake News from a Journalist’s Perspective” next Tuesday (4/10)

Don’t miss the upcoming “Fake News from a Journalist’s Perspective” panel discussion!

"Fake News from a Journalist’s Perspective" poster for 4/10/18 event, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Library and Learning Commons, 2nd Floor; classes and public are welcome

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
11:30 a.m. Library and Learning Commons 2nd floor

Featuring:
· Catherine Behrendt (WZZM-13)
· Clayton Cummins (GRCC Alumnus & Anchor for WILX News-10)
· Justin Dawes (GRCC Alumnus & Grand Rapids Business Journal)
· Bart Deiters (WOOD TV-8)
· Jim Harger (MLive)
· Shelly Irwin (WGVU)
· Participation of student editors from the GRCC Collegiate.

The discussion will be facilitated by: Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, GRCC adjunct journalism professor, Collegiate Advisor & Former MLive reporter.

Our guest panel will discuss changing media landscape and the effects of fake news on the journalism industry.

Classes and public are welcome!

Sponsored by GRCC Campus Common Reading, the Collegiate Grand Rapids Community College Student Newspaper, Instructional Support, and the Library and Learning Commons.