I created a draft submission for internal review board approval of our plan to hand out some questionnaires at the DUG meeting. Hopefully the findings will be published, so it’s important to go about things properly.
Specifically, I’ll be showing alternate video styles (more or fewer effects, such as animations and zooming) and asking for the audience’s preferences. The question becomes: if I’m showing 2 or 3 videos and asking the audience to tell me which style of video they prefer, do I vary the content from video to video? The biologist in me says no, wanting to reduce variables. But then, the audience could say they learned better from the second and third styles, rather than the first, just because that’s the second and third time around they’re seen the information. Or they could prefer the the first video they see simply because the information is no longer novel and therefore no longer interesting.
And so, I created a one-question poll that WordPress won’t let me embed. Please click this finely-crafted link to vote in the poll, or post your thoughts below as a comment. Thank you!
I also worked on scripts for the tutorial videos for ONEMercury. It’s funny how carefully you examine details and how deeply you learn something when charged with teaching others. I’ve had several questions about the exact function of some of the tool’s options; these have been passed on to the ONEMercury team.
My goal of very short videos is going to be a challenge – even after editing my scripts for length, some of them have a recorded speaking time of just over a minute. I’d like to keep content to less than a minute, so more cutting is order. I love to be precise and to provide lots of information, so this is very good practice at being concise!
By next week I’ll have full video examples of the styles I’d like test at the DUG.