In this episode, four University of Edinburgh staff members, Jo Merrifield, Education Programme Manager at the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility, Michael Gallagher, Programme Director of the MSc in Digital Education, Velda McCune, Deputy Director of the Institute for Academic Development and Brian Mather, Senior E-Learning Developer at the Veterinary school, connect to discuss how they use Media Hopper Create in their work. This episode begins our Media Hopper Create series, which investigates the stories and usefulness of the University’s media asset management system.
Media Hopper Create is the University’s Media Asset Management system, which puts video at the heart of teaching, learning, research and public engagement. The quartet’s conversation begins with each participant detailing how they use Media Hopper Create in their work, also touching on its usefulness during the pandemic. Among the variety of uses mentioned are lecture recordings, student assessment, student-staff co-creation, creating learning resources, podcasts and research dissemination.
The conversation then turns to the aspects of Media Hopper Create that the participants particularly appreciate, including its captioning and capacity for inclusivity, accessibility and interoperability. They discuss some common fears before using the service, and how its usability left those fears unfounded. Jo touches on Media Hopper Create’s interoperability with editing software, such as Davinci Resolve, which Vel points out the benefits of its accessibility.
One of the things I really like about using Media Hopper is that it lets you do things that make it accessible – in the sense of not being too hard to use and also in including diverse groups of students. The fact that you can use it on a mobile phone and do not need fancy technology, and that you could use it just with audio if bandwidth is an issue. Somebody with caring responsibilities could pick up a recorded conversation in the evening when it suits them, or somebody who has to work can pick things up at a time that works for them.
This conversation is a must-listen for anyone interested in using Media Hopper Create and unclear how it can benefit their practice, or someone wanting to hear about sharing good practice. In next week’s episode, the group reunites to discuss tips, tricks and challenges with Media Hopper Create.
Jo Merrifield is the Education Core Manager at the Edinburgh Clinical Research Facility (CRF). The CRF is a joint venture between the University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian, with the Education Core responsible for providing courses, events and learning opportunities for the local and national clinical research community. She is a Registered Nurse with a passion to make quality education accessible to all.
Brian is a Senior e-Learning Developer in the Digital Education Unit at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine, where he is responsible for e-learning development and guidance for online postgraduate programmes. He has worked in digital education since 2009 and with the University of Edinburgh since 2013. Prior to his move into education, Brian trained as an industrial designer working in exhibition, furniture, graphic, and web design where he developed a unique blend of skills harnessed to create engaging and innovative learning materials for students. His current areas of interest are video production for practical skills teaching, 3D digital modelling and animation for anatomy teaching, virtual reality simulation and digital environments for online students.
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Eric is a Mathematics and Statistics student at The University of Edinburgh, and a podcasting intern for Teaching Matters. Eric is passionate about university student mental health, interviewing researchers for the Student Mental Health Research Network at King’s College London, leading the University of Edinburgh’s WellComm Kings Peer Support Scheme, and conducting research on stigma for People With Mental Illnesses (PWMI). In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing sports, over-analysing hip-hop songs, podcasts, and any sort of wholesome shenanigans.