University of North Alabama Encourages Student-Led Videos
'Leo Learning' Program Trains Students and Teachers to Use Camtasia
About UNA and Leo Learning
Located in Florence, Alabama, the University of North Alabama (UNA) is home to 7,100 students and offers more than 60 undergraduate majors. UNA has more than 50,000 alumni throughout Alabama, the Southeast region, and the world. UNA's Distance Learning Department started a pilot program called Leo Learning, in which the university helped train teachers and students at nearby Muscle Shoals High School and Middle School to use Camtasia to create their own video lessons.
It All Began With a Video Contest
UNA team members Brian Ford, Digital Media Specialist, Bonnie Coats, Coordinator of Distance Learning Outreach, and John McGee, Coordinator of Academic Technology, came up with the idea for the Leo Learning student video contest after hearing about Eric Marcos's Mathtrain.tv at the November Learning Conference.
Their goal was to encourage teachers to incorporate video tutorials into their lesson plans, and to encourage their students to help teach lessons through videos as well.
"We started by training teachers last September," said Brian. "During the training sessions, we went over the Camtasia tutorials found on TechSmith's website. At the end of the training, the faculty produced their own quick sample video to share among their colleagues."
Creative Video Lessons From Students
Brian, Bonnie, and John returned to the schools in December and helped the students as they worked to finish up their video submissions, which were posted on www.leolearning.com. In total, students submitted more than 30 video tutorials.
UNA faculty judged the videos during their spring semester and awarded prizes to the winners in May.
UNA plans on offering the same contest next school year and expanding Leo Learning to more schools in their area.
"Leo Learning is all about reaching out to area schools and helping to share this technology," said Bonnie. "It's a great way for students to express their creativity and teach each other."