Thursday 12 December 2013

Introduction to DSLR: a workshop to train the Learning Technologist

I have been working hard putting together a selection of photographic/video equipment for the learning technologists to help demonstrate effective use of technologies to staff. The idea was to empower them to create their own videos for workshops and demonstrations of other learning technologies.  This has culminated in the creation of a workshop to train my colleagues in the art of the possible. Thought I would share the plan of a very fun session :)

Timings and learning outcomes for DSLR show and train for LTs

10:00 Technical introduction to the equipment.

10:15 Demonstration of the following (This includes using the Zoom MP3 recorder):

  1. Face to camera interview.
  2. Interviewer and interviewee scenario.
  3. Still photograph (head and shoulders).

10:45 Breakout groups of ~6:

  1. One group remains in classroom.
  2. The other group goes elsewhere.

11:15 Breakout group return to classroom and discusses experiences with others.

11:30 Pack away equipment and ready for staff Christmas meal.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand how to handle both camera and MP3 recorder for basic operation.
  • Photograph a subject (person).
  • Use the camera for an interview.
  • Use the MP3 for an interview.


Much thanks to Ed Bremner (Learning Technologist) who helped co-run and develop this session, with his excellent knowledge and experience of video and stills photography.