We are looking for volunteers to serve as "Citizen Journalists" during the upcoming Sakai Conference in Boston. Your role would be to interview presenters whose sessions you find interesting and to produce a short video summary. Interviews of conference attendees, such as brief demos of Sakai capabilities, overviews of an organization's migration or integration strategy, or a survey of opinions about a topic, would also be very welcome. Our goal would be to gather such videos as quickly as possible, balanced against allowing some time to edit them for content and presentation quality, and post them for viewing during (or very shortly after) the conference.
If you are interested in helping out, but don't have your own video equipment, the Sakai Foundation will be providing a few Flip camera (or similar) setups for use during the conference. If you would like to help with interviewing, but don't know much about cameras and editing, or, if you are a videophile, but don't know much about interviewing, please still consider volunteering, and we will try to pair you up with someone who has a complimentary set of skills.
If you would like to volunteer to help with this effort, please add yourself to the table below.
Initial Meet-Up at Conference
Let's plan to meet at breakfast on the first day, 8:00AM, Wednesday, 8 July 2009 (breakfast starts at 7:30AM, opening remarks start at 8:30AM). Look for Peter at a table near the back of the room.
- where to post your videos
- where the "interview room/table" is (a quieter place to go record people, but feel free to do it anywhere you would like)
- match people up who want to work with someone
- share some tips and best practices
- Looking for topic suggestions? Here are some of the questions I get asked most commonly that would benefit from some short videos on first-hand experiences:
- It probably goes without saying that interesting stories and best practices about using Sakai for teaching or collaboration are always great to have around! The more there are, the easier it is to direct someone to a clip that is relevant to their needs.
- Interview someone who has recently migrated to Sakai from Blackboard, WebCT, homegrown, etc. Ask them about how they piloted, planned out the transition, integration with other campus systems, timelines, staffing levels, end-user support preparations, hardware/software server configurations, budgets, getting faculty buy-in, etc.
- Integration with existing campus systems, most commonly SIS (Peoplesoft, Oracle, Datatel, etc.), LDAP directories, etc.
- What is Sakai 3?
- How do I get help with Sakai? Interview community members about how they use and benefit from the community email lists and wiki (Confluence). Interview some of the Sakai Commercial Affiliates, who offer a variety of support and customization services, and their customers.
- Interview any speaker whose talk you found interesting to create a short overview of their presentation.
- Please feel free to add your own suggestions to this list!
Please add your name and what equipment you will bringing to this list. Also, if you need a piece of equipment, feel free to post that info here too, and hopefully someone else on the list can help you out.
Matt Plourde will also pilot UStream during the conference. If you have a webcam, please bring it! We could have more than one feed at the same time. Contact Matt for more info (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Need a partner? (Interviewer or Videophile?)
What Equipment are your Bringing? (What do you need to Borrow?) (What can you lend to others?)
Mathieu Plourde (aka Uber-Citizen Journalist)
University of Deleware
Yes, a Co-Twitterer would be appreciated. A Waterboy and a donkey could also be helpful
Flip Mino (60 minutes), Flip Ultra (60 minutes), mini-tripod, small tripod, photo camera, onmidirectional microphones (2 table, 1 lavalier), MacBook Pro with Final Cut, TwistCam, QuickTime Pro, 3 webcams, power cord, switch, tape... And many more...
Needs to borrow Sakai flip camera
Have cams, will video
video camera, Looking to borrow a tripod
Interviewer would be helpful
Yvette Lapa Dessap
Needs to borrow Sakai flip camera
University of North Carolina
Happy to work alone or with anyone who wants to partner.
The Works (HD camera, microphone, tripod, Final Cut Pro, etc.)
Salwa Khan (email@example.com)
Texas State University
Will be happy to work with anyone who needs an interviewer--I can also edit video, but won't be bringing an edit setup myself.
Works well with others but also happy to work Solo but will Twitter for free
FLIP camera and lots of enthusiasm!!
Probably won't have much time to do interviews, but will help out where I can.
Sakai has two Flip UltraHD 120 minute videocameras for anyone to borrow during the conference.
Have FlipHD; tripod would be nice
Amber D. Evans
Have mobile phone, will travel blog and tweet. I would be willing to be an interviewer if anyone needs one still.
Feel free to post your videos by attaching them to this page, or posting them to somewhere like YouTube. Please make sure to tag them with "sakai09".